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Christopher de Souza (Member of Parliament) and Lim Swee Say (Cabinet Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress) pose for a picture with the children of residents living in Holland-Bukit Timah GRC.

Yesterday, the residents of Holland-Bukit Timah GRC celebrated the PAP Community Foundation’s 25th Anniversary and were treated to a carnival at the Senja-Cashew Community Centre. As I stood alongside with RazorTV’s journalist, Sara Ann K, and several other journalists from the local press, I found it relatively novel to cover this event side by side with the official press. I am but an ordinary citizen, a full-time student; I am neither a journalist nor a press photography.

This is but one of many instances whereby ordinary citizens of Singapore are finding themselves in a position to deliver print-worthy photographs, or even event coverages, which is made possible by the technological advances in today’s digital age. Cameras have become very affordable these days, and with the emergence of local forums and online web portals such as Hardwarezone and Stomp.sg, it really isn’t difficult to get started on Citizen Journalism.

Many netizens are now turning to such unofficial portals to subscribe to an alternative view of local and current affairs, partly because it is a known yet unspoken fact that the press are usually inclined to favor certain political parties. Bearing this in mind, citizen journalists can actually wield considerable influence on the society, and this power should be used responsibly. In any case, I doubt that anyone can actually get away with spreading dissent with the local government here in Singapore. The arms of justice [ISD] are long and it’s reach is far; much further than what most of us can run from. What do you think?

If every person in Singapore were to donate $1 to a politician’s cause, he would be able to raise S$6 million a day.

If that politician was to utilize the Internet to raise funds, he could easily raise a considerable amount, from each willing donor who only had to donate a small sum of money. That was how Barack Obama raised US$1 million a day for the month of January in 2008. If Barack Obama targeted the rich to donate, he could secure larger sums of money from individual donors, but these funds might still pale in contrast when compared to the large community who donated small sums each. And so they say, little drops of water, makes a mighty ocean.

As the Internet is highly interactive and is able to reach out to a large audience, its potential seems limitless. Barack Obama realized this, and tapped the potential to his benefit, raising US$30 million within a month for his presidential campaign. While its potential seems limitless, it certainly is not a miracle worker.

To win the support of votes from the people, a politician cannot expect to conduct his entire campaign behind a webcam and expect the people to put their trust in him. A politician who has a sharp and sound mind knows that he has to ‘meet the people’ to allay their fears and to win their trust and support. The difference in his effectiveness is knowing when to utilize the Internet to amplify the efficiency of his campaign.

For the first time in Singapore’s history, political parties will be allowed to use Twitter and Facebook to promote for their campaigning. I wonder how this will change the face of local politics. What do you think?