The #GE2015 is in full swing and like the rest of the Singapore I cannot escape from hearing about the AHPETC ( Aljunied Hougang Punggol East Town Council) saga. The 6 letters A.H.P.E.T.C haunt all of us to no end!
I will not bore you with the details but it is essentially a “he say… but she say.. and then he say.. she say etc.”sort of scenario. Yawn! I think you get the picture. It is a stalemate mate!
So besides believing the PAP (swallowing the bait, hook and sinker) , that the PAP’s hearts are pure and virtuous, we are to believe that the WP’s are black and dirty?
But why is it different this time round compared to previous GE’s? The MSM ( Maintream Media) or traditional media eg ST/Mediacorp etc is not having anymore of the status quo… The press wants freedom and democracy as much as the next guy? Is it possible?
I spoke to a SPH journalist and said that
The **** ( name of the newspaper) seem to be fairer to all sides this GE? . The journalist ( the sex hidden to hide the identity) said that in this day and age of the new media, **** has no choice. Readers will read from other sources ( or watch other video channels) if they deemed MSM being PAP’s mouthpiece.
BTW-Straits Times started as being anti-PAP!
Some one chided me that I should not praise journalists for just doing what they are supposed to?
But I am a hopeless optimist (naïve you say?) and I feel that with the encouragement of the people and competition from new media, MSM eg Straits Times, LHZB , Mediacorp etc can step up to the plate and play its roles as the “Fourth Estate”
"Burke said that there were three Estates in Parliament, but in the Reporters Gallery yonder, there sat a fourth Estate more important far than they all."
The three estates in the above quote referred to the British parliament,( the Lords Temporal, the Lords Spiritual and the Commons). The Lords Temporal and the Lords Spiritual combined being The House of Lords, the upper House of parliament. And the Commons is The House of Commons or the British lower House.
Am I naïve and will time prove that the MSM has a last trick up its sleeve and is just lulling me into a false sense of security and then pulling a fast one just before 9-11?
4.… but just in case I am wrong
Then I say, on Cooling off day (Sept 10)- do not watch or read any Singapore originated newspaper nor listen/watch any Mediacorp news broadcast.
Do we have to be do cynical?
May the best candidates win! Majullah Singapura!
Let's celebrate or mourn whatever the results may be and live and fight another day!
Oh.. don't forget we are all Singaporeans and we are doing this because we all love Singapore!