His army of supporters kindled the flame, fanned it bright, and finally made it roar across the finishing line. They made his campaign their own and they delivered their candidate, once considered a long shot, to the White House. How did they do it: Internet.
“Were it not for the Internet, Barack Obama would not be president. Were it not for the Internet, Barack Obama would not have been the nominee,” said Ms Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post.
Former South Korean president, Mr Roh Moo-hyun, also staked his campaign on the Internet and won.
“The development of Internet technology has changed the whole political dynamic in South Korea to an extent that the outside world has not yet grasped,” said Yoon Yong-kwan, the head of Mr Roh’s then transitional team.
Even in Malaysia the opposition created political history when it overcame the Barisan Nasional’s grip on half-a-century of power. The Internet was the Pakatan’s staunchest and most effective ally.
Can we create history in Singapore too in the upcoming elections?
Granted, the political situation in these countries, especially the US and South Korea, could not be any more different from Singapore’s. We face a regime hell-bent on keeping its grip on power.
Yet there is much that we can change in this GE. We can unlock the powers of the Internet and harness its energy for political change.
The explosion of Internet technology has never allowed us to dream so big and hope so fervently till now.
There is much that we can do, much that we need to do And we must do it now. We cannot wait until the elections are announced before we embark on our campaign.
We want our fellow netizens to be an integral part of our campaign and feel for the first time what it really means to be a citizen of this republic of ours.
You can start by emailing this post to at least 10 of your relatives and friends. Click on the email icon (top right) and type in the email addresses to send this message. If every one of our readers does this, the readership of this website grows exponentially.
With media stepping up its campaign against us, we need you to step in and help.
We also need funds for the campaign. Your financial contributions will enable us to compete more effectively against the PAP. Click on here to donate or email us at email@example.com to make your contributions.
Alternatively, please call Ms Chee Siok Chin (9451-1459) or Ms Jaslyn Go (9239-3133).
Make our campaign your campaign, make our party your party. Let’s shout to the world that we are Singapore and we want democracy. Let’s go make history!