PAP challenged for 82 seats: break their monopoly

Finally.

Being challenged for 82 out of 87 seats in Parliament, the  People’s Action Party (PAP) faces  its first stress test since 1972. For close to 40 years it had had an easy ride, thanks to its persecution of the political opposition and intolerance of dissent. 

As a friend, who’s a blind supporter of the PAP once said, “You must not ignore their economic achievements.”

Agreed. But neither can we stand idly by as the PAP eroded Singaporeans’ political freedoms as guaranteed in the Constitution, and human rights. 

Like all authoritarian regimes everywhere, PAP after an inspirational start fell into the temptation of controlling everything and repression. 

One reason why some people didn’t join the PAP’s slate of candidates is their disagreement with this culture of control and repression. These people have self- respect and moral courage.

Can PAP ministers look at their children in the eye and say, “Don’t believe what you read on the Internet and Facebook. Pa has been fair and honest. We don’t bully people.”

This is a pivotal moment in our history. The PAP’s stranglehold, in the long-term interest of Singapore, has to be broken. 

Those who issue threats like the enemy will be at the gate, and you will be dead are out of touch. South Korea is still technically at war with North Korea, and the enemy is at the gate but that has not prevented it from enjoying a robust democracy. 

Its people are not easily fooled so will not stand any nonsense from politicians. Ditto for people in Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Are we fools to be led by the nose all the time?

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Singapore Constitution:

Freedom of speech, assembly and association
14. —(1) Subject to clauses (2) and (3) —
(a) every citizen of Singapore has the right to freedom of speech and expression;
(b) all citizens of Singapore have the right to assemble peaceably and without arms; and
(c) all citizens of Singapore have the right to form associations.
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3 Responses to “PAP challenged for 82 seats: break their monopoly”

  1. I do not think the monopoly can be broken this time. There are still many daft and ignorant Singaporeans especially the older and less educated ones who do not know the current affairs and also not every single youth is politically mature and understand what democracy is about. My bet is that PAP will be clean sweep though overall vote counts could be slightly lower. This red dot has no hope and is not sustainable. But, how many people really understand that. Those understand this will probably already be staying overseas. Is it true that children of most PAP ministers or MPs are already staying overseas?

  2. I share your misgivings. Yes, the older generation tends to BLINDLY vote PAP but many I’ve spoken to are unhappy. True to widespread perception, the young are anti-PAP, and very angry. About the Ministers’ children studying overseas, there seems to some truth in it. These days they can even track down
    your address overseas.

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