Get rid of political parties

I wish to discuss a system of electing community leaders and law makers that is not based on political parties.

I shall refer to them as community leaders, and use the term to include the law makers, i.e. the people who pass the law in the national parliament.

I wish to avoid using the term “politician”. I wish to get away from the concept of fighting for “political power”. I prefer to focus on the concept of leading and serving the community.

What is wrong with electing politicians based on political parties? In my view, this is the source of political corruption. Under this system, a group of people get together in a political party and fight to gain political power.

They pass the laws and appoint the government ministers to run ministries with large budgets. They have the opportunity to enrich themselves through corrupt means.

If they are not elected through a political party, how can they be elected?

In my view, they should be elected base on their personal qualities. The candidates are likely to be people who have a track record in serving the community.

This person could be a doctor, lawyer, business owner or public servant who is known in the community.

Being elected on his (or her) own merit, and not through a political party, his behavior and actions are likely to be made in the interest of the public good. He does not have to make deals with the party leaders to remain selected on the party slate.

What is the motivation of the people who come forward to stand for election as community leader? The key motivation should be a willingness to serve the community and the public recognition that come with the office.

Should this community leader serve in a full time capacity? We can provide an option. If it is a full time service, it should come with a compensation that is adequate to sustain the family.

It can also be a part time service where the community leader can appoint an assistant (who is paid from public funds) to do the full time work.

I now come to the question of who has the power to vote. In most countries a citizen above the specified voting age has the right to vote. This voting age could be 21 years or 18 years.

I prefer a system where the voting age is raised to a higher age, for example 35 years. Being older, the voter is likely to be more aware about the needs of the community and the people who are standing up for election as community leaders.

There is no need to give young people the right to vote at an early age. In most cases, the are not familiar with the needs of the community and to make a right choice.

There is no harm to ask them to wait until they reach an older age. Everybody will get the chance to vote but they have to wait until they are older.

Even if the voting age is raised to 35 years, there will be more than a million voters in a country like Singapore. This number is large enough to form an acceptable base for the election of the community leaders.

Is there a danger that the needs of young people will be neglected when the voting age is raised? I do not think so.

I am sure that the elected community leaders will exercise their decisions based on the needs of people of all age groups, rather than of the older people. They are likely to have children and young adults in their households.

What about voters who are uneducated or too frail to vote? I think they should be given the option not to vote. Most of them are probably not interested to vote anyway.

Voting should be voluntary and not compulsory. There is no point in forcing a person to vote when they are not interested to exercise this right.

Is there a risk that some voters might be bribed or enticed financially to vote for certain candidates? I believe that this risk is minimized when the candidates are being elected on their personal merit and through a political party.

What about the election of ministers, the prime minister or the president with executive power?

I prefer that these office bearers should be elected by the community leaders, or the law makers. These elected leaders are probably more qualified to know who should be elected into these officers.

These office bearers do not need to come from the pool of elected community leaders. They can come from outside. However, they have to be selected by a panel of community leaders and approved by the general body.

I now address the issue of an elected community leader who serves full time for a term and is subsequently not re-elected. As he has given up a full time job, it may be difficult to get back into the old job.

We need to take care of the financial needs of their family, so that people are willing to come forward to serve as full time community leaders.

One way is to reserve public sector jobs for these ex-community leaders at least for a term of two to four years. This will give them the chance to re-transition to a job in the private sector.

I have written this essay to present an alternative approach towards governing a country. My alternative approach is to replace “party politics” with the concept of “serving the community”.

I hope that you like this idea.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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26 Responses to “Get rid of political parties”

  • Charlie:

    TLK you better talk to yourself at home . . . you are losing it!!!

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  • NotMyProblem:

    All we need is to abolish GRC. The elected MPs will work for the people who elected him. In the event that he failed, the opposing person would be elected the next time.

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  • pap is now oppo in Spore:

    what a piece of cock sheet.

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  • What's the point:

    @TKL. You are more & more like some market/coffeeshop uncles talking loudly that don’t & can’t effectuate any change. Uncle Tan, keep writing only on the best part of your piece, which is: “I call them insane ministers, because i don’t want to call them idiots!”

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  • oxygen:

    I READ THE HEADLINE and goes straight to comment section – stupid writing.

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  • Great Asia:

    Socialism with Singapore characteristics?

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Great Asia:

    All democracies will encounter failure.

    Only shallow angmoh worshipping bananas think democracy is the end-of-evolution best system.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Great Asia:

    Tan Kin Lian,

    Your shallow idea will end up having the same problems of a democratic system with multiple political parties.

