Uniquely Singapore

March 27, 2006 11:56 PM

I found this amusing. From Channel News Asia:

Mr Goh says: “You have a choice – if having opposition is more important, then vote opposition – but if there is a way to get my views put to parliament to somebody, then vote for your interests, vote for upgrading – and your views can be put across in Parliament and if you vote for Eric Low, I can tell PM to let him be the opposition in Parliament.”

(See also “Will sparing the Whip win PAP worry wards?“)

And via a link from a Singabloodypore post, something similar has been suggested before:

When criticised during the recent General Elections [2001] of a lack of checks and balances on the Government, PM Goh Chok Tong had this response – the People’s Action Forum. The group, described by the PM as a Shadow Cabinet, is to ensure more debate in parliament. However, unlike other countries where the Shadow Cabinet is formed by the Opposition, Singapore’s Shadow Cabinet will be drawn from the ruling party, with 20 PAP MPs and Ministers serving a 2-year run. The Party whip will be lifted so they don’t have to toe the party line and can even vote against party decisions.

Two points jar at me from all this:

  1. That upgrading these two wards would not be feasible if somehow the opposition holds on to them. But why not? Wouldn’t the opposition fight for what the ppl who voted them in want? Would the Singaporean government actually withold the monies to upgrade these areas because they are represented by the opposition?
  2. Understandably the opposition cannot form a shadow cabinet because they just don’t have the numbers in Parliament. So why even bother the pretense of checks and balances? Does the government really expect the ppl to believe that a PAP member would question party policies vigirously, if at all, even if they are “allowed” to?

These two “neglected” wards as described by SM Goh should not be held ransom by politics. Serving the ppl should be the ultimate objective. And in the absense of checks and balances, transparency and accountability are better than a pseudo-opposition. The Singaporean ppl are not idiots and they should be treated accordingly by their government.

[tags]Singapore, Singaporean, politics[/tags]

3 thoughts on “Uniquely Singapore

  1. Leonard

    aiya, this PAP always “chu” pattern one..

    my flat like 10 yrs haven’t repaint, now the neber see before GRC member Mr. LBH come and see upgradings in plan with lifts stop every floor…wonder if it will stop my flat’s lift which always stop at level 9??

  2. emiriyoshikawa

    Upgrading and stuffs like that should not be used to bribe or threathen us…

    It’s our tax money, govt should be doing the fair allotment of it instead of letting the ruling party using it like it’s their own private election fund.

    If so, those ppl under oppossition area pay tax directly to their respective ministers?

  3. mooiness Post author

    leonard: yeah the pattern of giving out the goodies or threatening not to, during election time.

    emiriyo: exactly man – it’s not a pool of money to sweeten the deal so that ppl would vote for them. That money belongs to the ppl, even those who voted for the opposition.


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