Institute of Policy Studies poll: being politically-correct

A poll conducted by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) in July and August last year certainly surprised me, and many others I daresay.

According to a government-controlled Straits Times report on the results of the poll “Most also agree that Singapore should have a powerful leader who can run the Government as he thinks fit”.

Most agree? Allowing a powerful leader to do as he thinks fit will only make him arrogant and  use the law to brush aside all political opposition and dissent. It’s only one step away from a dictatorship really.

The Gaddafis, Mubaraks, Assads and Kim Il Jongs of this world will no doubt cheer this. 

As the results of the General Election have shown, Singaporeans reject this kind of strongman-politician. Reading online commentary and feedback from discussion with friends and strangers confirms this.

I don’t know how IPS conducted the survey. My guess is most people would give politically-correct responses, particularly if they are civil servants. 

And everybody knows IPS is part of the Establishment. Specifically, it is a think-tank within the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.

And naturally the pro Establishment Straits Times may see some face-saving elements in this issue for former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.

I’ll take this IPS poll results with a large pinch of salt!

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