The sun rose, as it always did, but one would not have noticed it. It hid behind a haze, some say the courtesy of Indonesia, but I know better. Hanging thick in the air was a calm that belied people’s true feelings from the frenzy of live tweets, climbing numbers, excitement and disappoint and clamour the night before.
An elderly Chinese man, pushing his bicycle along the foot of a HDB flat, walks up to an elderly Indian man. “Ehhh! PAP ar?” the Chinese man said, shaking the Indian man’s hand. “Ya,” replied the Indian man as they both shared a laughter, and then they parted ways.
The kopitiam was divided. Laughter and merriment rang from some tables, while nearby sullen tables glanced angry sidelong glares, with some shaking their heads.
“Wa lau eh, why like that?” piped one.
“Bo pian, what can we do?” said another, showing characteristic Singaporean spirit.
“Well, at least Lee Kuan Yew got what he wanted before the ghost gates closed. I guess his spirit can now return in peace.”
“Eh, I ask you ar, do you think his spirit went to heaven or to hell ah?”
“Aiyoh, you think leh?”
“…aiyah my GRC no fight one lah! But then hor, I still voted opposition anyway just to show them what for!”
“I know it’s not going to make a difference, but I don’t want the PAP to become too complacent mah. They cannot keep on doing what they’re doing without answering to anyone right?”
“But even if you did that, got change anything meh?”
“So you stay up until how late last night?”
“I stay until 12 midnight, then I buay tahan liao. Anyway next day wake up see the results, see on the spot, also the same what.”
“So what you think? Who did you vote for?”
“Aiyoh I tell you then still call elections for what?”
Nearby, an incense paper shop owner gave instructions on how to burn the offerings as the Hungry Ghost Festival drew to a close.
And Singapore lived through another General Elections.