11 May '11, 12am

Can Singapore cope with the Trojan horse of democracy? Pledge: "to build democratic society…" is a Trojan?

NOW that the euphoria of having an opposition party breach a bastion of People's Action Party - the multi-seat constituency that is the GRC - has settled somewhat, it may be worthwhile to examine the road ahead. The Workers' Party's decisive capture of Aljunied GRC suggests that many opposition voters want an alternative voice to the Government; that they are tired of having a government that implements policies without enough consultation. Having an opposition voice in Parliament will alleviate this state of affairs, so they think. But this may also reflect a negative mentality: have an alternative voice, or things would get worse. The WP's call for a First World Parliament is seductive but it does not sway me, having seen its effects when I lived abroad where alternative voices to the government proliferated. Street marches and parliamentary debates are interesting side ...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_667284...

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