Ng challenges Opposition to “form next govt”: don’t be daft

These days Singaporeans are not that stupid or easily fooled as in the past even if the PAP is delusional about this.

“Let’s be realistic,” a retiree friend said, “the Opposition is not ready just yet to form a government. Who’s to be blamed for this? What the Opposition can aspire to is to win more seats. Capture a GRC if possible. Reduce the PAP majority.”
 
I agree.

Who’s to be blamed? Obviously the ruling party which passed laws against freedom of speech and assembly to ensure that the playing field is in their favor all the time. But now this appears to have backfired as resentment builds up against the ruling party.

PAP has said several times it’s not their job to help the Opposition. Fair enough. But the playing field must be level for all players. 

In Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan the ecosystem for democracy to grow and flourish is in place. Elections are hotly contested even though salaries are not on par with our award-yourself-million-dollars culture.

The world has moved on in terms of greater political freedoms everywhere. The PAP is becoming irrelevant by ignoring public opinion. 

Before it goes swaggering around issuing ridiculous challenges, the PAP should first carry out political reforms which MANY Singaporeans desire.

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“Suppose you had 10, 15, 20 opposition members in Parliament. Instead of spending my time thinking what is the right policy for Singapore, I’m going to spend all my time thinking what’s the right way to fix them, to buy my supporters votes, how can I solve this week’s problem and forget about next year’s challenges?” Lee Hsien Loong, 03 May 2006. (Wikiquote)

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8 Responses to “Ng challenges Opposition to “form next govt”: don’t be daft”

  1. Completely agree with this post; it reflects my sentiment in my response to your other post.

    Many Singaporeans, like us, are aware of the desperate need for change. One thing I’m not confident of is how many people actually think this way? On voting day, how many people are actually going to vote for an opposition? I mean sure, the internet has been set ablaze with cries for a larger opposition voice, but is that really an accurate depiction of what Singaporeans feel as a whole? That’s why I’m really excited to see how this election plays out.

    To be honest, however, my hopes are not too high. With Tin Pei Ling running with Goh Chok Tong, and Dr Janil running with Teo Chee Hean, the two arugably most undeserving candidates are almost guaranteed a spot in Parliament. Deserving, capable and credible candidates like Sylvia Lim and Chen Show Mao, who have been working more than 10 times as hard, face the realistic possibility of not getting in. I can’t help but feel jaded by Singapore’s politics.

  2. Many I’ve spoken to, including those from the older generation who as a rule support the PAP, have not a good word for the ruling party. In particular, their many lawsuits against opposition figures have resulted in sympathy for the latter. GRC and walkovers should be made illegal. They make a mockery of parliamentary democracy.

  3. The examples you mentioned clearly shows up the sinister motives of the GRC system. GRC should be made illegal. Shame on them! What a mockery! Don’t they ever talk to us about integrity and credibility again.

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  5. If the opposition were to start winning GRCs, the PAP will not look at GRC in such a favourable way anymore. I hope in this elections, at least one GRC will fall to the opposition, which may then lead to the proverbial opening of the floodgates in the future elections. As it is, we have never seen the PAP so jittery about losing GRCs before as they are now. Anyway, a lot of the PAP ministers are not as heavyweight as they would have the people think. In a suitable constituency, suitable economic and political situation and with the right, potent opposition team with strong candidates, the not so heavyweight ministers can be defeated too. If you analyse the PAP ministers, there are more than a few of them.

    • I agree with you. A one-party state can lead to abuse of power. GRC is unethical and is an unfair system of voting. In England, they decide on AV through a referendum next month. Here they ramp everything down your throats, damn public opinion. WIN ONE GRC!!

  6. Correct! It is not the PAP’s job to help the Opposition.
    But, it is the responsibility of PAP as the ruling party and as the government to ensure political maturity of its people as one key goal of nation building.
    After 40 years of nation building, most citizens are still ignorant about politics. This is failure of the government (PAP) in nation building. Shame!

    • If the playing field is level, and the opposition still can’t make any headway then it is not the fault of the PAP. But the ecosystem for democracy must be there. A GRC FOR THE OPPOSITION!


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