PAP candidate for Marine Parade GRC Goh Chok Tong joined the Aljunied GRC walkabout on Sept. 6 to lend some weight to the minister-less PAP team of first-timers.
Questioned by reporters about the mood on the ground, this is what he had to say:
ESM Goh: "Many people are caught in a dilemma. They told us quite openly, they want to support the PAP. But at the same time, they are afraid, if they vote for the PAP, Workers' Party will be out, and therefore there will be no opposition party…in parliament.I would advise (them) to look at their own interests as a voter. What are your values?" #ge2015 #Aljunied
Posted by Yahoo Singapore on Saturday, September 5, 2015
Response from the video:
Reporter: Why you come here and how you find the ground?
Goh Chok Tong: I’ve been to Aljunied a few days ago, this is my second time over here.
I came here primarily to show moral support for the team here. It’s a very good team, very humble, working very hard and not attracting big news in the media. It’s a very hardworking and humble team.
And secondly, there is the ground.
My sense of the ground is that many people are caught in a dilemma. They told us openly. They want to support the PAP but at the same time they are afraid if they vote for the PAP, then Workers’ Party may be out and therefore there will be no opposition party, no Mr Low Thia Khiang, Ms Sylvia Lim in parliament.
So how to solve this dilemma? My own advice is not to argue for the PAP or against the Workers’ Party — is to look at your own issues as a voter. What are your values? Because when you vote for somebody, you must vote for candidates with values you appreciate. Values of humility, sincerity, hardwork, integrity, honesty, they are very important. They align your values and the values of candidates.
Secondly, vote for your own future and your children’s future. Who can help you better in the future?
So, if you rationalise and look at these two and come to a decision. To me, it is your choice.
If you ask for my opinion, of course I say vote for the PAP, but that’s not a very neutral opinion, I’m bias towards the PAP.
So, just make up your own mind, in terms of the dilemma, on the basis of values and the future.