It’s quite obvious I am a public servant. I work for the Singapore government and in a lot of ways, I spread their agenda and their messages.
At dinner yesterday, a friend pointed confidently at me and said that I would definitely vote PAP because I am a civil servant. Today, I read this post. I also overheard a few ladies discussing how public servants will definitely vote for PAP because they will be served notice if they do not (although the strange thing was, the example she used was SIA which really isn’t part of the civil service and makes me wonder how confused she is).
Here’s what I think.
As a public servant, I work for the Singapore government, no matter what party is in power. Whether or not I agree with the politics of PAP or the opposition has little bearing on my ability to carry out my job. I took an oath to serve my country, not PAP. But more importantly, I don’t want to be ruled by fear. And to vote for the PAP simply because they might sack me from my job is exactly that – allowing fear to influence my life and in all honesty, that really isn’t the best way to serve your country. So if you are a public servant and you really want to serve your country, then vote the party who you believe will do the best job in looking after her and not because you are afraid. Vote for the PAP because you think they are the ones who will best serve Singapore.
(And really, I highly doubt that our votes are not secret at least for now. Since my vote is secret, this post isn’t any indication of my voting decision.)