Wednesday, June 25, 2008

why does he always have to intimidate the nation?

he doesn't allow opp. candidates much chances to get into parliament. rules keep changing. things like GRC from single ward is really ridiculous according to their explanation. it causes unfair walkovers. it deprives many voters the rights to vote. as if not enough, GRC is now enlarged to cover even more wards with weaker mp candidates being ushered into parliament without a fight or a drop of sweat. it's called SUPER GRCS. take TG PAGAR SUPER GRC for example. it stretches from tg pagar all the way to moulmein. so bloody ridiculous and preposterous!!

now read what the latest comment which sounded more like a silent threat to the nation. sad ;9(

Singapore - One freak election result is all it would take to wipe out Singapore's success in building up the city-state, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew warned Wednesday night. It could happen if voters became bored and decided to give the "vociferous opposition" a chance - out of "light-heartedness, fickleness or sheer madness," Lee told 650 participants in the World Cities Summit and International Water Week.

"In five years, you can ruin this place, and it's very difficult to pick up the pieces," said Singapore's founding father and first prime minister.

His remarks were published Thursday in The Straits Times.

There are only two opposition members in Parliament, controlled by the People's Action Party, which has ruled since independence.

More opposition members could result in an unintended change of government, Lee said.

Larger countries rich in resources can survive such a freak outcome, but not Singapore, he said.

"When you are Singapore and your existence depends on performance - extraordinary performance, better than your competitors - when that performance disappears because the system on which it's been based becomes eroded, then you have lost everything," Lee said.

The problem with popular democracy is that candidates are not judged during elections on how well they can govern, but on their persuasive powers.

Referring to the just-ended intra-party contest in the United States between presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, Lee said that Obama won the nomination because he had a team of advisers who helped him strategize.

"Does that make a man who will bring change to the world? I hope he has a team that knows how to bring change to the world," Lee said.

He presented the first Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize to Dr Andrew Benedek for the 64-year-old Hungarian native's pioneering work in membrane technology for water treatment.

In a separate development, an informal network of 16 countries was set up to share ideas and expertise to pursue sustainable development. The network includes the 10 members of the Association of South-East Asian Nations, plus India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.


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