ST Report on PAP Thank-You Dinner for Retired MPs, 22 Jul 2011
PAP is beginning its search for new candidates to be fielded at the next general election (GE) due by 2016. Mr Lee Hsien Loong said he was looking especially for ‘people who fit the standard mould, and people who break the mould but make a special contribution to the team’, and also for more party activists with ‘proven dedication and skills in working the ground and reaching out to residents’.
‘I urge Singaporeans who have the passion to serve Singapore, and believe they have a contribution to make, to come forward and join us,’ he said.
[Political Writings] Why would there be a need to talk about a mould if PAP wants to change, if PAP wants to represent all the people in Singapore?
Why should anyone join the PAP at the ground level and do grassroots work for years if all key appointment holders are outsiders simply parachuted in before the election?
Mr Lee said [PAP MPs] need to update their approach to meet the needs of a new electorate. “One clear lesson which we’ve picked up from this and previous General Elections is that we have to deploy our candidates as early as possible. And I think, in a more challenging environment, even earlier than before – to give them more time to get to know the residents, to get to learn the ropes, to understand what it is that being a PAP MP means and to discover their own strengths and weaknesses,” he said.
[Political Writings] The electorate is not new. They’ve been around 50 years. What has not changed is the PAP. You still believe you and only you know best.
Who cares when you deploy your new candidates? People want their elected MP’s to fulfil their promises today. If people have a problem, they want their MP to solve it for them today. Who your candidate is five years from now is unimportant if you don’t solve our problems today.
[With more opposition], Mr Lee said Singapore can easily fall into problems seen in Western liberal democracies, such as gridlock, indecision and stagnation.
“Therefore, it is critical for the PAP to adapt itself and the way it governs in new conditions. Because if the PAP cannot do this, nobody else can.”
[Political Writings] I wouldn’t worry about gridlock until the opposition wins 40 seats. But why do you keep coming up with bogeymen?
The greatest worry Singaporeans have is not gridlock or paralysis, but a strong Govt shoving policies down their throats. Why don’t you assure us instead that you will not use your overwhelming majority to simply ride roughshod over peoples’ concerns? Why don’t you address that instead?
Instead of singing the same song as Lim Boon Heng, you could have talked about how PAP will work with WP to ensure the concerns of Singaporeans, including those who voted for WP, are met.
Too bad. You blew it. Again.
* OTP = Out of Touch Party. This is an occasional series to provide commentary on how PAP is out of touch with Singapore.