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Crushing Opposition…?

Posted on: May 16, 2006

Extracted: Straits Times Forum, May 13 2006

But let us be clear on this: The ultimate aim of an opposition party is to replace the governing party, and, indeed, this was spelt out clearly in the Workers’ Party’s manifesto. The opposition seeks to check and oppose the Government’s policies and actions in a bid to eventually convince the electorate that it should unseat the ruling party. This is what opposition politics is all about, and this is not something new or peculiar to Singapore.

Irene Ng (Miss)
Member of Parliament-elec, Tampines GRC (Changkat)

Extracted: Workers’ Party Rally at Ang Mo Kio GRC

Extracted: Straits Times Forum, May 16 2006

I have read the manifesto of the Workers’ Party; its stated aim is to be an alternative government but it hardly follows from this that it would therefore seek to “oppose the Government’s policies and actions in a bid to eventually convince the electorate that it should unseat the ruling party”.

Perhaps, apart from the PAP, the Workers’ Party might also have the best interests of Singaporeans as its ultimate aim, and is working to be an alternative party that could serve Singaporeans even better than the ruling party. It could do this by proposing superior policies and performing better at the grassroots level.

As to whether it seeks to undermine the good work of the ruling party and aggrandise its own achievements to get into power, must the ruling party undermine the good work of alternative parties and aggrandise its own achievements to stay in power?

If Miss Ng is right that ‘opposition politics’ is fundamentally about opposing the ruling party and seeking to replace it, then, by her own reasoning, ‘ruling-party politics’ is fundamentally about crushing opposing parties and seeking to stay in power.

On what basis does Miss Ng make this serious and derogatory claim of alternative parties, and what exempts her own party from her apparent view of politics as ultimately the pursuit of party interests?

Is politics ultimately about the pursuit of party interests, with the interests of citizens being incidental?

Jason Phan Shiaw Hwa

Extracted: Waffle > Political Air, May 2 2005

One last thing before I end. Whoever forms the Government, the Government is liable to take care of every single of their citizens. Regardless of the party they have voted for during the Elections. Instead of those power struggles, criticism and accusations, why don’t the parties concentrate on how to serve Singaporeans better?

It doesn’t have to be an One-Party rule in order to pass laws/policies. If a policy is reasonable, practical and beneficial, I do not see why the Opposition would vote against it. If the Opposition have their doubts, clarify and a better law/policy might emerge. It might be more tedious but this will be beneficial to the nation and its people.

Waffle

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