16 Sep '11, 1pm

(CNA|sg) Important to keep political cynics a minority: PAP MPs

(CNA|sg) Important to keep political cynics a minority: PAP MPs

SINGAPORE: Three out of 10 Singaporeans are political cynics and MPs from the People's Action Party said it is important to keep this number low. They believe it is difficult to act in the best interest of the country if people doubt their credibility and trustworthiness. They were responding to a study by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) which measured political cynicism among Singaporeans. The result did not come as a surprise to many as this level of political cynicism was evident during the watershed General Election in May and a keenly fought Presidential Election. In the IPS study, respondents were asked whether politicians quickly forget their election promises after a campaign, whether having power is more important to politicians than catering to people's wishes, and whether people are often manipulated by them. While the IPS study did not differentiate betwe...

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