Hougang by- election: arrogance of the PAP government

Frankly, many people I’ve spoken to are disappointed with the High Court’s enigmatic ” judgement reserved”. However, given the political realities in Singapore one can be accused of hiding under a stone all these years if one had expected some sort of unprecedented decision.

It’s clear to all that PM Lee had made a terrible blunder when he said, “…whether and when to hold a by-election in Hougang”. This was not a mere slip of the tongue but reflective of the arrogance of the ruling party. No wonder the social media is bristling with outrage and anger.

It was only after a Hougang resident filed an application in the High Court for a by-election to be held that PM Lee changed tack and announced that he “intends” to call for one.

The blunder reinforces the perception that the PM shows poor leadership. If he had said that the 24,000 voters of Hougang must be represented in Parliament and that a by-election would be held, he would have shown some leadership.

Many issues have incensed Singaporeans eg scholarships to foreign students, the continued influx of foreigners, the perception that there’s double standard in law enforcement and so on, but the PM has remained largely silent. Perhaps, taking their cue from him, the rest of his Cabinet ministers have likewise adopted the motto of silence is golden.

At the Swearing-in Ceremony at the Istana after the watershed General Election, PM Lee said, “I pledge to work together with all Singaporeans to create a just and fair society…”.

He should stop dragging his feet over this by-election matter or else be seen as being a lip service Prime Minister.

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2 Responses to “Hougang by- election: arrogance of the PAP government”

  1. Hello
    My name is Kate Frenson and I recently found your website about Singapore. I noticed your website some time ago and I wanted to give you some feedback. You give a chance to learn something more about Singapore. Your website is really interesting and show the modern face of your country. I think also that your website could be more popular with adding more basic and simple information. I thought that you could be interested in adding more info about culture of Singapore. It could attract more people to come and see Singapore in flesh and also make your website more popular in Google search results. Maybe you could be interested in adding a link http://www.everyculture.com/Sa-Th/Singapore.html on your website?. Please let me know what do you think about that.
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    Kate Frenson

    • Food for thought certainly. However, the main focus of my blog is on the sociopolitical situation in Singapore. Perhaps, when I tire of this aspect of Singapore I might take up on your suggestion.


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