Perhaps it’s true that the online community is largely negative towards the PAP. How else can one explain that so many sites are still not satisfied with what he offered, despite the sweeping changes the PM announced in his National Day Rally?
PSLE grade revamp. More social welfare. Cheaper flats. More healthcare subsidies. And even the uprooting of an entire military airbase just to release prime housing land.
And online critics still say, ‘it’s not enough, there’s room for improvement’, or ‘it’s a step in the right direction, but more can be done’. Or that he didn’t do anything for me (gays/lesbians, singles, unwed mothers, etc etc).
Of course more can always be done. Of course there’s always room for improvement. Of course there always some groups who are left out.
But what the PM is proposing is far more than any PAP govt of the past has ever proposed. Do these online critics realise that?
More importantly, where does this leave the other political parties? Other than saying they agree with the direction PAP is moving in but they want to see concrete results, what else do they have to offer the electorate? They have no ambition to form the Govt. So how are they going to fight the PAP in 2016?
More need for check and balance stuff? More complaints about healthcare costs, cost of living, housing costs, transport woes, FT’s and overcrowding, Minister salaries? Will that still work in 2016?
I am increasingly pessimistic about the fate of the other political parties come 2016. Like it or not, if it is something money can settle, PAP will do whatever it takes to stay in power. Hence the sweeping changes which started from cutting Minister salaries to the latest changes proposed by PM Lee. If other parties do not want to form the Govt in 2016, I do not see any reason how they can increase their numbers in Parliament in 2016.