My name is Liane and I am an ordinary Singaporean.
In 2011, during the General Election, I decided to volunteer for the Workers’ Party. I came forward as a Polling Agent for the Workers’ Party candidate in Punggol East, Lee Lilian, joined as a member and volunteered at Mr Low Thia Khiang’s Meet-the-People sessions (MPS) in Bedok Reservoir. Thereafter, I was nominated and elected as a member of the Workers’ Party Youth Wing Executive Committee.
This has been an experience like no other.
I have had the privilege of not only working with some of the brightest minds, but also some of the most humble, down-to-earth, selfless and patriotic people in Singapore. These are the people who would work from 8am – 6pm, rush down for MPS, organise constituency events, console families at wakes, study, take care of their own families…the list goes on.
These are the people behind the scenes for the Hougang By-Election.
I want to say a heartfelt “Thank you” to each and every single one of you.
Thank you, for showing me what living a meaningful life is all about.
Thank you, for your dedication to the cause.
Thank you. for taking your time off work, from your families, from rest and relaxation to do what you do.
Thank you, for showing me that there is hope yet, for Singapore.
You crazy bunch of Singaporeans.
Thank you for your support, for your crazy shenanigans, for Huat-ing with us, for donning blue, for believing in democracy and for showing Singapore, once again, that carrots and threats aren’t for everyone.
To our leaders, our heroes in blue,
Thank you, for doing your part for Singapore, for fighting for democracy, for the sleepless nights, the personal attacks, the character assassinations, the blood, sweat and tears. You guys are my heroes.
To the media,
Thank you for the late nights, crazy car chasing and many of your attempts to provide fair coverage. We understand your constraints and we thank you for your hard work.
To the rest of the much-sidelined online media, photographers and videographers, as well as ordinary Singaporeans at our rallies and events, thank you for chronicling this momentous event. Your blogs, articles, stories, photos and videos tell a story like no other.
To the man of the hour, the person who’s had the least spotlight (in my opinion) for the work he has done, is doing, and will continue to do,
Png Eng Huat.
Thank you, for stepping forward, for being the man we look to in a time of need, for your sacrifice, for your time, effort, energy and hard work. For putting up with character assassinations, for being one of the most down-to-earth and humble men I have come across.
Thank you, for being a Singaporean.
To the naysayers and armchair critics, you don’t get to take this away from us. You don’t get to sit back and point out where we went wrong, what we should have or should not have done. You don’t get to criticise these people – Hougang voters, supporters, members and leaders of the Workers’ Party. You don’t get to hurl abuse from the comforts of your living rooms, safe behind the screens of your computers. You don’t even get to gently poke fun at our people. No, you are not entitled to any of that, not until you leave your armchairs and dig into the dirt like the rest of us. This is not your moment, this moment belongs to Hougang, the Workers’ Party and the believers in Singapore.
To the rest of Singapore, from the bottom of my heart, I wish you were there on the night of 26 May to 27 May 2012. I wish you could witness, first hand, the dedication, the patriotism, the loyalty, the belief, the values and the craziness of Hougang. If you were there, if only you were there, you would have witnessed first hand the unwavering dedication, belief and loyalty of the ordinary Singaporean and you too, would believe.
I have never been prouder to be a Singaporean. I have never been prouder to don blue, to be counted among the most incredible people I will ever meet.
This is Hougang, this is the Workers’ Party, this is Singapore.