The country’s a-twitter with the buzz from the Singapore General Elections – and rightly so, this year’s opposition parties have been the strongest we’ve seen since 1991. This election also marks the first time my peers and I will be able to vote – the first time we’re given an opportunity to voice our opinions where it matters, the first time we’ll be able to participate in deciding the government who control our nation’s tomorrow. Apathetic youth? I’ll hear none of that, thanks.
This election is particularly important for me largely because I am registered to vote in Aljunied GRC. George Yeo has done a great job in the estate but the holy trinity of politics: Hougang’s Go-to Guy for the past 20 years, Low Thia Khiang, ridiculously capable Sylvia Lim, and the Chuck Norris of the Worker’s Party, Chen Show Mao, is fiercely contesting the area.
In short, GE’2011 is some next level shit.
It’s not surprising that social media is pretty much on fire right now with topics like Aljunied GRC, #papsmear (lol), NSP and Workers’ Party trending on Twitter and I’m using my social stream on Facebook to be kept up to date with what’s happening on-ground and engaged with the different political parties. But what exactly are people saying?
A+ for my agency, Tribal DDB Singapore who collaborated with Brandtology in coming up with a very awesome aerial view on all the buzz online.
You can also go slightly further into detail with each political party and also sort the sentiments into GRCs and SMCs – very nifty. I’ve got a small pickle to pick, the same briney issue I have with unmonitored analysis, that computers are unable to detect sarcasm…which could account for the more-positive-than-expected sentiments of the PAP. I’ve monitored some of the conversations manually myself and I’m pretty sure tweets like “PAP guys are knocking on my door. Great #sgelections” don’t really fall into the + category. But I guess until we’ve perfected A.I (aka skynet/the plot line to the Terminator series), we’ll just have to deal with it in the mean time. Beyond that, amazing stuff churned out in the nick of time!
I have never been prouder to be a Singaporean. Regardless of the results come this May 7, I am positive that the political climate in Singapore will never be the same again. Head over to http://www.elections.gov.sg to find out which GRC/SMC you’re voting in or more details about how to go about voting.