01 May '11, 2pm

GE should be about national, not trivial local issues: Voices #sgelections

The PAP team in Aljunied GRC accuses the Workers' Party of using residents as a springboard for their national agenda of increasing the Opposition's representation in Parliament. It prefers to focus on local, municipal issues such as pest problems, lack of rain shelters and loansharks. If every voter in Singapore votes on the basis of local and municpal issues, then who holds the Government accountable for national policies? Over the past five years, the Government's policies on foreign workers, immigration, housing, transport, healthcare, education and casinos have had a huge impact on the lives of voters. General elections should be more about national issues rather than trivial local issues. Aljunied GRC's electoral boundaries have been altered for this General Election, with 24,000 former voters living near Hougang SMC moved to other GRCs, while 20,000 new voters from ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC110501-0000894/GE-sh...

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