A dummy's guide to surviving GE2015 rallies

A couple of tips to maximise your comfort and safety at the election rallies

 A dummy’s guide to surviving GE2015 rallies
A dummy’s guide to surviving GE2015 rallies
02 Sep 2015

A dummy’s guide to surviving GE2015 rallies

Anyone who has been to an election rally in Singapore knows the potential hazards. People are fired up, emotions tend to run high, and you have to rub shoulders with sweaty and often smelly crowds, all while battling the heat, humidity, and sometimes rain. Over the next seven days, rallies could be held at 46 rally sites across the island. If you plan to attend at least one every night, here are some tips to help you get through a week of hard core campaigning. 


Dress comfortably
Dress comfortably
02 Sep 2015

Dress comfortably

We know many of you will head to the rallies straight from work and don’t have the luxury of dressing appropriately but it’s Singapore and spending even half an hour outdoors squashed against other sweaty bodies in your work attire is enough to make temperatures rise, literally and figuratively.

So if you intend to hang around at rallies from start to finish, bring an extra set of clothes and shoes and change into something more comfortable before you leave the office. Choose lightweight apparel in breathable fabrics like cotton. If you want to wear your vote on your sleeve, step out in one of these quirky SG Polit-icons tees inspired by local politicians - no prizes for guessing who Lee-Der, Ah-Lian, and Chiam-pion are.

Be there early
Be there early
03 Sep 2015

Be there early

Opposition rallies tend to attract huge crowds (the field was overflowing at the Workers’ Party rally in Hougang last night) so if you are planning on attending one this time, make your way there early. Grab a seat or a good spot close to the stage but look out for the speakers. Unless you have ears of steel, don’t park yourself right next to them.

Traffic congestions and diversions are also expected at rally sites so spare yourself the agony of finding parking and take public transport.

Mask up
Mask up
03 Sep 2015

Mask up

With the skies a little hazy and people burning offerings during the Hungry Ghost Festival, the air quality has been less than desirable. If you suffer from pre-existing conditions such as asthma or nasal allergies, be sure to mask up. Sure, your cheers will be less audible as a result but it sure beats sneezing or wheezing midway through the rallies.

Bring umbrella
Bring umbrella
02 Sep 2015

Bring umbrella

We totally get that it is uncool to be seen carrying an umbrella (unless it is a party one) around but after squeezing your way to the front, the last thing you want is to miss the rest of the rally because you have to seek refuge from the downpour. So go prepared with umbrellas and ponchos (preferably in party colours) because rain or shine, the show will go on.

Photo: Wikemedia/NewNation.sg

Stay hydrated
Stay hydrated
03 Sep 2015

Stay hydrated

Load up on fluids before the rally and bring bottled water or liang teh to sip on to stay hydrated during the session. You may not have to deal with the scorching sun in the evenings but you’re going to need those fluids after sweating buckets in the humid weather or to soothe that throat after all that cheering and chanting.

Leave the drone at home
Leave the drone at home
02 Sep 2015

Leave the drone at home

We know you want to get a good aerial shot of the crowd but drones are prohibited at rally sites. If you really must, take your top down shot from a nearby block or just use a selfie stick instead – just watch where you’re pointing the stick and be wary of jabbing the people around you with it.

Bring spare plastic bags
Bring spare plastic bags
03 Sep 2015

Bring spare plastic bags

Please, don’t dump your garbage on the ground. Take whatever you bring to the rally site away with you. It’s time we learn how to clean up after ourselves.


Or you could just watch the rally at home
Or you could just watch the rally at home
03 Sep 2015

Or you could just watch the rally at home

Of course, there’s nothing like soaking up the energy of the speakers and rousing crowd, but if you can’t bring yourself to squeeze with thousands of people, then watch the rallies live on Toggle.

Photo: Janice Koh Instagram


Watch:
PAP rally at Tiong Bahru Rd 
WP rally at Hougang Central
Live coverage of GE rallies from Sep 2-9 on Toggle

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