Youth and Politics: Why should we care?

Youth in Singapore and Politics

根据百度(“政治”,n.d.),“政治是指政府、政党等治理国家的行为。政治是以经济为基础的上层建筑,是经济的集中表现,是以国家权为核心展开的各种社会活动和社会关系的总和。政治是牵动社会全体成员的利益并支配其行为的社会力量。”

According to Wikipedia (“Politics”, n.d.), “Politics is the set of activities that are associated with making decisions in groups, or other forms of power relations between individuals, such as the distribution of resources or status.”

那么,本地青少年是否该关心政治呢?
What is the link between Youth and politics? Why should we be concerned?

本地政治 
Politics in Singapore

在我看来,新加坡有五个政党是年轻人在接触政治之前应该知道的。他们分别是人民行动党(PAP)、新加坡前进党(PSP)、新加坡工人党(WP)、新加坡民主党(SDP)和新加坡人民党(SPP)。 

知晓了这五个政党后,大家是否知道哪一个是我国的执政党呢?请在下面留言让我知道!

大选期间,相信你们常常听到GRC和SMC吧?GRC代表的是集选区,而SMC代表的是单选区。

In my opinion, there are 5 main political parties in Singapore all Youths should learn about. They are the People’s Action Party (PAP), Progress Singapore Party (PSP), The Workers’ party (WP), Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) and Singapore People’s Party (SPP).

Now that you know these 5 parties, do you know which is our ruling party? Do comment down below and let me know your answer!

During the elections, aren’t you curious about the two different constituencies Group Representation Constituencies (GRC) and Single Member Constituencies (SMC)? To put in simpler terms, GRC means that a group of Members of Parliament (MP) are running for the particular district while there’ll only be one MP in SMCs. 

民间的政治谣言
Myths about Politics

Youth and Politics in Singapore

关于政治,我们常常会听许多人说“每一个议员都是一样的”、“我的票不重要”等的话语。

当你听到别人说这些话的时候,是否感到很莫名其妙?我相信,许多人会这么说是因为自己的期许还未达成。然而,如果理性思考问题,我们就会明白,生活不一定那么顺遂,不是所有事情都能尽如人意。议员们也是竭尽所能地为社会争取最大的利益。

We would always hear some adults mention comments like “Politicians are all the same” and “our votes don’t matter”. 

Are you always clueless when adults say this? I believe that they have this mindset because their wants or needs are often perceived as unfulfilled. However, we have to know for a fact that not everyone’s wish can be granted. Politicians are trying to make decisions that will benefit the society in general. 

*These are also the different stereotypes that people have about politics

👍 青少年应该关注政治
Youth should be concerned about politics

Youth and Politics in Singapore

我相信大家都有听过“Every vote counts!”这句话。事实上,这句话说的一点儿也没错!

领导者所做出的决定将对我们的生活有莫大的影响。而选择国家领袖的权利,其实就掌握在我们手中。上至父母缴纳的税钱,下至自己出门花的交通费,其实都和政治有关。我们选的议员也将会决定我们未来的生活情况和国家展望。可见,投票是多么重要的事情。再说,我们将会是国家未来的主人翁,年轻人多关注政治,就等于多关心自己的未来。

I’m sure you’ve heard of the phrase “Every vote counts!” True enough, the fate of our progress as a nation lies in the hands of all citizens. So how exactly does politics affect us? 

Politics affects our everyday lives. The taxes that our parents pay and the transport fees that we pay are all affected by politics. Leaders chosen by the people decide how our future will be shaped. Hence, voting is of utmost importance. 

Knowing that the leaders we choose will affect our lives, it is then important to know what each party has to offer. We can then match our needs so that improvements can be made to our lives in Singapore. Furthermore, as future leaders of this nation, it is important to understand politics so as to better fight for our rights!

👎 青少年不应该关注政治
Youth should not be concerned about politics

Jocelyn Chinese Tuition Current Affairs Discussion (O Levels Chinese Oral / Higher Chinese Oral / H1 Chinese Oral)

对许多家长来说,他们或许会觉得孩子们太年轻,不希望他们那么早就接触政治。在某种程度上来说,他们并没有错。新加坡的法律规定,小过21岁的市民都不能投票,这也说明了其实年轻人在21岁前其实并不一定要了解政治。

但我觉得早些了解政治绝对是件好事。早些和政治接触,在工作面试的时候也会有优势。当老板发现你还未成年却已经懂得思考政治方面的课题,自然会对你留下来更深刻的印象。

To many parents, they think that their children are too young to be involved in politics. In fact, anyone below the age of 21 will not be allowed to vote in the elections. It thus seem like there isn’t a need for youths to be aware of politics. 

However, I still think that it is always better to be informed about current affairs, and that includes politics. The sooner we get into contact with the things around us, the faster we will be able to know more about the reality of life and who knows, having this knowledge may help us in getting a job sooner and help us in our decision-making!

最后,我个人觉得让年轻人早点接触政治是必须的。总的来说,当选的领导者将影响我们的生活。只有真正了解投出选票的重要性,才能为自己争取最大的利益。同样的,了解时事也非常重要。我们在如苑教育补习中心中所接触的时事讨论课就能帮助我们培养出阅读新闻的好习惯!希望大家都可以一起开始关注时事与政治、关注我们的未来。

我也为大家准备了一个关于新加坡投选过程的视频,请点击这里

我们下次见咯,掰掰!

I personally think that there is no harm in letting teens know more about politics and how it works. Afterall, the leader that we choose are going to affect us in many different ways and it is only right to be properly educated on what each party have to offer us so that our lives will only be better. Also, being in touch with current affairs is very important. The current affairs discussions conducted at Jocelyn Chinese Tuition help us get in touch with relevant news! I hope that everyone can cultivate the habit of reading news and start doing our part for the nation’s future!

Click here to better understand how elections works in Singapore! 

Till next time, bye! 

References

“政治”(2020)百度。
Available at https://baike.baidu.com/item/政治/169778?fr=aladdin (Accessed: 19 July 2020)

 ‘Politics’ (2020) Wikipedia.
Available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politics (Accessed: 19 July 2020)

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