In the last general election, Singaporeans who want a change in government voted significantly for the opposition, no less than 40%.
Of course they expected to get opposition politicians into Parliament, to end the one party rule by Lee Kuan Yew and his PAP who have an autocracy, not a democracy, but guess what? They didn't get an opposition. What they got instead was a mirage. What they got this time was the PAP masquerading as the opposition, thanks to the vast array of tricks and con games he plays on his people.
In the end, Singaporeans got what they have always had, a PAP government and an opposition which is in reality PAP. In other words they went back to square one, a Lee Kuan Yew government with every single seat in Parliament with the PAP.
Wait a minute, you may say. Didn't the Workers Party after many days of vigorous heated (literally) campaigning win a GRC (5 seats) and another single member seat?
True, but what you didn’t know was that the Workers Party is actually an extension of Lee Kuan Yew's PAP itself. They are not an opposition political party by any stretch of the imagination. They are merely there, by prearrangement, to ask questions in Parliament, questions that would not hurt the PAP in any real way, such as the rising cost of living, or the emigration rate; questions which Lee's PAP will answer if the choose to, and merely leave it at that.
If Singaporeans thought that their opposition representation's duty in Parliament was merely to ask questions, which the government may or may not answer and after that merely go home, they might as well not have an opposition. Questions merely for the sake of questioning serves no purpose. Questions alone will only keep Lee and his descendants and their minions in power in
What about the real questions? And shouldn’t they take additional steps to make sure that if they don't take steps to correct the wrongs, there will be consequences.
Take for instance, the denial of a free press in
What about the right to free speech, a right which is similarly enshrined in the Constitution? Should not the opposition demand to know why the Lee government continues to criminalize free speech? And if no suitable answer is forthcoming, should they not similarly camp themselves outside Lee's parliament demanding that speech be decriminalized as is stated in the Constitution and swear that they will not budge until this is done?
And what about the other blatant abuses of the law that are crying out for a remedy? Should the opposition, if it is a true one, demand that these wrongs be corrected and refuse to take no for an n answer?
And does not the
What sort of opposition do we have anyway? We have the Workers Party which appears to have made a pact with Lee's PAP to ensure that the impression is given that they are in Parliament, but whose plan appears to be to merely to ask questions with no intention to bring about any real change whatsoever.
What is the point of having such an opposition anyway? There is simply nothing they can do or will do to make any change.
The Workers Party chief is Low Thia Khiang whom I have personally known for 7 years while I was a member of the Party in
Lee saw the ground swell of anti PAP sentiment rising. If so, how then to use it to his advantage. You have to remember that despite the Constitution and the history of
And the victims of this con game played by Lee Kuan Yew are the Singaporeans, who went to such time and effort trying to put an opposition into Lee's Parliament. It appears Lee has had the last laugh anyway, while Low Thia Khaing and his Workers Party play their part in the Singapore Opera, I mean the Singapore Parliament.
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