Lim Hwee Hua stopped by heckler: PAP losing touch?
I’m not in the least surprised that Minister Lim Hwee Hua was heckled. He accused of making her rounds only during election time.
But she tried to convince him that he was mistaken as she has in fact being going around to the various HDB blocks and private households every two to three weeks.
The MP for my area, I still can recall vividly, came a-calling with a large retinue of supporters and aides BEFORE the last General Election. He had a walkover in the GRC, and to the best of my knowledge went into hibernation mode for the next four years.
With the impending GE, he is probably stirring and will certainly come a-calling anytime soon.
In England and elsewhere, even Prime Ministers and Ministers pause to chat with members of the public.
But here in Singapore, they move around with a large forbidding security escort, and are content with remaining within the cocoon. Only during election time, we see them venturing outside this comfort zone to greet and chat with voters.
But at other times they appear distant. Their only “contact” bar Meet-the-People sessions are on TV, newspapers and official functions.
So that’s why many people say the PAP government has lost touch with the ground. Their policies also reflect this unhappiness. Any government that is guilty of this stands to lose the respect of the people, and over time its credibility. But the PAP has denied that that is the case.
How can MPs (including Ministers) honestly say they represent their constituents if they have only a perfunctory relationship?
I am confident many share my view that the PAP government, which has ruled for more than 40 years, has lost touch with the very people whom it purports to serve, apart from the wide-held perception that it’s self-serving.
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