05 Mar '11, 12pm

Can Opposition Parties Bring Reform Without Winning Majority of Seats?

So far only Reform Party has announced the plan to form the next government. NSP, SDP, SF are keeping silent while WP clearly does not want to form the next government and instead it wants PAP to do so. WP finds its role as the checks and balance in parliament, through which reforms then will come about. An assessment is timely to look at whether opposition parties can bring reform to Singapore if they dont win majority of the seats to form the next government. During the 1990s by-election, PAP lost 4 seats to opposition parties. However during the term in office, the increased number of seats did not see PAP change its policies. Instead it continued as it is. Lets assume the following two scenarios and lets evaluate the impact on reforms in singapore. SCENARIO1: WORKERS PARTY WINS 10-20 SEATS AND THE OTHERS NONE Lets assume that WORKER’S PARTY wins 10-20 seats since it is...

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