PAP Does Not Need to Purposely Let Opposition Grow, Just Respect Constitution

PM Lee Hsien Loong says that it is not wise for the PAP to “purposely” let the opposition grow. This disingenuous statement must be called out.

To be absolutely clear, the opposition, in the form of the Barisan Sosialis (BS), was strong and had the support of Singaporeans. The PAP, with the cooperation of the British colonial government, had to place BS leaders under mass arrests and detain them without trial in order to remain in power.

Since then, the PAP has undertaken a myriad of anti-democratic measures to ensure that the opposition remains hobbled and unable to challenge it for power.

The withering punishment of news organisations and journalists, and the amendments to the Newspaper and Printing Presses Act through the years reduced a once vibrant mass media to that of officialdom’s cheerleaders. Little wonder that they are ranked 151st in the World Press Freedom Index 2017 – a position sandwiched between Ethiopia and Swaziland.

Trade unions and civil society were similarly destroyed leaving an impotent NTUC controlled by ministers. In their place, the government has politicised the People’s Association, plying it with enormous sums of money to carry water for the party.

Election laws have been repeatedly altered and the constitution amended to ensure the PAP’s continued hegemony. The introduction of the GRC system is but just one instance, allowing the PAP even greater latitude to gerrymander with impunity.

Now the government is arguing that a by-election need not be called if an MP in a GRC resigns, even if she is from the minority race.

The latest example of such shambolic treatment of our constitution is the PAP’s reservation of the Presidency for Malays and then approving its ethnically Indian member as a candidate while disqualifying her potential opponents.

Recently, the government amended the Films Act so that it can further crack down on, among other things, the making of party political films and other material it deems “undesirable”. It also changed the Public Order Act to give police the power to stop citizens from disseminating information relating to public events such as protests.

Any casual observer can see that these are not acts of a confident government. It is, instead, of one that is nervously looking over its shoulders, afraid of the genuine views of the people breaking through.

If Mr Lee is of the view that his party has the support of the people, then why go through such lengths to dismantle democracy and suppress the opposition?

No one is asking the PAP to let the opposition grow. What Singaporeans are saying is that it must stop changing laws to make the system even more undemocratic and prevent the opposition from challenging its hold on power.

 

Singapore Democrats

 

 

 

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35 Responses to “PAP Does Not Need to Purposely Let Opposition Grow, Just Respect Constitution”

  • Amos proved PAP hypocrisy:

    PP is afraid of political competition (i.e., opposition) because it knows it will lose after failing (and abusing) Singaporeans.

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  • will any judge intervene:

    Now the government is arguing that a by-election need not be called if an MP in a GRC resigns, even if she is from the minority race.

    Only if the GRC is held by the PAP.

    Now, if the GRC is held by an Opposition Party, a by-election has to be called.

    This is PAP rule of law. No j*dge will intervene, if they care for their ricebowl.

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  • Titiana Ann Xavier:

    For over 5 decades, the PAP government has availed itself of a legal pretext to destroy any Opposition politician who is a friend to truth, liberty and justice. PM Lee will also go out of his way to destroy any Opposition politician who has befriended the poor and the oppressed. But the principles of freedom and humanity will eventually triumph over falsehood, tyranny and any act inimical to the dignity and well-being of human beings.

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  • Anymous incognito:

    Sterlity is stability! Silence is solidarity! Harmony is heaven!

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  • rukidding:

    Look at how “kwai” the Indian Malay President is .

    No sound, no picture ……great monthly salary some more .

    But ,sadly,…..”lose” to Mahattir .At least Mahattir got “guts”.

    What BS,…”do good, do together” ????

    What a “let down” and “dis-service” to both Indian and Malay Community .

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  • LIONS:

    PM Lee Hsien Loong says that it is not wise for the PAP to “purposely” let the opposition grow.
    ==============================================================================
    hahaha and ‘HUH’?

    BUT,PAP purposeLEE kill the opposition via PAPaganda machinery and GRC where many UNMERITOCRATIC MPs who DONT BOTHER TO ATTEND PARLIAMENTARY SESSIONS ANYHOW VOTE FOR BILLS????

    WHAT A STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPID JOKE!

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  • INDIAN malay INDIAN president:

    who is the biggest maker of fake news in Singapore?

    pap.

    didn’t pap tell 70% sheep over and over again about asset enhancement of HDB?

    didn’t pap, with one stroke of the pen, last year told 70% sheep HDB value goes to zero at end of 99 years lease?

    70% bo bian sheep must be reminded. it gets what it votes for.

    70% bo bian sheep must be reminded. their lives can improve if they vote against pap.

    pap lies all the time. pap is the source of fake news in Singapore. 70% sheep must take a stand. otherwise NSF NSR for their sons while jobs and scholarships for pap aliens pap FTs pap PRs continues.

    70% sheep no chance when number of mouths reaches 10m. 70% sheep must do something while 5.5m is already a milestone. don’t wait for 10m when it is too late for recovery to take place since harm is done.

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  • LIONS:

    SMELLY…VERBAL DIARRHEA?

