PAP soul searching: the writing is on the wall surely
At the last General Election in 2006, I attended the opposition rallies and saw the mammoth crowds. I told myself then that the writing was on the wall. But PAP was in denial, thanks to a subservient media and its yes-men.
We all know the story of The Emperor’s New Clothes which seems to be the favourite tale of PAP ministers and MPs.
To all intents and purposes, Singapore is a one-party state. With its two-thirds majority, the ruling party is able to tinker with the Constitution to deprive Singaporeans of their political freedoms and to make electoral changes to gain an unfair advantage over the opposition and thus dominate Parliament.
Harking back to the past is an exercise in futility with the FB generation. To them your story is as relevant or interesting as Windows 95.
Even the older generation like mine who used to support the PAP have become disillusioned with a repressive, bullying and arrogant regime.Of course, I have friends who still cling on to the don’t-rock-the-boat and what-for mindset like a comfort blanket.
Singaporeans want a truly representative Parliament to speak up for them. Not a cosmetic one filled with MPs who walked into Parliament via walkovers or the coattails of ministers.
Sometimes I wonder why smart PAP ministers labour under the notion that Singaporeans can’t think and see through their ruse. I’ve come to the conclusion that this stems from the desire to hang onto power at all cost.
Machiavelli would applaud that.
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