Voters, PAP must keep the faith

The conjecture by the Workers' Party's Ms Sylvia Lim that a pushback from voters sensing a growing opposition movement could have resulted in the surprising electoral outcome was probably correct ("'All-out contest may have worked against opposition'"; Sept 13).

Throughout the hustings, there were no security and economy strategies being proposed by the various opposition parties.

Instead, there were the same rowdy choruses echoed about elderly garbage collectors or cleaners.

I agree with the PAP's Ms Denise Phua's suggestions that the opposition should seek these elderly out and help them ("Opposition 'riles people up for polls'"; Sept 10).

There were also candidates whose main platform was speaking up on issues that the Government was already addressing ("Review of benefits for unwed mothers"; July 29).

In the end, I was convinced that I should not use my precious vote to play "checks and balances" with a government that had given me stability, security and peace over the past 50 years.

The Government's leadership renewal process seems to be taking security seriously in engaging former defence chief Ng Chee Meng and former senior police officer Melvin Yong .

Over the past 50 years, the Government has done well in helping Singaporeans cope with the uncertainties and fluctuations of the shaky world economy, and it should have the ability to weather them again.

I am glad that I did my due diligence and spent my one vote wisely. It has translated into "precious political capital" that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has assured us that he and his team will make good use of ("Strong mandate must be used wisely"; Sept 17).

I appreciate the opposition for the notable improvements seen on the ground after the 2011 General Election. Nonetheless, I am comforted by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam's assurance that the Government is now more willing to listen and engage the people ("Govt now more willing to listen and engage, says Tharman"; Sept 10).

I hope the Government will reward the people fairly in terms of employment opportunities and on housing issues.

Priscilla Poh Beng Hoon (Ms)