09 September 2015

Eight Reasons To Vote For Opposition

1. The PAP will be returned to power because the quality of some of the opposition parties' electoral platforms likely puts their candidates at a disadvantage. So if we vote for credible candidates of credible opposition parties, there is no possibility that the PAP will win less than a majority of seats in Parliament.

2. The PAP tells us to vote for its candidates because we need leaders for the future. It is not less important that Singapore needs to groom good opposition MPs from among whom will emerge leaders of the future to form an alternative government when the PAP fails. Singapore will be in serious trouble if there is no political party in Parliament that can form an effective alternative government when the PAP fails. Without putting in place an effective opposition and giving it the opportunity to develop and gain experience, Singaporeans will be at the mercy of the PAP.

3. The PAP that is asking for our vote in GE 2015 is not the PAP of 1959 or 1965 that made much personal sacrifices to take Singapore from third world to first world in one generation. The PAP candidates in GE 2015 are not Lee Kuan Yew, Goh Keng Swee, Toh Chin Chye, S Rajaratnam, etc.

4. GE 2015 is not a referendum on the PAP's contributions to Singapore's economic development half a century ago.

5. If many people are persuaded to give their vote to the PAP for reasons other than that they genuinely like the PAP, its candidates and its policies, it may lead the PAP to draw the erroneous conclusion that they agree with the PAP's policies such as its 6.9 million population "planning parameter" or its immigration policies.

6. The PAP's flimsy excuse for GRCs is to ensure minority representation in Parliament. Instead, it seems that its main rationale for GRCs — especially 5- and 6-member GRCs — is to enable the PAP to shield new, supposedly outstanding candidates from direct electoral contests in SMCs, and to facilitate their passage into Parliament on the coattails of "heavyweight" candidates. Voters in a GRC must either endorse or reject the entire team that is contesting together; they cannot reject one or more members of a team without rejecting the entire team. Voters in an SMC, however, can either endorse or reject the individual. When the PAP loses more GRCs, it will force a rethink of its use of GRCs.

7. We must show our strong disapproval of the 14 PAP-run town councils' sale and leaseback of their jointly owned town council management system ("TCMS") prior to GE 2011. The new owner of the TCMS, PAP-owned Action Information Management Pte Ltd ("AIM"), had the power to terminate any of the leases by giving one month's notice in the event of material changes to the membership, or to the scope and duties, such as changes to the boundaries, of that town. That was the challenge facing Aljunied-Hougang Town Council post-GE 2011. The TCMS is crucial for the effective management of a town council, without which it would be difficult, if not almost impossible, to keep track of its payments, receipts, payables, receivables etc.

8. We must send a strong message to the PAP that civil servants and other public servants such as those in Elections Department, HDB, NEA and PA must be politically neutral.

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