[About this blog] Inspired by local soccer player Mike Lim during my rookie reporter days at Singapore Polytechnic, I set up this blog in August 2002. I feel that blogging is a novel platform to document interesting facets of my life and my thoughts on certain issues. [Email blogger] ephraim@singnet.com.sg

Sunday, March 29, 2009

[Increased stakes for the opposition]
I was posed a question in class about liberalisation in Singapore today.

Essentially, the model that was drawn up showed that economy, state and civil society are separate entities. And there is little way of overlap.

One of my classmates then brought up the topic of the recent cabinet appointments and noted that a huge proportion of salaries would be paid for additional staff in PMO.

I offered a different view. I said that come next general elections, the stakes for the opposition would be raised. It would now cost a lot more and a single vote cast against the PAP may very well contribute to a loss of PAP wards with more than a minister. For example, in the last general elections, Aljunied GRC had only one minister. The promotion of Mrs Lim Hwee Hua to a full minister brings the number of minsters in Aljunied GRC to two. Provided that the boundaries of Aljunied GRC remain, then any opposition party who wants to contest Aljunied GRC will then have to pit their skills against two ministers. Will residents of Aljunied GRC want to vote for the opposition then and risk losing two cabinet ministers in the process then?

Careful consideration has to be put in before one hits the ballot box.


Blogger Soojenn said...

There is nothing spectacular about Lim Hwee Hua. So what if the vots is not for the PAP and they lose 2 ministers.

Probably good for Singapore, less ministers, espeially ones for decoration or seat warming, or old goats, the better. See post on first female Singapore minister at "http://soojenn.blogspot.com/2009/03/first-female-singapore-minister.html

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 12:44:00 pm

Blogger Ephraim Loy 黎传志 said...

Lim Hwee Hua is only one example. There will be many examples now that the number of ministers have increased. However, it is possible that ministers may retire as well during the next general elections.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009 12:58:00 am

Blogger Scribe said...

What is the value of the risk in losing two ministers in the Aljunied GRC (or any GRC, for that matter)? Which minister is indispensable for the future of Singapore? Are we so handicapped that we can't stand on our own two feet? If the opposition is credible, they deserve to be in parliament. Especially so if the electorate, exercising their constitutional right, and without the dirty tricks of gerrymandering, get to cast their ballots for their chosen representatives.

Thursday, April 02, 2009 9:23:00 am

Blogger Ephraim Loy 黎传志 said...

I guess it will be tougher now for the opposition. I do not disagree that credible opposition deserve to be in Parliament.

Friday, April 03, 2009 3:53:00 pm


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