Singaporeans who are hoping for PAP to do a BN are overjoyed at the news of former presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock’s willingness to lead an opposition alliance.
Giving rise to our hopes are similarities between the 2 political parties :
– BN and PAP have been in power for 6 decades.
– Corrupted by greed.
– Rampant cronyism.
– Pre election vote buying (Malaysia’s illegal, Singapore’s legal).
But this is where it all ends and in the face of stark differences, unseating PAP may yet prove to be an uphill battle.
1. PAP has almost absolute control of land (housing and commercial), total control of state finances, mainstream media, law making and security forces. This, understandably, creates fear in the electorate.
2. Non existence of independent institutions.
3. Commitment (personal sacrifice) of elected opposition MPs to topple BN whereas WP only wants to be the co driver.
4. An increase of almost 20,000 new citizens annually who are likely to support PAP, ie about 80,000 in 4 years, equivalent to an increase of more than 3% of the electorate.
5. A kiasi, kiasu and kia cheng-hu mindset of Singaporeans.
6. Majority of opposition supporters unwilling to contribute in ways other than KPKBing.
PAP – not taxpayers – is still perceived as the paymaster of more than 200,000 civil servants. Including Singaporean employees of GLCs/members of grassroots organisations, business cronies and all their family members and friends, PAP has at least 1 million supporters who do not want to rock the boat.
A radical approach is thus needed to convince fence sitters that a non-transparent and unaccountable PAP has been taking Singapore downhill for decades. Delaying this further may prove too costly for our children.
With determination and the ‘right’ strategy (in the following post), PAP’s grip on power can still be broken.
An opposition alliance can still send PAP packing. Or meet BN in hell? 😉