Forget all the BS about planning targets and worst-case scenarios.
The writing is on the wall. If the other political parties do not form an alliance to seize power in the next 1-2 General Elections, Singapore will have 6.9m people in 2030.
They can claim to check and balance all they want. There won’t be a real debate, where the Govt cannot pass a Bill without significant concessions to the Opposition and changes to the text. With 78 against 9, the outcome is a foregone conclusion.
Unless the PAP MP’s who spoke against the Motion vote against it in large numbers.
Hence the question: Will the MP’s vote for the people, or will they vote for the PAP?
Ironically, if PAP MP’s vote against the Motion, it could actually save the Party’s skin at the next General Election. Then they can trumpet themselves as a more effective check and balance than the ‘Opposition’.
But I doubt it. Instead of moderating their stance, PAP has taken on the job of attacking WP in Parliament with gusto. They are still as pig-headed as their predecessors.
So let’s see the final vote tally. How many MP’s are for the people, and how many are for the PAP.
But without forming a real coalition to dislodge the PAP from power, nothing will change. Checks and balances? Get real!