The Bukit Batok By-Election date is confirmed to be on 7 May. The contest will heat up significantly soon. SDP has already announced a slew of social programs that they would implement if they were to get elected. Almost in response, PAP’s Murali then announced plans to build a multi-generational park and some covered linkways.
But, as highlighted in this article, the way Murali talked about PAP’s plans for Bukit Batok sounded a lot like the carrot and sticks type of pork barrel politics PAP has been known for. And, as the article said, it doesn’t even make sense!
“The money set aside to build the park and the linkways are currently from Jurong Town Council. But that money comes from the residents’ service and conservancy charges and taxpayers. If SDP wins, Jurong Town Council will have to hand over the accounts and funds to the newly formed town council that SDP will form. Just like how WP had to hand over the Punggol East’s accounts to PAP’s Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council after GE2015.
Unless PAP’s Jurong Town Council refuses to handover the accounts and funds, the newly formed town council will have the necessary funds to build the park and linkways if they wanted to. Of course, the newly SDP’s newly formed town council may decide not to build a park.”
Come on la… money comes from the people leh… not from the PAP leh… Stop using it as a carrot to dangle in front of voters la. Voters of Bukit Batok aren’t donkeys you know… Stupid.
And for a moment, I had hoped that this would be a contest of ideas. Who has better ideas that would go further to help the residents of Bukit Batok? But ideas are cheap. Implementation is key. So I had also hoped that this would be a good clean fight to convince Bukit Batok residents who, SDP or PAP, has a better team to implement ideas (incidentally, another article had a poll asking who readers think will be better able to implement social programmes… the poll is, as the time of writing, 15 for PAP and 14 for SDP).
But hope is a fragile thing. And Murali had just proven that my hope was misplaced. If Murali continues saying these kind of things, then he really ought to lose.