Analysts: personal attacks on Chen may backfire

In 1992, SM Lee Kuan Yew urged Singaporeans to establish an external economic wing by venturing overseas. So now we have Singaporeans in far-flung corners of the world, from South America to Timor Leste.

If these entrepreneurs and pioneers were to return and contest the General Election under the opposition flag would the People’s Action Party (PAP) impute sinister motives to them as they have done to Worker’s Party’s Chen Show Mao?

As pointed out by one commentator in my post yesterday (PAP targets Worker’s Party Chen), this is an insult to Singaporeans working overseas, and might result in a backlash.

Unlike in the past when Singaporeans blindly bought the PAP story, we are now more alert, skeptical and questioning. Goh Chok Tong is spot on in saying the ground this time round is no longer sweet. It might even turn sour!

Personal attacks might backfire warned political analysts. As we have seen the past, PAP is inclined to do just that when it feels threatened. 

What is wrong with a returning Singaporean contesting the election? Chen served his national service, and he ticks all the right boxes. Or would you prefer former Malaysians as MPs/Ministers bossing Singaporeans around? 

Chen wants to help build a strong opposition. A strong opposition and citizens with a high level of political awareness can prevent a dictatorship from taking root.

You can have all the checks and balances you like against a future dictator raiding the national reserves. But all he has to do is point a gun at your head and say,”If you don’t mind, hand over the key to the reserves.”

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But we either believe in democracy or we not. If we do, then, we must say categorically, without qualification, that no restraint from the any democratic processes, other than by the ordinary law of the land, should be allowed… If you believe in democracy, you must believe in it unconditionally. If you believe that men should be free, then, they should have the right of free association, of free speech, of free publication. Then, no law should permit those democratic processes to be set at nought, and no excuse, whether of security, should allow a government to be deterred from doing what it knows to be right, and what it must know to be right… ” – Lee Kuan Yew, Opposition, Legislative Assembly Debates, April 27, 1955 (Wikiquote)

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4 Responses to “Analysts: personal attacks on Chen may backfire”

  1. […] with the GRC system – Blogging for Myself: Demolishing Dr. Chee Soon Juan? – SpotlightOnSingapore: Analysts: personal attacks on Chen may backfire – My Singapore News: A bad feeling – The Satay Club: Let the mudslinging begin – why liddat: letter […]

  2. George Yeo knows this very well. He said in today’s papers that the PAP 2006 team in Aljunied suffered because of PAP’s tactic against James Gomez. However, Ng Eng Hen has already fired the first salvo. Looks like the PAP never learns from their mistake. Poor George…sweating under the collar now while his party’s usual few loose cannons continue to fire at will.

    • Mark my words, veiled threats will be made against outspoken opposition figures. They must be careful not to make any slip of the tongue or other missteps, particularly Chen SM.

  3. The incumbents have started their vitrolic attacks on credible opposition members, as they are well known for.

    All the more, the two scholars with typical PAP type credentials, who deflected from RP in the last minute after the GRC boundaries have been drawn, and having spent more than 2 years with this party, suddenly find that they have differences with the Sec Gen of the party?

    They then engineered a en-masse departure, after their PAP style of giving “hongbaos” without the approval of the Sec Gen, as well as giving a big fat hongbao to one of the CEC members reeks of PAP tyle behaviour. They are also there just to provide views? like the NCMPs? and are not ready to form the next governemnt?

    The best of this is that the MSM entertains them and there is NOT one single word from the incumbents, an absolute rarity, to discredit these two “credible” members of the opposition? It will be a phenomena if they are not moles.


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