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Opposition parties seek to strengthen parliamentary presence

I refer to The Independent Singapore’s SG Politics column, “Opposition parties seek to strengthen parliamentary presence” (Nov 29, 2023).

As we know, Singapore political scene has been firmly dominated by the PAP since 1959. Thus, the opposition parties in Singapore have to face and withstand many challenges ahead amid of the dynamic influences of the geopolitical situation.

Let me summarize them briefly:

If the opposition party is unable to attract a group of young, promising and capable professionals who have good character, right moral values and integrity to join their team for their self-renewal and put forward constructive and far-sighted political opinions, it will be difficult to compete with the PAP's strong teams of well-trained professional elites who are broadly equipped with extensive working experience and exposure in the multinational companies.

If the respective opposition parties wish to effectively attract talents with expertise in various aspects, the opposition must regularly organize political symposiums or forums and broadcast them on their party websites, party newspapers, or try their best to gain opportunities to give special speeches at various universities and professional bodies to better explain the policies of their respective parties in order to persuade and lobby people of insight to join their team.

Certain vital but sensitive information and data are apparently and also not readily available or accessible to the opposition parties. For examples, (a) the existing accumulation of national reserves, (b) the detailed breakdown of construction costs for the respective types of HDB flats.

This makes it difficult and superficial for the opposition in making their policies with substantiated references.

The redrawing of electoral boundaries has challenged the principle of equality and placed the entire opposition in the position of disadvantage. For example, an opposition party had put in its robust efforts to serve in a particular constituency in order to lobbying their votes before and during the election, but its efforts could be completely gone into the drain once it was resolved and absorbed into a Group Representation Constituency.

So far, the number of opposition parties is still more than four. Moreover, the respective opposition parties rarely communicate and interact with each other during non-campaigning periods. Therefore, even when the election is about to come, they then begin to respond, communicate and synergise with each other, giving voters a feeling of burning the midnight oil at the last hour.

Moreover, the opposition parties are unable to step outside of their traditional box (or to think out of the box) and form a breakthrough cross-party alliance (WP, PSP and SDP still be independent). Only a strong cross-party alliance can effectively pool each other's resources, talents and connections so as to better utilize collective wisdom and strength to strive for better election results.

Finally, the respective opposition parties should try to avoid negative news being exposed and reported.

For example, in the past, there were news reports about opposition candidates got involved in corruption, cheating, misconduct, sexual harassment, extramarital affairs and other illegal activities. Therefore, the leaders of the opposition parties must be particularly cautious when selecting candidates. In short, they should prioritize and safeguard the qualities of candidates (honesty, integrity and
trustworthiness).

 

Teo Kueh Liang (Mr)

 

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15 Responses to “Opposition parties seek to strengthen parliamentary presence”

  • Harder Truths:

    Whom do you have in mind?

    The ballsless grovelling buddies of the Regime? The ones who run to the Regime crying “save us, have mercy on us” for mRNA jabs when they were told rubbish and who have no thinking ability, wanting to be ‘co-drivers’? How about the latest group – the fornicators? Why not our very own CCP representative TKL?

    The real opposition left in disgust a long time ago – in 2011 in fact – when they were betrayed by the large majority of the ballsless. The real fighters who can make a difference are not going to waste their lives being a sacrificial goat for some ungrateful people who will stab them in the back the first chance they get.

    $inkies have not learnt – and never will – that a nation is built on solidarity. The only solidarity that we have is the Regime and the FT who look after their own people. That is why they will win. And that is why $tupid $inkie $heeple will become extinct.

    It is that simple.

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  • 马毅辣:

    孟子说团结就是力量。

    孟母说才三百多万人,却分成八,九个帮派,太危险了!

    孟兄说:人民最大党才是大家最好的选择。

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  • Talk so much:

    Who did you vote for during the last PE? The problem lies squarely on the voters. Sheepy voters follow their masters and blame the alternative parties.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Opposition has no contribution at all.

    As our ex PM Goh said: What can Opposition do for me?

    I had asked this question to many Opposition on the grounds and many just go diam diam diam (silence).

    Can all the Opposition party stop fake rich Singaporeans from stealing petrol in JB?

    Answer is no.

