S’pore will spiral down if govt is weak
Lee Kuan Yew once again tells people to stick with the PAP. ST:
FORMER prime minister Lee Kuan Yew has warned of the dangers of Singapore moving towards a two-party system and electing weak and ineffective governments.
The progress made by the country since independence is not cast in stone and would ‘spiral downwards’ with poor governance, he argued in a recent interview with China Central Television (CCTV).
In an implicit reference to arguments made during the May General Election, he noted that many Singaporeans now desire a ‘First World Parliament’ and a two-party system.
‘Their argument is simple. A First World country must have a First World Parliament. A First World Parliament must have a First World opposition. Then you can change dice. I think if ever we go down that road, I’ll be very sorry for Singapore,’ he said.
Campaigning on the platform of a ‘First World Parliament’, the Workers’ Party won an unprecedented six seats at the May 7 polls. The ruling People’s Action Party’s vote share was also cut to 60.1 per cent.
See also an interesting analysis at Yawning Bread:
There he is, warning of catastrophe again if ever anyone should think of turning their backs on his authoritarian, single-party dominant model, and said with a style expressing contempt for the views of the more pluralistic and younger Singaporeans. He had made similar statements during the general election, and popular reading is that those statements cost the People’s Action Party votes.
The more he continues to resurrect such language of crisis, the more he will hurt the PAP and Lee Hsien Loong. The already thin credibility that the present government has on the subject of reform will be shouted away by the older Lee. The hardliners within the present cabinet will be emboldened to resist reform. As it is, one can identify very few genuinely open-minded ministers; Lee Hsien Loong himself is too indecisive to provide real leadership. Lee Kuan Yew’s old-testament-style admonitions will likely wreck what little movement there might be towards a different PAP.
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