First I didn’t know that there are elections held in Singapore at all. After everything I had heard about the political system in Singapore before actually boarding my plane, I was pretty much convinced that Singapore was ruled by whomever decides to rule and was nothing more then a pseudo democracy. Again, this is not after having lived here but what represents the general image the Western world provides about Singapore’s political situation.
Oha, Hot Topic!
How many times did I sit together with my friends to discuss Singapore’s political system, one-party democracy and weird way of appointing rather then voting new governmental positions… Let’s say, it isn’t an easy thing to talk about and our discussions are certainly not over yet.
But besides personal opinions and ideals, I want to give an easy and quick oversight about the general political system in Singapore, and how it is supposed to work. For everyone new to Singapore easy to understand.
Did anybody else notice that those security uncles checking random bags at MRT stations are getting more aggressive and ridiculous in their choice of “to be screened” items? I mean how am I supposed to hide a Bazooka in my small briefcase and what would I do with it at Kallang in the first place? Anyway, its all in preparation for the upcoming visit of Mr. President Obama to Singapore I assume. Safety first.
The International Tribune Harald today features an article that in a quite humurous way summarizes and partly analyzes the Singapore Governments useless efforts of “producing” a smarter generation by bringing together smart ladies with smart men to produce smart children, and not only a couple but until 2050 at least 2 million of these brightl artificial Einsteins.