So as DPM Wong mentioned, just as the PAP seeks to lead the way forward, it too needs the 'opposition' to keep itself in check and to give it better perspectives. If the interest of Singaporeans is really paramount, then the PAP should stop fixing the opposition but work together to democratically elect the new cabinet in parliament.
I believe that in the most modern democracies to come to come, many will be coalition governments, as such, Cabinet Ministers would come from deferring party or even amongst independents. What matters most is that the independent vote of each MP towards the appointment of fellow MPs to cabinet is transparent to his own constituents and that that the sum total of all MP votes determines whom should be the new cabinet.
Of course political parties might fight it out as to whom should populate the new cabinet, however, each party would be very mindful of the limits of moral integrity and human decency so as to uphold their political reputations- the very essence of what is to yield them public endorsements at every election- the very essence of what politics ought to be about in the first place: the business of human leadership.
People have to be mindful of the need for clean and efficient political leadership. To procure anything less is a slant to one's own dignity and a betrayal of all humanity.
~ "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'"-- Matthew 25:40 (NIV)
- 'DPM Wong questions opposition's GRC motives': "If they were to compare the candidates of the two sides, I hope that they will closely scrutinise all the candidates. If they are new candidates, then make use of this occasion to grill them, to understand them, to know more about them, and to ask them.... I have been looking forward to this for a while...and I hope the opposition will come, give our voters a chance, and also help us understand what else we need to do (so as) to do better in the constituency." [ST, 24Mar2011] [alt link]
- 'PM Lee says countries worldwide respect and admire Singapore's proven system': "Suppose you had 10, 15, 20 opposition members in Parliament...I'm going to spend all my time thinking what's the right way to fix them, to buy my supporters votes, how can I solve this week's problem and forget about next year's challenges?.. " [CNA:03May2006][YouTube/@1m10s]
- 'Singapore ministers set for million-dollar pay hike': "...'If we don't do that ... corruption will set in and we will become like many other countries,' Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean was quoted as saying in the Straits Times last week." [Reuters5Apr2007]
- 'Town Council Act (CAP 329A) states clearly that Govt must work with Town Councils (run by MPs) to implement LUP': "It is a joke that for some strange reasons or another, Mr Shanmugan’s ministerial colleague has refused to obey the Town Councils Act by choosing not to work with Hougang Town Council and even has the audacity to TWIST the facts by claiming that 'it is the role of the grassroots advisers to implement the LUP' through his press secretary when it was stated NOWHERE in the Town Councils Act that the LUP has to be carried out by the grassroots advisers! From beginning to end, there was no mention of the words 'Grassroots advisers', 'People Association' or 'PAP losing candidates' and so how did Mr Eric Low come into the picture at all? " [TR, 29Oct2009][alt link]
- 'How PAP uses taxpayer-funded grassroots for political gain': "The People’s Association (PA), ..Like all other stat boards, it receives a yearly grant from the government to run its programmes and cover operational costs. .. It spent a total of $320 million last year.However unlike most stat boards, whose chairmen are usually the permanent secretary of the parent ministry or some other senior civil servant, PA’s chairman is none other than the Prime Minister [pict]. .. No other public sector board in Singapore has so many “Men in White” on it..." [G Giam, 10Oct2009].
- 'Upgrading should be a separate issue from the General Election': "We are concerned about the linking of public housing upgrading and estate renewal programmes to electoral support for the PAP in a constituency. The prioritization of upgrading programmes should be based on sound criteria and be kept a separate issue from the general election.." [petitiononline.com]
- '‘Adviser over MP’ raises many questions': "PAP MPs are appointed as advisers to the grassroots organisations in their wards by the People’s Association (PA). In the two opposition wards, the PA picked the PAP candidates who contested but lost in the wards in the last two polls as the grassroots advisers." [ST, 22Oct2009][alt link]
08Apr2011: [GPGT] DPM Wong: "..I hope the opposition will come, .. and help us understand what else..."
08Apr2011: DPM Wong: "..I hope the opposition will come, .. and help us understand what else..."
09Apr2011: DPM Wong: "..opposition pls come.. and help us better the constituency"
09Apr2011: DPM Wong: "Opposition pls come,.. and help us understand..."
09Apr2011: Wong Kan Seng - vote for me, I am the FUTURE