Latest CNNGo.com "Say What? with mrbrown" column: mrbrown goes to a rally
Boy, am I tired.
This has been one mad election week. Between writing humor columns, producing my comedy podcasts and videos, and digitally altering a mustache on a politician's photo, I’ve hardly had time to do the things that really matter, like going down to the election rallies and buying a party souvenir.
I really wanted that blue Workers’ Party umbrella for my collection.
That is why I am glad I attended a rally early. On the very first day of the (very short) hustings, I went down to a field in Opposition-held Hougang for the Workers’ Party rally.
I didn’t expect the rest of Singapore to be there. Good gracious, the traffic was backed up all the way to where I live, several kilometers away. People filled the very large open field and by the time I got there, I could no longer see the speakers on the stage, and barely saw the giant hammer party symbol on the stage backdrop.
A young one riding high on his father's shoulders.
An extended family was standing next to me. A man had his toddler son on his shoulders, and the boy waved his toy hammer. At least I hoped it was a toy. I wouldn’t want to be hit in the eye by a real flying hammer should the kid lose his grip.
Opposition rallies tend to attract large crowds every General Election. In contrast, the rallies for the ruling Peoples’ Action Party (PAP) tend to attract a smaller crowd. This is in contrast to the number of seats they have in Parliament -- 82 -- versus two Opposition seats. (cont'd)