Make your view count
I post my suggestions on how to improve life in Singapore by changing some existing govt policies. I carry out my research and thought over the issue carefully before posting my views. My suggestions cover national service, HDB, CPF and other issues.
Some of these suggestions reflect a govt that is incompetent or out of touch with the real issues facing the people.
Some of my friends worry that the people in power will be offended by my suggestions and may target me in legal and other means. They ask me to be careful and avoid offending them.
Should I keep quiet?
I will take the risk and continue my activity. I consider these suggestions to be a useful contribution to help improve the govt policies in Singapore.
There are many people who tell me that I should continue my work and post their appreciation for my effort. I ask these people to help me in the following ways:
a) If my suggestions are posted in #HearMeOut, you can click on the “Vote” link and vote your agreement. Make your vote count. Do not be passive. Remember, you can vote “agree” if you largely agree with the suggestion. You do not need to agree 100%.
Do not worry about voting because I am not asking you to give your email address. I store a cookie in your browser to make sure that you can only vote once and not multiple times. But I do not know your identity.
b) There will be people who attack me personally for posting my views. There may be paid by the Internet Brigade or may be just shallow people who like to disagree out of arrogance or mischief. Often, they post fake information to confuse the issue.
I like to ask my supporters to help me to rebut these negative views and ask them to justify their comments. Do not leave the burden to me alone.
I am not asking only for agreement. If you disagree, you can voice your disagreement but you have to give your reason. Do not just disagree because you have a different view, because that is a mark of arrogance and disrespect.
Many people think that our present govt only look after their self interest and are not concerned about the welfare of the people. I think that this view is somewhat justified, although I personally do not think that they are that bad.
We need the govt to know the true feelings of the people. We need more people to come forward to voice their views. Your vote in the #HearMeOut platform is one way of doing it. I hope you will do so.
Tan Kin Lian