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St. Patrick’s School – 1979 or 1980


All through our college a voice is resounding,
Promptly respond to your duty’s sweet call.
Harken each one for the trumpet is sounding,
Your Mater’s proclaiming her watchword to all.

Forward, her children dear,
Ever with heart sincere,
Render with joy to your Mater her due;
All that is vile reject; Heaven will then protect,
Sons of St. Patrick’s valiant and true.



So, for the first time, I get to vote.

I’m not a PAP man. Neither am I an opposition man.

I’ll vote on the basis of perceived merits and what I feel is best for the constituency, the nation and myself – in that order.

However, I already have a dilemma when looking at the PAP candidates for my GRC.

I like S Iswaran. I think he’s a good man and has substance.

I’m not enamoured by Arthur Fong for reasons I shall not elaborate here.

However, I really, really, really don’t want Foo Mee Har in parliament. I really don’t. Really.

So, if I decide to consider PAP, I’ll have to decide whether my desire to have S Iswaran in parliament outweighs my aversion for having Foo Mee Har in parliament.

GRC system is not good. I’m not sure what I’m voting for anymore. I want to vote for individuals based on merit and not a GRC. Isn’t the nation built on the foundation of meritocracy? What formula do I use to vote?