27 Apr '11, 9pm

Strong contest will force voters to pay attention: PM: What gives Mr Lee confidence, he said, is the fact of "a

SINGAPORE - With a historic 94 per cent of electoral seats being contested, this General Election is no "routine thing" - and this is good, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The "strong" contest will "force voters to sit up and pay attention and decide what is at stake" for them, said Mr Lee at the People's Action Party (PAP) press conference yesterday afternoon following the close of nominations for the May 7 GE. "A stronger Opposition will crystallise the issues" and "galvanise a response from the ground, and people will stand up on both sides and ask themselves: 'What counts, what matters, what am I going to do about it?'" said Mr Lee, the PAP's secretary-general. He added: "The fact that people now have to take a stand and decide where they are, I think that emphasises how important this election is. It's not masak-masak, it's for real and it has very serious conseq...

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