My speech starts at 22:00.
ENOUGH! IT’S TIME FOR CHANGE
Speech by Gerald Giam at Workers’ Party GE 2011 Rally in Hougang Central on 28 April 2011.
Friends and fellow Singaporeans, good evening!
My name is Gerald Giam and I am a candidate for the Workers’ Party in East Coast GRC.
Just a few years ago, I would have never imagined standing here under the banner of the Workers’ Party. My parents were both government servants. I too used to be a foreign service officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Like many other Singaporeans of my generation, I was brought up to look to the PAP as the only hope for leading Singapore.
How mistaken I was to believe their propaganda!
I have now seen for myself the failed policies of the PAP. I’ve seen their declining quality of leadership. Their 52 years in power has made them complacent and arrogant. The PAP today acts as if they are entitled to your support, just because of the past generation’s successes.
But, my fellow Singaporeans, we all know that just because the PAP has had its past glories, does not mean that the PAP of today will is just as good.
In just the last 5 years, we’ve seen our country become so overcrowded because of the PAP’s mismanaged immigration policies. Every day, we ordinary Singaporeans face the indignity of squeezing into packed trains and buses, even late into the night! Traffic gridlock is getting worse and worse, even with ERP in operation at 10 o’clock at night. We face a housing crunch because the PAP failed to plan for enough housing to cope with all the new arrivals.
Our cost of living is shooting up. Electricity bills are up. Bus fares are up. Food prices are up. Even the flood waters are going up. The only thing that is not going up much are your salaries!
Five years ago, Singaporeans elected the PAP with 66% of the vote. The PAP took this as an endorsement of their policies and style of governance. Within months, they raised the GST from 5 to 7% and allowed in the biggest flood of foreign workers our country has ever seen. This is the price you pay for voting for them!
My fellow Singaporeans, you deserve much better than this.
The Workers’ Party offers you a brighter vision for Singapore. We believe Singaporeans are looking for more than just material benefits. We know you want your voices to be heard.
We will put Singaporeans first in all our policies. We want a more caring and compassionate society. We want a society that gives every Singaporean a greater sense of belonging to our country.
If you elect us to be your MPs, we will focus our efforts on uplifting low-income workers and easing the burdens of working professionals.
We will do this by putting pressure on the government to control the inflow of foreign workers, so that Singaporeans will have more bargaining power to demand for higher wages.
We will press the government to increase Workfare payouts—and its cash component—so that every Singaporean takes home a decent income.
We will stand up for your rights. We will speak up for you and point out the areas where the Government is not serving you well.
If the PAP does not respond to your feedback, we will voice out your concerns in Parliament and embarrass them into action. This is something that PAP MPs cannot do. I don’t blame them, because who dares to go against their own bosses!
This election, the Workers’ Party presents to you a team of sincere, committed and capable candidates. By electing Workers’ Party candidates into Parliament, you will be voting in a real check on the power of the PAP. You will be helping to build a First World Parliament that all Singaporeans can be proud of.
With enough elected MPs in Parliament, we will be able to speak with a louder voice and vote against those PAP policies which are hurting you and your family.
The PAP has already ruled you with little opposition for the past 52 years. Do you want to give them another strong mandate to dominate your lives for another 5 years?
This election is our chance to take back the country that we love. On Polling Day, we must stand up together and say enough! Enough of their arrogance; enough of their lack of accountability; enough of their complacency!
My fellow Singaporeans, please join us in this very important journey to secure Singapore’s future. This election is a defining moment in our nation’s history.
You hold the key to our nation’s future. You can change the course of our nation’s history for the better.
Together we can make this change to bring about a better Singapore for you and your children.
Every vote counts. Vote with your conscience and not with fear.
Vote for the Workers’ Party. Let’s move together towards a First World Parliament!