My problems with the opposition parties

The opposition parties are out in force this time around – all 89 seats are contested, and most of their candidates seem to come from respectable backgrounds. Some of these candidates can even speak multiple languages, a fact that somehow always pleases the crowd at rallies!

But I’ve been thinking and observing over the past week’s campaigning, and some of the things these opposition parties say are starting to worry me.

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Uniquely Singaporean Parties

First and perhaps most obvious is the reluctance of opposition parties to try and form a government. Most of them are basing their campaign on blaming the PAP, and claiming that they will keep the PAP in check when they’re voted into parliament.

A rather odd logic, if you ask me. Perhaps it is another uniquely Singaporean trait – we have almost 10 opposition parties whose very point of existence is to provide diversity to the ruling party.

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Diversity is good?

Diversity seems to be another oft-repeated catchphrase for the opposition parties. Vote me in! So there’s diversity in the parliament!

Do we really want diversity, for diversity’s sake?

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And at the end of it all, what does political diversity actually mean? WP has been described as PAP-lite, so I suppose the only diversity there is the color of their shirts. Yet they’re asking for voters to grant them 28 seats in the parliament.

To what end?

28 seats would not allow the WP to block constitutional changes suggested by the PAP, and neither would their opinions actually make a difference in policies. The only difference would probably appear in the bank accounts of the extra 21 MPs.

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Policymaking can be scary

Perhaps to set themselves apart, the SDP put out a whole series of alternative policies on big issues like housing and healthcare. What do they say?

Free healthcare! Reduce housing prices! Implement minimum wage!

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Errr. Somebody’s gonna pay for all those right? Easy, the SDP says. Cut defence budget by 40%, increase corporate taxes, and increase tax on the rich. Sounds good, but what does that actually mean?

It means our armed forces will be weakened significantly, when our neighbouring countries are becoming more nationalistic.

It means that companies, already facing the crunch from the lesser availability of foreign labour and a possible minimum wage regime, would need to incur even more additional costs.

This must be why even their leader Chee Soon Juan is astutely avoiding any mention of SDP’s policies at their rallies, because they know that when Singaporeans really think about SDP’s policies, they would realise that the policies are not viable at all. So all they talk about is the good old days, when every Singaporean led a relaxing life.

Sigh.

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One thought on “My problems with the opposition parties

  1. People are so distracted by the issues raised that they have forgotten about internal battles which are often obstacles to make things work. Therefore i strongly believe that anyone joining the nation’s decision making team must be able to work well with the current team. Current team has credibility when they turned words into actions. Talk is cheap. To carry out the words in action for a nation and to the World is a challenging task. We are speaking about a project beyond an organisation which involves people and their livehood. Suggestions should also be based on total understanding of situations and resources. Comments from rallies like ‘we should use up the money to help the people’ proved that the contestants are ignorant about economics and lack of exposure.

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