ESM Goh says Singapore must change to avert crisis: political reform?
It’s absurd of former Prime Minister, ESM Goh Chok Tong, to tick off Singaporeans for piling pressures on the Singapore government.
Apart from the fact that the government’s mission is carry out the will of the people, it’s also the highest paid in the whole world so naturally the expectations of the electorate are high.
It’s even more absurd of ESM Goh to suggest that a new social compact needs to be forged. In a social compact the citizens give up part of their rights. ESM Goh is deeply out of touch.
May I remind ESM Goh that the world has moved on. The ruling PAP government is still stuck with a mindset from the last century. What Singapore needs is definitely not a social compact to perpetuate its repressive rule but political reform.
Political reform. Two simple words but avoided like the plague by the ruling regime. Even the military junta in Myanmar has yielded to the demands of the people, freed the press and embarked on political reform.
Repressive political parties do not willingly give up their core value of authoritarianism. Often in self-denial, they have to be dealt massive pain at the polls or be toppled in a revolution as the recent Arab Spring amply demonstrated.
“Social compact? Goh is so so last century”, my friend Wee said. “What about his promised Swiss standard of living? Looks like only he and his cronies are enjoying a Swiss standard of living.”
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