Lawrence Wong just wrote a piece called “Politics drives a wedge in society.”
He makes a good point about how politics is causing divisions. He highlighted the recent ‘Spot the PAP party member’ contest when Mediacorp invited a group of 50 people to the PM’s conversation forum.
He says, “Politics is important. But surely we do not want to end up in a situation where every activity or conversation in this country becomes politicised, where our people are polarized by political beliefs, where Singaporeans are set against Singaporeans based on creed or political affiliation.
“More importantly, when decent people step forward to be part of a genuine national effort to welcome our overseas guests, or volunteer their time to be part of a national TV forum with the PM, and yet get vilified by their fellow citizens, then we really should pause and reflect, and ask ourselves whether this is the kind of society we want.
“Politics can drive a wedge between us and divide our society. Or it can be a force for good, to bring our people together, and to build a stronger and better Singapore.”
Mr Wong, your remarks make perfect sense—until you realise why these things happened.
This is PAP’s retribution for 50 years of PAP’s hegemony.
In the US, no one bats an eyelid if you’re a Republican supporter. They don’t bat an eyelid if you’re a Democrat. Or even if you’re a Tea Party supporter.
If the PAP didn’t make politics so difficult and expensive for other parties and for the people at large, we wouldn’t be in the state we are in today.
Do you know that people were scared to be seen with ‘opposition’ parties in the past? That they were afraid that if they voted for ‘opposition’, the Govt might know and do bad things to them?
Do you know people are scared to join ‘opposition’ political parties, or to even donate to them because their particulars are recorded?
Do you know that the PAP stifled the genuine expression of criticism, that they branded ‘opposition’ politicians as opposing for the sake of opposing, that they proclaimed that people will repent if they vote for ‘opposition’?
Do you know that ‘opposition’ politicians have been jailed, fined, sued and bankrupted?
With all these legacy, how do you expect people to trust the PAP? Why shouldn’t people be cynical? Why should they embrace the PAP?
Things are changing, eg. the willingness to discharge Chee Soon Juan is a good start.
But if the PAP really wants to be loved, it must accept that it cannot be the dominant political party. It cannot want to control all aspects of Singaporeans’ lives and it cannot want to stifle other parties.
Are you willing to pay the price, Mr Wong? More importantly, what about your party leadership?