    So, you kong like bo kong – kong seow.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • C wong:

    Whatever it is the sys must be tweaked. How about term length based on how many votes party gets. If less than 55% then it’s term should be 3yrs. More than 65% ,5yrs. And a scale for anything in between. Logical and fair

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  • guru:

    Mr.Tan,
    Are you suffering from dementia???? This is a democratic process of electing political leaders and not community leaders. I hope you know the diff.

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  • EducatedIdiots:

    You are still electing a particular group which suits your point of world view or qualified by good people. Following your idea, anything goes too depending who is more influential. Same idea could even give birth to a single party rule. Your idea could even hatch the next community party or communist party.

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  • Bianco:

    TKL,
    As disclosed in your previous post you are seemingly so pro-communist. I think you are covertly trying to promote the communist way of governing.
    Anyone who cannot see the cruelty and inhuman practices of the communist is as good as them.

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  • Yoda:

    What is the difference? It is just a single member
    “political party”! Because what they do is POLITICS!!

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  • TUMASIK Patriot:

    Tan Ahhhhh! why the long-winded post…do a Lie Con You…when JBJ won Anson…The Lie @2am in the morning suggested sheeple with better Education(or CONnection) gets 2 VOTES and the Lower Mortals & Lesser Educated gets 1 vote …(better still deny them from voting)

    Understand where you are coming from Tan Ahhhhh!!!!…sell your stocks – assets – take your Fortune and seek out a place where you can be “village chief”

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  • RDB:

    TKL,

    You did not give a few suggestions to guide as people may not know how to go about your idea in the best way.

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  • xoxo:

    No need.
    Just GET RID OF PAPpee???
    No shit man!

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  • Alternatives should be 1:

    While many alternatives can be created to rival PAP, logically , only 1 will succeed.

    Another logic to note :
    1. Opposition voter base as long as divided will lead to PAP win.

    Therefore, in this situation, ONLY 1 united Alternative stand a chance .

    2. How can various leadership styles among Alternatives be United?
    Their mentality must be to Replace PAP as ruling party and not so much personal preference.

    They need to harness the power of synergy and appreciate the virtues of each party’s vision and manifestos.

    Interactions and discussions and debates and feedback from the voters will derive the combined manifesto or the preferred manifesto.

    Individual desire is useless without support from voters. This is why the leader of Alternatives must have the trust and confidence from all alternative parties.

    If this cannot be achieved , the enemy may create cracks. We do not want a Malaysia boleh situation that is not sustainable.

    In conclusion, while many alternatives exist, there can only be one alternative to replace PAP.
    Therefore , the best ideas must be concluded from all alternatives to derive the ultimate alternative which can only be 1.

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  • Dun Bluff Mi U Tink I 2pid?:

    Not sure if your idea works TKL.. Appreciate your idea though.

    Can you have better ideas to help the Oppos to win more seats? GRC or SMC also can.

    It is because of you and TJS that’s why the Doc has to come out for this GE2020. If not we would not have a Milo president already.

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  • Bad Boy:

    And living in China very good ?

    How come dont talk about flood ?

    丈夫当街暴打妻子 一记抱摔引发惊呼
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=h-MremR-P6I

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  • Bad Boy:

    女老板30个仓库被洪水淹没损失2千万 哭喊一番话令人心疼
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FJO8Gh_75jc

    And its not 50 years once flood, 1998 also happen before. Less than 25 years. Another excuse like meddling into HK.

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  • change the present system:

    Better to change the present system.
    Abolish the GRC system…All SMC.
    Every MP should fight on his own and enter Parliament on their own strength and merit…
    No need to depend on others to get in…
    Will ensure the best team in Parliament…

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  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    No lah voters should be allowed to vote at age 18 – the age of NS conscription.

    What difference dows it make? Someone still has to take charge. Use different term also don’t change things.

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  • Social Engineering:

    Tan Kin Lian and Tan Jee Say learnt why vote splitting helps Tony.

    It costed us the Elected Presidency.

    Let there be no more ignorance that to compete with PAP, only a one to one will work.

    Had TKL and TJS shown support behind TCB, we would now have a non PAP president .

    Singaporeans are just learning the fundamentals of democracy despite 60 years have passed.

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  • Observer:

    Are you thinking of the US Electoral College system, where people vote for the panel of experts, who then decide where to cast their votes?

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  • hopelesspap:

    https://malaysia.news.yahoo.cpom/hishammuddin-green-lane-commuting-deal-065818872.html

    What bloody GARBAGE is this ???

    200,000 singkies cross the border daily to work in Malaysia ???

    What job is there ?
    RUBBER TAPPER ??

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  • hopelesspap:

    YOU MEANT SG WILL COLLAPSE WITHOUT MY CITIZENS.

    ALL F&B WILL DIE AND CLOSE SHOP WITH NO CHEAP LABOR ???

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