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Lee Hsien Loong: PAP has ‘good’ proposals for Singaporeans

Posted by singaporege2011 on May 2, 2011

Speaking at a press conference at the PAP HQ today, PAP candidate for Ang Mo Kio GRC Lee Hsien Loong made another typical sweeping motherhood statement again that the PAP has ‘good’ proposals to show without elaborating on them.

Mr Lee regurgitated what he had said during the 2006 election that he will focus on education, healthcare, jobs and housing and reminded Singaporeans not to lose sight of the “long-term” priority in the midst of all the excitement which is to secure a ‘better’ future for Singaporeans.

“We have good proposals. Voters should scrutinise them and decide,” he added.

The PAP has so far come up with a pathetic 13-page manifesto which pales in comparison to the impressive 46 economic manifesto proposed by SDP candidate Tan Jee Say to reform the Singapore economy. (read it in full here)

Mr Tan graduated with a degree in Politics, Economics and Philosophy from Oxford University and worked for 6 years in the Ministry of Industry and Trade. His proposals were given a ringing endorsement by Lord Butler, a former Head of the British civil service.

In contrast, the PAP has resorted to its usual smear tactics to discredit the opposition which backfired quite spectacularly after which it used the ‘upgrading carrot’ again to warn Singaporeans against voting for the opposition.

Bankrupt of ideas to take Singapore forward, it has been harping relentlessly on its ‘fifty year’ track record and rely heavily on two former prime ministers to convince voters to continue to lend their support.

Under PAP rule from 2006 to 2010, the floodgates were opened to foreigners without warning, property prices have doubled, median incomes have stagnated and Singaporeans now have lower domestic purchasing power than the Malaysians.

With the two opposition MPs contesting in GRCs, it is likely that the PAP may win all 82 contested seats.

As SDP candidate Michelle Lee put it succinctly, if the PAP wins all the seats, it will declare that Singaporeans have supported its policies all whole-heartedly and we will end up having another 900,000 foreign workers as our neighbors soon as proclaimed by PAP de facto leader Lee Kuan Yew.

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One Response to “Lee Hsien Loong: PAP has ‘good’ proposals for Singaporeans”

  1. syafiq06 said

    There are few scenarios that Singaporeans must understand in this GE2011:

    1. More voices but no change – To have less than 1/3 opposition seats in parliament will not change anything already done, e.g. cost of living, FTs, property prices, etc except that opposition MPs can make more noises and suggestions that PAP in majority may not listen. There is also a risk that PAP back in power will find ways to suppress all oppositions so that there will not be any chance of voting like in this GE2011.

    2. Partial change – To have more than 1/3 and less than 2/3 opposition seats will be likely to change some already done as above but will not change the Constitution that allows GRC, NMP, NCMP, and election boundary redrawing. PAP will still be in power or sharing power with oppositions. This may be harder for PAP in power to diminish the oppositions.

    3. Complete change – To have more than 2/3 opposition seats means the alternative party will be the government and PAP the opposition. This can change everything including the Constitution. However, Singaporeans must make sure the elected government rewrites the Constitution to abolish those ill clauses and introduce check and balance clause. Also, to ensure Constitution is not allowed to change without referendum. Otherwise, the next non-PAP government may have the chance to abuse the Constitution as well.

    Basically, this GE2011 is not about local town upgrading, FTs, or cost of living, etc. It is about whether Singaporeans would like to take back the political power and have a say on the future of Singapore. Once the people take back the power, they can then have a say on how to run this country and all those policies and problems will be resolved to their preference.

    Singaporeans must vote wisely on 7 May to decide what they want in the future.

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