    SOME PPL FART N SHIT FROM THE MOUTH…IT STINKS.

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  • opposition dude:

    The PAP has always been running scared despite it suing everyone left right and centre throughout the decades.

    If they were as confident as they like to project then there would not be a need to always change GRC boundaries and using the lame excuse of voter composition every single damn time.

    They lost a single seat and introduced the GRC system, hw confident is that? The system served them well until 2011 when they finally lost one and out went 2 overpaid ministers.

    Let’s see how many more they lose in the next GE. I hope they are forced into a coalition government whereby they won’t have the power to suka suka amend everything they want.

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  • LIONS:

    instead of FXING THE ALREADY WEAK OPPO,THE PAP GOVT should TRY AND FIX COL especially RUNAWAY MEDICAL INFLATION.
    ACCORDING TO AON survey,our MEDICAL INFLATION IS AMONG THE HIGHEST,higher than even SOUTH KOREA????

    i want to warn those younger lot of sgs here that if they become JOBLESS OR SELF-EMPLOYED,THEY have to take care of their own medical bills should they fall ill.

    with impending increase in GST TO 9 PCT,A $100,OOO IN-PATIENT BILL will mean you pay additional $9K to the PAP’S WHATS WRONG WITH COLLECTING MORE MONEY FROM PEASANTS SCHEME???
    WATCH OUT FELLAS!

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  • Change We Must:

    Nobody is asking PAP to make opposition strong, idiot! We asking for a fair playing ground.

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  • LuHsien Lwong:

    Even Ah Pa’s WILL he also can ‘change’. What else he can’t change? With 81 of his Yes-Man in parleement, changing ‘lor’ is as easy as 123. And each time he decides to change any ‘lor’, he doesn’t thank God. He thanks the 70% daft voters.

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  • asking them not to cheat:

    Change We Must:
    Nobody is asking PAP to make opposition strong, idiot! We asking for a fair playing ground.

    We are asking them not to cheat.

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  • His story:

    He is no democract! As Duterte said Sinkiland is only a garrison!

    Where got democracy in a garrison? Similarly got democracy in Changi Jail?

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    “Not to help Opposition win” means, for our super-smart PM, scheming to ensure it can’t win or, in his own words, fixing the opposition? Doesn’t he need to go back to school to pass O-level English again?

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  • Amos proved PAP hypocrisy:

    Titiana Ann Xavier:
    For over 5 decades, the PAP government has availed itself of a legal pretext to destroy any Opposition politician who is a friend to truth, liberty and justice. PM Lee will also go out of his way to destroy any Opposition politician who has befriended the poor and the oppressed. But the principles of freedom and humanity will eventually triumph over falsehood, tyranny and any act inimical to the dignity and well-being of human beings.

    This is the reason for Operation Spectrum. Arrogant, self-serving, ruthless SOB LKY was afraid because those detained were Catholic Church workers which made them very credible. He said no politician can win against religion because it is based on faith.

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    I may DESPISE the Man-Who-Con and is a Coward & Traitor…but I have no DOUBTS he has a brilliant mind used in an EVIL WAY!!!

    But…the offspring??? who sashays and NOT walk…groomed to be a PM and was even considered PM material had he been NOT the son of the Man-Who-Con-You before the age of 35???
    Screw his own siblings when his father promotes his in-laws and cronies and sits next to a coffin in BROAD lights for the world to see he is meditating???
    A FOOL has more grey matter between his ears than this IDIOTIC PM!!!

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  • The Rot Started From The Top:

    The Dishonorable Son failed to realize that oppositions do not need his help at all to grow stronger. His own corruptive policies, had alerted oppositions to take steps to overthrow his dynasty, and support for this strategy had continuously increased by the days. The oppositions, as well as the common folks knew that in every GE, this corruptive regime NEVER fail to use dirty tactics to grab power. Enough of your nonsense Dishonourable Son.

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  • 鸟龙的人:

    没搞到反对党逃亡、坐牢、破产就很幸运了
    有其父必有其子 丢尼猩

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  • oxygen:

    I WILL ONLY LISTEN TO THE ONE who fix the economy, definitely NOT the one who FIX the Opposition and buy supporters vote with my tax money.

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  • Najib learnt the lesson:

    Well, from his position Mr LHL seems justify ???
    Neighbor Mr Najib learnt the lesson and seconded by doing the same thing . Redraw election boundaries , votes buying, block or ban Dr M, …..!

    Lets see if malaysian respond , if they will deliver or splash a pail of cold water on us?

    By the way, ms Teo s l and mr Tan w p , no words from you all against Mr Najib ?

    Najib no kind soul is it ? Base on the former case of a Mongolia lady blown to pieces with a grenade ? Worry history may repeat itself ?

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  • N.Jungne:

    Dare you revert all GRCs to SMCs, try lah.

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  • 70% Daft SInkies:

    Pinkie-yellow-arse is living in his own dream world of ‘natural aristocracy’, ‘constantly ‘fix’ the opposition but say not his business to let it grow’, ‘papa nostalgia’ and ‘navel gazing at his perfect political animal – PAP’.

