Sunday, 28 June 2020

My first conspiracy theory about GE 2020

So I woke up to this story:

GE2020: PM Lee accepts PAP candidate Ivan Lim’s withdrawal; says ‘thorough investigation’ not possible given nature of GE campaign

“I recognise that the controversy over my candidacy has eclipsed the core issues of what this election should be about — Singapore’s future and the difficult steps we have to take to recover from Covid-19,” Mr Lim wrote.
“The controversy has also caused intense pain and stress for my family. I cannot put my family through this,” he added. “I thank the party for giving me this opportunity to serve.”
In accepting Mr Lim’s withdrawal, Mr Lee [PM] said that the controversy over his candidature was unfortunate.
“Ideally, there would have been a fair and deliberate consideration of these allegations. Unfortunately, the nature of the campaign is such that we do not have time for a thorough investigation,” Mr Lee said in his reply to Mr Lim.
“The allegations spread like wildfire online, eclipsing the serious life and death issues we must grapple with,” Mr Lee, who is also the prime minister, added.

Everything I need to know for the GE 2020

So there was this Simplified List of Political Parties in Singapore to bring Singaporeans up to date on the fauna of Singapore's political landscape. 

Which tried to be as apolitical as possible. 

And not to rock the boat.

This is my list. Based on their list. With what I think is the various parties' "claim to fame", and my take on the parties.

Friday, 26 June 2020

Three Gorges Dam - disaster awaiting?

The Three Gorges Dam is an engineering and construction marvel. Or at least a technological challenge. And a socially disruptive endeavour. With environmental and ecological impacts that were... ignored?

My personal superficial view of this feat of engineering and construction was that it is what a big country does. It is what a rising power chooses to do to showcase its capacity and ability.

It is what it is.

Then the last few days, my Youtube feed was getting quite a few videos about unceasing storms in China, leading to flooding, and the danger of the Three Gorges Dam giving way.

Thursday, 25 June 2020

A GE in the time of a pandemic

Is it a good idea to have a General Elections in the midst of a pandemic?

Well, if you ask the opposition, like Tan Cheng Bock, the answer is no.

In fact, any experienced (and/or smart) politician can tell you that having an election during a crisis, like a new pandemic, will result in a "flight to safety" (or a flight to quality).

Basically, if your job is on the line, if your income is not secure, if your business is shaky because of the economic disruption caused by the pandemic, you want a government with a proven track record to steer the country.

A crisis is not the time to "experiment" with untested politicians who have little to no experience leading a country let alone leading a country during a crisis.

Unless the incumbent government has done a terrible job, and you might want to try something new.