07 Jun '11, 3pm

Political parties speak out at post-election forum

SINGAPORE: The government needs to change the way it consults people to ensure feedback is received early in the process of policy development. That is the takeaway for Singapore's major political parties, exactly a month after the general elections, which saw the ruling People's Action Party's vote share slip to a low of 60.1 per cent. Six representatives spoke at a forum, organised by think tank The Institute of Policy Studies, on the topic - "What Youths Want". The theme of the forum is a reflection of the turning tide seen at the recent elections. About a quarter of the electorate at the recent elections were below 36 years old, born in 1975 or younger. The PAP's representative at the forum, Desmond Lee, acknowledged the youth vote did cost the party, because more young voters support the idea of an opposition in Parliament. The other factor he said, was "simmering ang...

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