01 May, 2011

超值套餐 · Extra Value Meal

集选区制度就像快餐店的超值套餐。
Group Representation Constituency (GRC) is like any fastfood Extra Value Meal (EVM).


套餐的食物未必全是你喜欢的,但却是一并购买所得。
There may be things you like and/or dislike, but they come as a set.

集选区的制度是自1988年实行以来,新加坡所独有。最初的单选区演变成三人一组的集选区,至今的团队则可多达6人。

Such an electoral constituency, according to dearest Wikipedia, is unique to Singapore politics, and has been around since 1988. What started as Single Member Constituency (SMC) became 3-people teams, and by now, up to 6 people a team.

但就像超值套餐一样,我未必喜欢所有的候选人。

But just like any extra value meal, I don't necessarily like ALL the items.

关键就在这里——

Here's the catch though-


你可以把薯条加大、把水换了,但你没有办法对集选团队进行任何的改变。没有灰色的地带,只有完全接受或完全拒绝。

You can upsize your fries or change your drinks, but you can't make ANY changes to the GRC team presented to you. It's a clear choice of YES or NO.

事实上,这就等于你的选择只能是购买或离开。

In reality, that's almost equivalent to either having an extra value meal, or simply walking out from the food chain.

就以以上例子而言,我不禁思考为什么新加坡人能够接受这样不合逻辑的制度。
Having said that, I start to wonder what made Singaporeans willing to accept such illogical systems.

团队中几乎都会有优秀的团员,所以为个别候选人投票不是更合逻辑吗?无论哪个党,只要以得票率最高的候选人为新委任团队,有何不可?这不就两全其美、各有发展、各得奉献的平台与机会吗?

There's almost always bound to be a good candidate of a team, so wouldn't it be better for the voters to vote for members from both GRC teams, and the highest votes candidates get the seats? I think that's having the best of both worlds, and both parties get to serve the constituencies.


还有另一件关于集选区、超值套餐和提名日的事情想说一说——

Another thing about GRC, EVM and Nomination Day-

我觉得既是没有竞争,集选团队也应经过拉票和投票过程,让人民有所认识外也确保所有候选人都是通过努力才能得到议席,尤其是新进候选人。
I think the candidates should still go through campaign and voting on Voting Day even if there's no competition, so that no candidate especially newly-introduced ones would get a free pass to Parliament without effort.

我相信如果能实践,肯定有关于一位年轻就退休,言行举止不是非常妥当的候选会引起大众的讨论。

For one, I guess people would have something against Major-General Chan Chun Sing, with the way he speaks and carries himself.

学历和能力搁着不谈,候选人也需要得到人民认可和认识的能力。我觉得这是人民行动党在长年累月的胜利中逐渐淡忘的重点之一。
Credentials and capability aside, ability to connect with the people and get their approval is the most basic thing that I feel PAP has forgotten.


我还有一些想法……

Here are my thoughts-


当议员不再走向人民的一天,就是人民离你而去的一天。

The day you stop moving towards the people is the day the people start moving away from you.


当任何候选人告诉你:‘注意候选人以外,他们背后的党’时,反问他们:“你是会为有投选能力者服务,还是为人民服务?”

While the candidates ask you,"think if you are voting for a candidate or the party",
pose them the question,"are you helping the voters, or all Singaporeans".


看看老一辈的议员现在的现况,然后扪心自问是否愿意踏上同一条路。
如果不要,就要思考怎么努力与改变,到时候才能过得比他们好。

See how the elder MPs are like, and ask yourself if you want to be in their shoes.
If your answer is no, think about how you can get better by their time.


如果集选区的制度是可取的,何不见其他国家效仿?

If the GRC system is correct, why isn't any other country adapting it?



最后,还想要回复一些部长所不能苟同的两个司机言论。因为可见他们没有搭普通巴士到马国的经验。

And in response to a few ministers' response about the two-drivers example, apparently you guys haven't been average a person enough to take a bus/coach to Malaysia.


从新加坡往返马国的巴士就是有两位司机的例子,谁说没有的?另外,会发生意外的往往就是司机睡着或副司机没来轮流带班。
Those indeed have two drivers, and the cases when accidents happened were when either one fell asleep or that the other was absent from the trip.