Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The wheel of history will move forward

Ever heard of the wheel of history moving backwards? That should worrythe PAP leadership as to the political direction Singapore is heading. The younger electorate will be the deciding factor in the next general election and the election after that. An increasingly number of them have manifestly shown that, while not entirely disillusioned with the PAP, they want to see a transformation in the government structure to reflect a more equitable society. And not unnaturally, they see a credible opposition as a vehicle for this transformation. Of course, for this to have any degree of realisation, there must be tangible inflow of able and high calibre potential candidates to the opposition parties, especially those who are scholars or talented degree holders. This is what is happening now in Singapore and the young voters are certainly to be elated at this trend of political development which will hopefully lead to the realisation of their cherished dream of a change of government.

That the PAP leaders have been monitoring this worrying trend for some time is not in doubt. They could not show openly that they are worried, but not yet to the point of panic, over this political development. So the prime minister has to put on an artificial front to comment sarcastically the dramatic event of a husband-and-wife team who are government scholarship holders who graduated with first-class honours degrees from Cambrige University joining the opposition Reform Party but admitted it is a significant development. When asked about reports of well-qualified Singaporeans joining the opposition, he simply glossed over the issue but wished them well. What else can he say?

The tsunami that hit the Barisan National in the last general election in Malaysia is a lesson that the beleaguered PAP leaders take to heart. The ostensibly fraternal visit by Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew to Malaysia last year was not just a friendly visit but with special assignment to assess the real reason for the Barisan National election debacle so that the PAP can readjust its unpopular policies to prevent s similar tsunami hitting the PAP in the next general election. They have so many unpopular measures to adjust one of which is the long-overdue reduction of the obscene salaries of the prime minister and his affluent ministers. If the prime minister is still ignorant how unpopular their obscene pay is, ask any man in the street. The other is their policy allowing the indisciminate influx of Chinese immigrants who are so problematic that they are regarded as the bane of our social ills.

Anyway, if the PAP is not voted out of power at the next general election because the opposition is not yet able to field sufficient number of credible candidates, PAP will be fortunate if it gets away with just a decimation of its position. But its luck may not hold in the general election after that. Singaporeans can be patient.

5 comments:

Utama said...

Thank you and Finally!

MM SZ said...

Linked under 'Elections'. Thanks.

soojenn said...

"Of course, for this to have any degree of realisation, there must be tangible inflow of able and high calibre potential candidates to the opposition parties, especially those who are scholars or talented degree holders."

Inflow of able and high calibre potential candidates to the opposition - Scholars with degrees do not equate them as being high calibre or for that matter talented ...especially if they are not independent thinkers, with some ounce of empathy. There are many examples already omnipresent in the incumbent party.

Why do we need scholars, or people with Ivy League degrees? It appears that PAP's brainwashing is difficult to be rid off.

The YPAP with their degrees seems to be no match for a critic with only a diploma.

zidan said...

politic is more then juzt 'degree' to begin with,LHL cautious electors to be careful about juz voting in 'degree oppsition'yet it was the PAP who had played this game & remember what he did to chiam?as well as other oppsition? well,this article is interesting reading not until content proven effective to warrant attention such like SE pple awaken & go to poll for once relizing how much & how long they have been fool..but then again,being S'porean,i doubt very much that what u said about this article,the men in white is laughing it out as a yawning drama..cuz with e control of the new 'citizens'&public service, sure sure they win already...

HarryLKY said...

We have a whole bunch of very well qualified pap politicians and what do we get ? A fabulously rich government with a poor citizentry. So I think we should look at other human qualities of the person. Like his integrity, honesty, compassion and ability to connect with the masses.