WP wins Aljunied GRC: PAP has to reform or else…
The much-hated Group Representation Constituency (GRC), a voting system widely believed to be politically- motivated to weaken the political opposition, has finally been breached by the opposition Workers’ Party.
It is a Mount Everest to climb for opposition parties to win a GRC. Unable to find the numbers to field a team of four to six members, opposition parties in past elections could only look on in frustration as the ruling party, the People’s Action Party (PAP), enjoyed many walkovers.
With a two-thirds majority, Singaporeans will watch if the PAP will tweak the Constitution to emasculate the opposition and to silence dissent as it had done in the past.
With the massive swing towards the opposition, the writing on the wall for the PAP is without any doubt now much much clearer. PAP won by slim margins in many areas, and given the lop-sided playing field in its favour, it’s no exaggeration to say the opposition made handsome gains in this election.
The root of the massive discontent with the PAP government lies with its repressive nature, near-total control of every aspect of life in Singapore ranging from the trade unions to the media, a deep-seated intolerance of alternative views and its well-known arrogance.
If PAP persists in turning a deaf ear to Singaporeans’ concerns, it’s a no-brainer to predict that the opposition will make greater gains in GE 2016, even take over the government.
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