New prime minister, new era? Young Singaporeans share what they hope for when DPM Wong takes office

“Singapore is not just made up of a group of rulers. At the end of the day, when we look at the general election, you are choosing the next government.

“Talent is needed (in) every caucus, in every rank in all the different political parties, and… in every sector as well… do we have this national understanding, this national consensus… that goes beyond politicking partisan? ”said Carissa, who has a master’s degree in public policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Social media and how politicians should use it also came up in our conversation.

One thing Joel is looking forward to in the general election is memes. While he said the run-up to the election is important, he believes the campaign will play a “huge role” during the election season.

“There will be moments on social media and then you can see how people react. I feel like that’s special,” she said, agreeing with me that the meme culture here is uniquely Singaporean.

But he said social media won’t be everything.

As an example, he pointed to the 2023 presidential election, in which one of the candidates, Ng Kok Song, made a strong play on social media, but it did not translate into a victory at the polls.

Joel said: “There are many different ways to communicate on social media. It can’t be as simple as I have a video and I’m going to post it on Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn (and) Facebook. “(Politicians have) to know the platforms.”

At the end of the discussion, I asked Joel, Carissa and Gautham what they wanted their peers to know or stay up to date as the next general election approached.

Gautham said: “Every vote matters. Be an informed voter.”