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  • Mad mad world:

    Sounds like more tweaking & rules changing for next GE.
    One fine day even no more GE?
    Be afraid, be very afraid!

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    Such arrogance & hubris shown! The legitimacy for political mandate is to provide the following;
    * Essential economic conditions like availability of good jobs with living wages, ample business opportunities, relevant educational training & engagement & accessible tertiary education; &
    * Essential public services at an affordable price like affordable housing, an affordable cost of living & an efficient & affordable public transportation.
    And if any political incumbent who fails in achieving that 2 basic tasks, then expect more opposition political parties to arise to challenge for the role. To suppress opposition parties when the incumbent party is failing in those 2 tasks is the pathway to a FAILED STATE. So simple yet so many within the system had failed to grasp those basics facts & the essential fundamentals of politics on meeting the economy to achieve balance. S’pore is surely doomed!

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  • Loser Loonie:

    Loser Loonie to oppo—you should be thankful that we do not lock you up for 32 years without trial; had always been papigs modus operandi.Or sue you till all your underwear drop!
    70% bury their heads pretending not to know; not realising that it will pathologise their psyche hence their health.

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  • An Imbecile confirmed:

    A leader who tried to stamp out opposition in a devious and trying desperately th dress it up to appear all for the good of the nation is a trait*r of the democratic country but not stupid except when he becomes senile and a fading rationality and intelligence during his twilight years. But one who does not even know that deliberate destruction of political opposition and citizenry dissent is against the fundamental tenets of democracy is a stupid trait*r of the nation.
    This revelation throws light on why such a not stupid but greedy nepotist made such derogatory remark on the citizens who have trust and endowed him with billions and his nepotic realization by publicly told the internation media that they are daft in his twilight days in that he was actually expressed his disappointment and belated realization he has wasted his labour in even succumbing and breaking the spines of a potentially good leadervto seat warm for the imbercile successor. His premolition of how his whole nepotic pursuit came to naught after his dearture to face those looking down as he rejoined his equaalybevil comrades he has betrayed.

    this is a golden opportunity for succumbed in shame of the seat warmer to redeem himself. If he has any grey matter left he will realize how shitty is the 4th generation and come forward to rectify his cowardice when he succumbed shamefuuly to seat warm for an imercile and his idiotic and nfi recruits. But more likely the long subjugation to polampaism has weakened his spine and spitit beyond redemption. It therefore left to the citizenry to stiff uo their spines and tell these nfi Biws to FO. Let the years of opacity be opened and showed what lie within it for the last 3-4 decades.

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  • @ asking them not to cheat:

    Please man.

    Some people can never be politician. Audience also not fit.
    History also dont know .
    Cheating is part and puzzle of Chinese culture. Personally cheating is Chinese culture.

    As long as 5000 years ago 大禹 already cheated. Instead of passing the throne to the next publicly recognised wise successor, he pass it to his son and started the CIA dynasty. Many examples in chinese history, e.g.

    刘备借荆州 —— 有借无还

    吃曹操的饭,干刘备的事 —— 吃里爬外 ….

    Even today China after 30 years or 40 years still copy here and there. Never change and probably cannot change.

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  • Asd:

    Dirty trick for the sake of the people is ok… Filling own pocket is a no no

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  • If Opposition Don't Grow....:

    As evidenced by the ‘happenings’ after GE 2015, if Singaporeans don’t grow the Opposition, we will be in deep shit!

    Let’s help to demolish the late L*Y home at 38 Oxley Rise.

    Vote for the opposition at the next GE!

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  • 'Selected' President Hopeless?:

    BOught new house and buying SUV soon?

    Check our Nation’s Reserves?

    Singaporeans shaking their heads.

    ‘Uniquely Singapore’ indeed!

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  • Do good do together?:

    Hey you! Yes you, Mr Pm..
    Stop pointing your greasy finger at us.
    so educated but so uncultured.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    He forgotten, he was there not because of his ability. He was there because of his father overestimated him as a son.

    He has to pay for loyalty. He cannot even get smart people to join him. What he got are those idiots, incompetence, Yes men and women. As what Li Shengwu refers to as his Uncle’s dogs.

    Because of he own inability, he is always afraid of his own shadow!! Anyone smarter than him is a threat!!

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  • Stealthy president:

    Mdm Halimah is working ‘quietly’, behind the scene, to do the necessary checks on the government. Her method of operation is the ‘stealth’ (invisible) tactic. Trust her to question reserves and appointment. She is well-liked by her adopted Malay community.

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  • oxygen:

    @ Stealthy president

    HAVE YOU HEARD OF THESE WISDOM THOUGHTS in politics? If you must lie, be brief. And if you are caught out lying and red-handed of wrong-doing, BE SILENT (don’t give the treasure hunters more leads to your pile of sh*t).

    Fishes are not afraid of water. Neither is truth or virtues fearful of bragging.

    AND ONE FINAL PINPOINT DART BOARD KING HIT – far more fishes live in dirty water than aquarium clean water.

    DO YOU AGREE? Only “Yes or No” answer is required.

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