13 May '11, 12am

Our reader says it's time to tweak the GRC system. Agree? #SGelections

THE People's Action Party (PAP) used the group representation constituencies (GRCs) to secure the return of ministers to office. This now seems fallible. The assumption behind the PAP reaping the benefits of the GRC system was that the opposition could never muster a strong slate of candidates. As Foreign Minister George Yeo acknowledged, the team fielded by the Workers' Party in Aljunied GRC at this general election forced voters into a dilemma. Another reason to reform the GRC system is that office-bearers must earn their own stripes. It is not right that representatives of the people are not elected by the people, but instead get a free ride into office on the strength of their more established or popular colleagues. I think Singaporeans would rather choose individuals over "packages" with candidates whom they would not have voted for had they been standing alone. As a ...

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