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Singapore’s political system is rare and once lost there is no turning back, says PM Lee



20 years as PM​

Singapore’s political system is rare and once lost there is no turning back, says PM Lee​


Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says the system can become distorted when voters want the PAP to govern, but also want more opposition MPs to check and question the Government. PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

UPDATED MAY 11, 2024, 02:28 AM

SINGAPORE – Singaporeans have something special and rare in the country’s political system, where people have consistently given the mandate to the People’s Action Party (PAP), and it in turn has delivered outstanding results in everything from security to housing, education, healthcare and the economy, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

“The way it has worked in Singapore is quite special and does not happen anywhere else in the world, democracy or non-democracy,” he added.

“There is consent, there is mandate and there is restraint and there is sustainable continuity. It is remarkable. You leave it, you can never come back.”

PM Lee, who is secretary-general of the ruling PAP, said in an interview with the Singapore media at the Istana that this state of affairs has been the envy of other leaders.

At its core, the system is built on good politics, which has allowed a good government to get elected so it can implement good policies to benefit the people, he said.

“When voters go to the polls again, they can give their vote to the same good government that serves them. Then this virtuous (circle) can continue,” said PM Lee in the interviews conducted in English and Mandarin.

Over time, the system has allowed the Government to plan long-term and deliver outstanding results for Singapore in economic growth and many other aspects of life, said PM Lee.

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“People ask how does politics work in Singapore? So I explain to them, they look at me, they think I am a man from Mars. They cannot imagine anything like this happening in their country,” he said, citing the tripartite relationship between the Government, unions and businesses as an example.
But for the system to keep on working, it is crucial that voters understand where their interests lie and vote for the government that can best serve them, said PM Lee.
He warned that the system can become distorted when voters want the PAP to govern, but also want more opposition MPs to check and question the Government.

“You may think that you can get a better outcome this way, but in fact, it will weaken the Government’s ability to serve you,” he said.

More time will be spent on dealing with politics, which is the case now because “you must win the politics, otherwise the policies cannot run”, said PM Lee.

With more opposition MPs in Parliament now – eight from the Workers’ Party and two from the Progress Singapore Party – debates have become more intense.
PM Lee said the quality of debate has improved, as the opposition MPs come with prepared positions and are coordinated.

But it is not clear if this has helped people better understand issues or improved policies, he added.

On non-contentious issues, the opposition has contributed good ideas, but many other important issues inherently carry some political colour, and provide a strong incentive for the opposition to use them to score points against the Government, he said. On such issues, it is difficult to achieve an objective and constructive debate, he added.

“If you help the Government to govern better and the Government says, thank you, I will do it, and the result is better, then you are making it harder for yourself to get elected the next time,” he said.
“So the premium is on showing up what the shortcomings are.”
This would have a detrimental effect.

“I think that if the trend continues over the long term, or even the not-so-long term, it will certainly affect our political system, our Government, or even our policies. This will be a different path for Singapore. This is a completely plausible danger for Singapore, and Singaporeans do not always understand this,” said PM Lee.

He described a possible freak election in which people end up voting for Team B because they assume everyone else will be voting for Team A, which they in fact want as the government.

“Just move a little bit further along the slope. No harm, nothing will happen. Life will carry on, PAP will look after you. We will be even stronger checking the PAP and speaking up for you. Marvellous. Have your cake and eat it twice. But is it so safe?”

Another scenario that could happen is a weakened Team A over time, which will be unable to provide the quality of government that people deserve, even though Team B is still not ready to replace it.

“Think about it – look at the opposition line-up now. Are you confident you can form half a Cabinet? Everyone has done the assessment, and everyone knows it is absolutely impossible. The opposition also knows it is absolutely impossible,” he said.

Either of these two scenarios could be disastrous for Singapore, said PM Lee. “At some point, the political system will malfunction. It is a risk,” he added.
For now, the opposition is “doing their best to act as a watchdog”, hoping that Singaporeans will think that they will make the Government more transparent and improve policies, or even dilute less popular policies, said PM Lee.

“I think in this aspect they are doing their best. But as to whether they can really raise the standards of policies, I have my views,” he added.
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Theoretically, it is possible to have a situation where the ruling party and the opposition are largely on par in terms of abilities, said PM Lee.
“It is not just the men in white who can do it. The opposition has its own definition. It wants to have more opposition MPs, and to them this is the way to achieve better politics; they want to replace the PAP,” he said.

“We can reach this point. But this is not the situation today.”
For now, there is just not enough talent to go around, he noted.

“If there are talents everywhere, and we have a Team A that is Manchester United, and a Team B that is Liverpool, then this may be a feasible approach. But we only have one team, and it is already very difficult to form one team,” he said.

