You’ve been hearing PAP candidates, especially so those with Ministerial portfolios stepping up to question the integrity and feasibility of implementing the opposition’s manisfesto.
For those of us who aren’t updated with the manisfestos, I’d say, don’t just read from the news what the Ministers are saying because they will only address issues with which they can take a poke at. Under scrutiny especially is the Worker’s Party manifesto whereby the mainstream media (Straits Times and ChannelNews Asia) has tried to build interest in to deter the attention from the positivities of Worker’s Party manifesto.
Haven’t you tried to question yourself why the PAP candidates don’t try to talk about how good the other party’s manifesto are or perhaps how they’d like to try to implement certain portions of the candidates manifesto because they are good for Singaporeans.
Workers Party has suggested that any amendments to be made to the constitution should be sent to a Select Committee comprising of Members of Parliament from various political parties.
This is of course how changes to the constitution should be because it would then mean that the change would have been debated by various brains and minds before it can come to a middle point whereby all parties can agree on or live with.
Elections & Parliament
Workers Party proposes that the parliamentary elections not be organized by the Prime Minister’s Office. Instead, an independent election commission that reports directly to the Chief Justice should be implemented to ensure neutrality. The electoral boundaries should also be redrawn an independent election commission who will have to explain the reasons for the redrawing of the boundaries, open to public scrutiny.
What can I say? This is a no brainer. As long as parliamentary elections is organized by the Prime Minister’s Office and the electoral boundaries are redrawn by a committee selected by the Prime Minister said to be ‘independent’, it will always be biased towards the party that the Prime Minister supports.
Workers Party proposes for the Ministerial remunerations be benchmarked against political office of developed countries, taking into account the benefits and Ministers need to declare all their assets to the public, before, during and after office.
Whilst I agree with the latter’s suggestion to benchmark remunerations against political office of developed countries to ensure that our Ministers are not overpaid, I’m not comfortable to have Ministers to declare all assets. This would include personal assets and allows the public to scrutinize how poor or rich the Minister is. I would agree though that the Minister would need to declare the vested interests that they already have as this may have detrimental effects to society. They need to declare as how Civil Servants need to declare, but their’s need to be made public.
Abolish Internal Security Act. Public Order Act to be reviewed to allow peaceful demonstrations having been given permit by the Police, this of course after it is deemed to be of minimum disruption to traffic.
Need I say more on this? AGREED
WP proposes that the economic environment here be made more entrepreneurial amongst students, sending students on exchange programmes to learn more on it. They are also proposing that GLCs invest in SMEs to help them grow.
This is no doubt a good suggestion, especially that of the students to be made more entrepreneurial since most Singapore students eventually look for ‘safe’ job options. With regards to GLCs helping SMEs to grow, if GLCs are willing to do that, we’ll need GLCs that have the interest of local businesses and aren’t occupied with making money for themselves. GLCs which are of more of a social enterprise would perhaps address this issue.
Abolish the GRC. Community Clubs should provide amenities and services, disseminate information and gather feedback on government’s policies. CCs should be non-partisan and the management committee, elected by a localised election.
I agree that the GRC should be abolished. This then allows the committees in the individual CCs to work with any CCs they’d like to. Providing amenities and services is a no brainer MUST and I agree with the dissemination of information and gathering feedback on government’s policies. I also agree that CCs should be non-partisan and this can only be achieved if the Chairman of the People’s Association is not the Prime Minister. I like the idea of a localised election, it helps to get people involved in politics early on but how many people would be interested to partake.
Reduction of class sizes in primary and secondary to 20 students. Curriculum on National Education should be reviewed to incorporate lessons on constitutions, system of a parliamentary democracy and rights of being a citizen.
AGREE.AGREE.AGREE. As an educator myself, I’d prefer for class sizes to be reduced to 15 actually. National Education curriculum definitely needs to educate our young on the constitution and what a parliamentary democracy is. This ensures the young to be politically aware and involved. However, this subject might be boring but of course, with drama elements injected, this can no doubt be a fun subject to study.
Those are just some of the highlights of the Workers Party manifesto and wouldn’t you agree with me that there’s more good in there as compared to the one particular policy that PAP keeps harping on.
My thoughts on it is simple, PAP simply doesn’t want to address the rest of the issues that WP has address which will benefit Singaporeans in general but instead prefers to focus on the hot topic issue of public housing by calling bluff on WP’s public housing policy.
To read more on their manifesto, click here.