    JB petrol kiosks on ‘high alert’ for foreign vehicles pumping subsidised RON95 fuel
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/asia/jb-petrol-ron95-causeway-fuel-fine-singapore-malaysia-4056381

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  • Fake Indian:

    You are like a broken record player. Keep on playing the same lousy tune, again and again.

    Why don’t you ask that goh what he had done for you? Did he bring the Swiss standard of living for average Singaporeans? Did he get Soccer World cup for Singapore?

    Promises. Promises. Politician’s words, you swallow so much.

    Singaporean R Free Rider: Opposition has no contribution at all.

    As our ex PM Goh said: What can Opposition do for me?

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  • VFC:

    Opposition MPs will function well to be the people’s voice in Parliament & seek to balance the conduct of pappy govt to be compassionate & generate more policies that are palatable to the majority & not just be nice to the wealthy!

    Just do it this coming GE! VTO!

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  • SINGAROAR:

    The writer’s last paragraph applies also to the ruling party. The problem mainly lies with the voters who have been politically engineered in decades using education in schools. They are unable to even comprehend that all the goodies given out by the govt. are taxpayers’ monies. Some believe the govt. is helping them when the govt. is the culprit for runaway prices. They have never experienced good governance by a govt. who acts in the interest of its citizens so they keep voting in the PAP who in return brings in the third world to replace us and keeps removing our forests to build more public housing for the third world.Is it any surprise that we are the highest scammed nation in the world? It starts with our govt.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Fake Indian:
    You are like a broken record player. Keep on playing the same lousy tune, again and again.

    Why don’t you ask that goh what he had done for you? Did he bring the Swiss standard of living for average Singaporeans? Did he get Soccer World cup for Singapore?

    Promises. Promises. Politician’s words, you swallow so much.

    Opposition are the worst broken recorder. Always play NS for Singaporeans Jobs for FT but PAP still win hahahaha….

    Opposition who chant these lines must be charged for treason.
    And Singaporeans who keng NS must also be charged for treason.

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  • Fake Indian:

    And pappies who chant the same line get promoted.

    Stupid voters. That’s what LKY said. And he’s right.

    Singaporean R Free Rider: Opposition are the worst broken recorder. Always play NS for Singaporeans Jobs for FT but PAP still win hahahaha….

    Opposition who chant these lines must be charged for treason.
    And Singaporeans who keng NS must also be charged for treason.

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  • rice:

    Seriously,is WP or at least its in$talled OPPO LEEder part of the OPPOSITION calculus?
    O
    If oppo truly unite and form ONE SOLID ALLIANCE that WP refuses to be part of,then if such an Oppo comes to AJ,they have my vote.
    If not, me abstains as no worthy party to occupy my time queuing at the poll station.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Fake Indian:
    And pappies who chant the same line get promoted.

    Stupid voters. That’s what LKY said. And he’s right.

    You are truly stupid.

    We chant different line. We chant “NSmen’s service for the nation cannot be measured in dollars and cents.”

    We PAP supporters had good and positive attitude as we believe we cannot rely on others to defend our country like stupid Zelensky who had wet dreams over U$/NATO will send their troops.

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  • VFC:

    What happen to the pappy leadershit!

    1)LTA U-TURN ON SIMPLYGO

    2)SIX MONTHS SILENCE:POLICE MUM ON RE-INVESTIGATION INTO OFFICER’S FINAL ALLEGATIONS
    https://gutzy.asia/2024/01/24/six-months-silent-police-mum-on-re-investigation-into-officers-final-allegations/

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  • Pappies:

    You pappies play with words and “con you”.

    Singaporean R Free Rider: You are truly stupid.

    We chant different line. We chant “NSmen’s service for the nation cannot be measured in dollars and cents.”

    We PAP supporters had good and positive attitude as we believe we cannot rely on others to defend our country like stupid Zelensky who had wet dreams over U$/NATO will send their troops.

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  • Light The Way:

    PAP supporters only cry when they see the coffin.

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  • rice:

    An Oppo Alliance led by former senior Parliamentarian,Dr Tan ,will surely be a concern for PAP.

    Frankly,without ALL OPPO PARTIES UNITING,we are likely going to see another “LPPL” GE.

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