With the next General Elections coming up just round the corner, I think I can categorise all the registered voters to these few categories:
Type A: Die-die also must vote for BN
Type B: Die-die also must vote for Opposition
Type C: Vote BN for Parliament seat and Opposition for State seat (old-school thinking)
Type D: Dunno yet…
Type E: Make sure vote is spoilt…:-p
However, whatever Type you fall into, today’s blog is specially dedicated to ALL of you! First, let me ask you this question…
“How well do you know your MP?”
If your MP is not one of the ‘big guns’ in their respective parties, you may hardly see your MP appearing in the news or media. Sadly, this holds more true if your MP is from the Opposition camp since their community space is already limited by mainstream media. Heck, it may even lead to assumptions that your MP is practically doing nothing! This really pisses off many people who often complain that they only get to see their MP once every 4-5 years when they do their pre-election ’rounds’ of hand-shaking and greeting the people in that area…:-p
Anyway, in this day and age where technology and social media is so advanced, it is fairly easy to literally follow the progress and performance of your MP, giving you essential knowledge and information if the MP is good enough to secure your vote for another term or not!
So, if your answer to my first question above is a little vague, my advise to you would be to quickly Google up your MP, follow them on Twitter, be their friend on Facebook, subscribe to their website RSS, etc. and you should either be amazed, shocked and possibly appalled(!) at the existing work your MP has done for the community in your area.
A good example would be the MP in my area, YB Teo Nie Ching. If it weren’t for today’s accessibility to social media, I wouldn’t be able to follow and monitor her numerous efforts, support and presence in many of my area’s community events, gatherings, etc. Heck, I wouldn’t have known she was pregnant and became a mother not too long ago too! It was quite astonishing really to see many of these efforts not highlighted in mainstream media, which lends an ear to whether it can actually be quite useful to have personalised or customised newsletters by all MPs? Hmmmmm…
After you have done your homework and research on your existing MP, then you can ask yourself this question…
Are you ready to vote already? 😀