The year of the poli-tech

The year of the poli-tech
Teo Ser Luck (right), MP for Pasir-Ris Punggol GRC and Dr Koh Poh Koon speaking to the media after distributing food, NTUC vouchers and ang baos to 129 needy residents at Punggol East and they also gave an update on what the PAP will be doing in Punggol East constituency over the next 3 years.

It was a robust year, with the two most represented political parties in Parliament crossing swords on a number of issues.

But the 2013 crown for politicKING should go to technology. This was the year technology showed it was not apolitical.

Left-leaning (everyone can afford it), technology shaped discussion and arm-twisted publicity-shy political leaders into selfies.

In the White Paper, even as the Government spoke of the need for immigrants to continue the many initiatives designed to look after Singaporeans, technology co-opted clueless people into wrapping the discussion around "Wah, so crowded."

Now any useful discussion of the economic need for a population boost must carefully circumnavigate the "crunch" mentality.

Technology exposed the scandalous.

The Punggol by-election came about after Mr Michael Palmer of the People's Action Party (PAP) resigned after admitting to a marital affair.

But Mr Palmer wasn't the first to quit over allegations of matrimonial mistakes in the post- 2011 general election period. Hougang's Yaw Shin Leong left after similar allegations were made. He disappeared with nary a response to the claims.

Technology was more benevolent in his case. It seems not all politicians need to be held to high standards. Just the ones in white.

How then was technology involved in the food centre cleaning bust-up between PAP and WP, or more specifically, the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC)?

And what of the AIM saga?

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