“Today, the team that the PAP offers, the quality of government we provide, I do not believe that the opposition can do it. In fact, they definitely cannot do it.”
Admitting that the opposition will have a different view, PM Lee said that in an electoral system, each party’s mission must be to form the government one day.
The PAP will continue to strive to win every election, he added.

“We will try very hard as a PAP to make sure that we continue to win the people’s mandate and to hold the position, in a different way with a different generation,” he said.

On the general election due by November 2025, PM Lee said: “We will try our best to deserve that cross against the right logo, and we will fight hard to persuade people to do that.”

Later on, when asked if he thinks he will see a non-PAP government one day, PM Lee said it could happen in 20 years.

“It can happen if the PAP has let the people down, and the opposition has become stronger and better and offers a better alternative,” he said.

“Well, in that situation I say, I am sad for the PAP, but for Singapore, go for the opposition, vote (for) the better team (to) take care of the country... and may you succeed.”



he trying to protect the mass fortune amassed by PAP elites and their cronies lah


simi best interests for Singapore is secondary to amassing perso al wealth by PAP people


It is always easier to do celebrations and perform Heng Ong Huat la cheers to 99.999999% Sinki...nothing new


Alfrescian (Inf)

This kind of trash can hardly be considered as 'rare'... it is found in most tinpot regimes. :wink:




That why we need GoodnHands as MM, right?

Singapore Is Asia’s Wealthiest Nation. Can It Stay That Way?​

In this Bloomberg Originals mini-documentary, we explain how the new prime minister will face more than a few challenges to keep the city-state on top.


By David Rovella
May 11, 2024 at 5:17 AM GMT+8
It’s been independent for just under 60 years and is smaller than New York City. But make no mistake, Singapore is very much in the big leagues when it comes to money. The ascendant financial hub at the crossroads of global trade has in a relatively short period of time (as far as history is concerned) transformed itself from a colonial trading port to the wealthiest nation in Asia—and one of the richest in the world.

In the Bloomberg Originals mini-documentary How Singapore Got Rich, and Can It Last, we explain how this tiny island outpost moved deliberately from manufacturing powerhouse to financial services giant and now tourism and tech. In the process, it’s managed to boost its per capita GDP far above the UK, France and even the US.

But as a new prime minister takes power for the first time in 20 years, clouds are forming on the horizon. The question now is how does Singapore maintain its winning streak.
Have a confidential tip for our reporters?


Sinki badly need new MM Lee World Class Best wisdom to Fix all Sinki Jiak Liao Bee attitude and not hungry enough for success vs Vietnam or Jiuhu, Right Boss John?

As Singaporeans tire of rat race, incoming PM reimagines ‘Singapore Dream’​

Prime Minister-in-waiting Lawrence Wong says residents are looking for more out of life than material success.
Singapore is one of the richest countries on earth [Roslan Rahman/AFP]
By Toh Ee Ming
Published On 9 May 20249 May 2024

Singapore – For three decades, Singaporean corporate lawyer Gerald Yeo* chased the so-called Singapore Dream.

He climbed the ranks to become general counsel, managing a team of lawyers on a six-figure monthly salary.

Sometimes he would rack up 20 hours at work handling calls with clients and colleagues in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

When COVID-19 forced employees to start working from home, Yeo put in even more face-time online – until he suffered burnout and swapped the rat race for retirement in early 2021.

These days, Yeo volunteers with the elderly, dabbles in photography and indulges his love of travel, with jaunts that have taken him to the North Pole and Africa to spot gorillas.

“In Singapore, it’s drilled into our minds to pursue excellence, and you can’t slack off …We are always ‘on’. You have the mindset that you’re serving the corporation but without knowing, you slip into doing too much,” Yeo, who is in his 50s, told Al Jazeera.



May 11th, 2024, 5:00 AM GMT+0800

Singapore has transformed itself from a colonial trading port to a buzzing financial center in just a matter of decades.

It’s been held up as an example of how small countries can seek a pathway to rapid growth and development.

So what’s the city-state’s formula for success? And as Lawrence Wong takes over from Lee Hsien Loong as prime minister, what must he do to maintain it? (Source: Bloomberg)


After 20 years led by him, sinkies life become better of harder?
I feel during LKY times, our lives are happier and less stressful, no CECA Indians stealing our rice bowls.
We are already in the direction of karoshi (death by overwork) .:biggrin:


Nowadays I notice even EP ,PR change n found job easily compare to locals, soon it will be too late to vote against those 70% better wakeup, think they hv friends in HR ,from same kampong


We are already in the direction of karoshi (death by overwork) .:biggrin:
It is a unavoidable ending that fit for coolie genes, while parasite continue to leech ha Leech ha and huat big big de woh

It is a perfect system in beautiful synchronization

Please dun lock the Boat