With the upcoming General Elections scheduled on 7 May 11, momentum and pace of election news and buzz are starting to pick up in fervour. This elections will determine the ruling party for the next 4 years for Singapore, and possibly affect the lives of thousands of Singaporeans, youth or not. However, there has been a general impression that youths in Singapore have adopted a very indifferent attitude towards politics as a whole, probably due to the fact that Singapore has been relatively successful. However, it is highly important that youths take a more interested stance in politics and this elections and here are some reasons why.
The Future Belongs to the Youth
As a youth now, you will be inheriting the future, good or bad, successful or failure, of our country. Thus whatever happens to our government WILL directly impact you, and in the very near future.
Singapore Cannot Afford to Fail
As a small, tiny dot in the world arena, there is really no room for Singapore to fail. Unlike bigger countries, with natural resources, if Singapore slips, the way back up will be much much harder. Singapore may never even get up from any fall. Needless to say, the ruling party and the government play a pivotal role in determining the success or failure of our country.
Youths will be in a position to shape change
You may not be in the position to make any significant changes or impact on our country at the moment. But within a few years, the power will be within your grasp if you desire. The youngest nominee in this election is a mere 24 years (Nicole Seah) from NSP and the next youngest will be Tin Pei Ling, at 28 years old from PAP. Be apart from joining politics, you will be reaching an age when your voice can actually be heard and your hands can actually shape our country. If you do not start now to be aware of what's going on in politics, when you come of age, you will be unprepared for the possibilities.
There is no excuse with the age of internet and social media
In the past, many have the excuse that they do not have access to the necessary information to be involved or to care. But with Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, forums and tons of other media available on the internet, the amount of information available to you is staggering. You no longer need to make time to attend rally speeches to be kept constantly updated. Thus there is no excuse!
It is Your Responsibility
Even if you don't care, you have a responsibility for the next generation that comes after you. As mentioned before, Singapore cannot afford any major slips. If our government falls into corruption, we may never get up again. Is this the risk that you want to put your children in? The price you pay for doing due diligence is insignficant compared with the potential price you may have to pay in the future.
Hope these reasons will force you to reconsider your position about politics especially if you are still schooling. Take the time to read up on what the various politial parties stand for. Especially, take the time to study the ruling party and what they promise and are doing, and make sure that they are indeed doing what's best for our country. If they continue to walk on the straight and narrow path, we are ok. But if they start straying, we will need people like yourself to put them right. So, do you even know who are the nominees running in your own constituency and who you might vote for if given the chance?