With the by-election of Bukit Batok set, the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) has unveiled their tried-and-tested method of
buying getting votes; upgrading!
To the surprise of no one, PAP candidate Murali Pillai announced the government's upgrading plans for the ward just in time for the by-election. As per usual, the opposition criticized this move by PAP. Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam defended the plans on Tuesday (26 April) saying that the criticism by the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) was just “bluster”.
Honestly, I don't know why the PAP even bother. Everyone in Singapore knows the upgrading plans were tried to the by-election. Would there be plans for upgrading for Bukit Batok if there was no by-election? To say "highly unlikely" is being generous. So why bother denying an accepted fact. Especially when there's no need for it!
Simply put, Singaporeans accept the fact that the PAP will give them "goodies" for their votes. Yes, I agree with the people who say that such a move by the PAP is using public money to forward the PAP agenda but since when has that matter? To most Singaporeans (and almost every member of the PAP), the Singapore government and the PAP is one and the same.
So the PAP is using the upgrading issue to get vote? Get use to it. It's par for course in Singapore.