I do not want to act smart and pretend I know all about politics.
I don't though I am very much intrigued by what is going on currently.
I enjoy very much the conversations about the coming elections with my family members.
My brothers...My parents...Mr E...My friends...
Yesterday, I went over to Sengkang and I already know who my mother in law will be voting for.
Let's just say that if I were to get her a PAP brooch as a Mother's Day gift, she'd be thrilled.
Now, I've always enjoyed reading Xiaxue's entries.
How gutsy she is when it comes to dissing people.
Most cases, I'd laugh along at her humorous entries.
However this morning when I read her latest entry, I felt offended.
She has slammed The National Solidarity Party's Abdul Salim Harun, Nicole Seah's geng and labelled him to be the 'weakest.'
I'm not being protective because he belongs to my community.
He is not even contesting in my area.
So what if he was from a neighbourhood secondary school?
(I was from one and will always be proud to be a Yusoffian.)
So what if he was from ITE?
(My former pupils are having the time of their lives there, acquiring skills, knowledge and values for lifelong learning. I have a cousin who was from ITE, went to poly and is now in SIM!)
I personally feel that ITE will provide that capacity to cultivate within the children of lower abiility the fortitude and aptitude required for their personal quest of lifelong learning.
How can you find Abdul Salim's "education unimpressive?"
How dare you look at NEIGHBOURHOOD SCHOOLS AND ITE with such aversion, Xiaxue?
Xiaxue, I am teaching children of the lower ability.
ALL of them, I foresee, will enter the neighbourhood schools and some of these kids in a few years' time will enter ITE and I see ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG with that.
As long as they are still climbing the ladder of education.
As long as they are still seeking knowledge.
Entering ITE is their one step closer to a brighter future.
Xiaxue, elitist people like you are the ones we really should do away with because you all discriminate against my children, the late bloomers.
It's people like you who look down on these children (and their seniors such as Abdul Salim Harun) and never giving them a chance to succeed in this highly competitive society, hence they give up, drop out and turn to drugs.
Xiaxue, Abdul Salim may not be able to "write proper English" and "uses words like our belove Singapore"....
However, he is an inspiration to my lower ability children because they can relate so very well with him.
Abdul Salim Harun has what we both do not have, Xiaxue.
To speak to thousands of people.
No, not speak about how plastic surgery can enhance one's self esteem.
Never mind that his "education (is) unimpressive."
He has that courage to stand up and speak to thousands of people and telling them that "it's time for change."
Abdul Salim Harun, I believe your presence not only serves to represent blue collar workers but also to ensure that my childrens' voices (when they are adults) be heard in Singapore Parliament.
Abdul Salim Harun, I admire your tenacity and determination to succeed in being elected to Parliament.
Might I add that this entry of mine is also not an advertorial and I am definitely not paid by the NSP.
To all, I repeat...there is nothing wrong with neighbourhood schools and ITE is NOT the end.