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I am Singaporean VIII – Accountable Parties December 5, 2008

Posted by The Truth in I am Singaporean, Vol. II, Im Allgemeinen.

One party or multiple parties?  Lately, Xiao Lee has made it clear that a one party system is what he would prefer.  You can be sure he’ll be gunning to put that into effect – as if the pathetic opposition presence of politicians, who are more obedient than not, and the constant persecution of a certain few aren’t enough for proof.

And all the shit that has been flying around the world lately has shown us a side of Singapore the MIW probably didn’t never wanted us to see.  And the people are angry.  Just go to Speaker’s Corner to find out.  And the discourse now is about a one-party or multiple-party government.  And to put it roughly, people are split into the one-party and the two-party camp – one-partiers are more about efficiency in seeing through policies and the general rapid development of the country, whereas multiple-partiers are more about having an effective system of checks and balances to make sure there is no abuse of power.

The PAP has made itself so indispensible to Singapore that once the PAP somehow cracks, Singapore is doomed.  The thing is that most Singaporeans don’t, or they don’t want to, perceive the danger Singapore is in.  Singapore can be finished in five years, and contra Lee Senior, it is going to be the PAP’s fault.  They have conditioned Singaporeans into flocks of obedient sheep which will do whatever the government tells them to, because it seems that the Government knows what’s best.  Daddy knows what’s best, so shut up and work/put your money into CPF/let us invest in risky investments/don’t complain.  We should ‘move on’ when something goes wrong, but why doesn’t the Government move on when political opinions do something wrong?

And Singaporeans are taking it in like a certain bitter hallucinogen which tastes bad, but enables one to live on in the Singapore Dream.  We seem to forgive and forget, or we seem to not forgive but forget.  In politics i think, it is prudent to forgive, but not to forget and this is what we are missing out on.  Crisis after crisis, and the Gahmen ritually shuts up, expecting that it will blow over soon and that everything will be back to normal, because we have forgotten what’s happened.

One-partiers often compare Singapore to multiple-party systems, especially Taiwan.  True, we don’t want fisticuffs in Parliament.  But we also don’t want a Government which may be well-intentioned, but is totally indifferent to what the individual needs.  Everything is given up for ‘The Greater Good’, and when things go wrong, there doesn’t seem to be a Government which cares for us, despite our sacrifices.  If i’m not wrong, a certain Dr. Teo mentioned that we ‘should be thankful’.  Thankful for what?  Perhaps Singaporeans SHOULD be thankful because this is yet another reminder that the trust we place in our Government is overrated.

Our political system is competitive too, without the multiple-party system.  But how competitive?  Competitive according to the PAP’s rules, which means you have to follow them.  But who checks on the competition?  Indeed, if we feel that we should be accountable, it would be a small but significant step.  But no one wants to be accountable.  PAP will take care of everything.  It is this immaturity and dependence (a non-material ‘crutch mentality’ – yes they want your mental dependence, just not your financial dependence) on the Gahmen which has put Singapore in such a precarious spot.  Also, there is fear – fear that the Gahmen will fix you as a public servant if you vote for the Opposition.  Pork-barrel politics.  And more.  We have given the Government a carte blanche to rule, and it is ultimately up to us, the people, to show the Government that we are a force to be reckoned with.  No more walkovers, no more seeing your MP only once every 5 years when they come around to thank you for your votes, although your GRC was a walkover.

Of course we can remain trusting and loving to our Government, but has not this trust and love been betrayed again and again?  How is it that we trust the Government, whereas the Government doesn’t trust us?  Singapore is going down, as long as the PAP continues to dictate where Singapore is going.  With checks, you can be sure that policies are going to be better for the people.  You don’t even need a Grand Coalition – you need enough voices in Parliament to unsettle the PAP enough such that they will put into consideration what the people need.  And we have to stop being so forgetful.

Update: y’all should read this…you see, this is what happens when there aren’t checks and balances.  Although this may be an ‘executive decision’, but it runs totally contrary to what a Minister said about the responsibilities of the Town Councils.  No checks and balances = a feeling of immunity.



1. cheng - December 7, 2008

Just curious. The Malaysia’s equivalent of S’pore’s CPF, EPF, published its Annual Report (with financial statements) on its website. Does S’pore CPF reveals its accounts? So far, I have not seen one (I may be wrong). Can anyone enlighten me?

P.S. you can view EPF’s accounts via http://www.kwsp.gov.my/index.php?ch=p2reports&pg=en_p2reports_financial

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