PAP government: resisting political reform

Moral courage.

Two simple words. But two powerful words that had sparked revolutions and revolts and changed the course of history.

People with moral courage are willing to stand up against injustice, not fearing the consequences.

President Obama described Nelson Mandela as a man with great moral courage. Mandela’s legacy as an anti-apartheid fighter will never be forgotten.

Politicians have the privilege of touching lives and making a great difference in positive ways. IF they possess the moral courage.

In Singapore, the ruling PAP has dominated Parliament for the last fifty years. Its Ministers and MPs are widely seen as yes-men so Parliament has degenerated into a rubber-stamp institution.

So when a few PAP MPs criticised the unpopular government White Paper on 6.9 million Population, eyebrows were raised. However, when the vote was being taken, these MPs either abstained or had a sudden full bladder which needed urgent relief.

When it came to the crunch, they faltered. Their moral courage was only a mirage.

And when the government decreed that online news sites were to be licensed, there was not a whimper of disagreement from PAP MPs.

This is a characteristic of repressive regimes.

So, what’s the solution?

Again, two simple words.

Political reform.

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