Friday, August 07, 2009

10:11 AM

NDP draws near

In 2 more days, its D Day. With flags up around the neighbourhood and grassroots leaders preparing their constituencies for mass dinners and celebrations, it seems no one has been left uninfected by the patriotic fever. All except the people behind the execution and saikang, people like the army, people like me.

Doing setups and teardowns day after day at my video site in Woodlands, all for the sake of showing Singapore the celebration at the heartlands has made me long immune to this fever already. This article at the temasekreview (formerly wayangparty) is an interesting read. So much resources dedicated to it, but I do not know for sure its effectiveness.

Just yesterday, I saw someone hanging a flag on a corridor in an opposite block. I was delighted by his spirit of patriotism. Once he was done, my heart sank when I saw what he did next. He carried a large carton box (presumably full of flags) and went downstairs and hung another flag. I watched him intently as he meticulously hung the flags floor by floor till the whole building was decked out in red and white.

I knew for years this practice has been going on by volunteers or contractors commissioned by grassroots leaders. To see it with my own eyes invokes a different set of feelings. Do WE have to resort to this just to show our patriotism? Or is that none in the first place?

My area used to be under the former Cheng San GRC which almost went into the hands of the Workers Party in the 1997 General Election by a small margin. In subsequent elections, Cheng San was split up and now I am in Ang Mo Kio GRC. That by the way, was the first time my parents voted in their lives. Has that left a negative aftertaste in the people here? I wouldn't know. For them, I know its part of the answer.

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