Tan Kin Lian for President: PAP getting a fit?
It seems to me the PAP, which has ruled Singapore without a break since 1959, has just experienced a nightmare of the worst kind with its massive defeat in Aljunied GRC.
The GRC monster, which the PAP created to maintain its iron grip on power, is poised to consume its creator with more GRCs predicted to be captured by the opposition in the next General Election in 2016.
And now another monster, again of the PAP’s creation, is set to backfire on them as Singaporeans vote for the Elected President, a President that the PAP has always endorsed and got elected.
But the script this time has been rewritten.
If the former CEO of Income, Tan Kin Lian, enters the fray, and gets elected Singapore will get a truly independent President for the very first time.
Though the post is largely ceremonial, an independent President who is not beholden to the ruling party, still have some discretionary powers to throw the ruling power into a tizzy.
And with Tan Cheng Bock, an outspoken former PAP MP, in the running the ruling party’s misery is further compounded.
The ruling party has to come to terms with change which is the only constant in life. With countries everywhere from China to the Middle East and Africa clamoring for democracy and greater political freedoms, Singapore political leadership can no longer bury their heads in the sand.
It should begin to dismantle the repressive structure it has erected. Resistance is as futile as King Canute’s attempt to control the tides.
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