Scathing evaluation of PAP performance

Posted on 29 November 2011

MP Inderjit Singh identifies crucial mistakes made by PAP at party convention.

Soul searching.

That was what the PAP was in for during Sunday’s party convention held at the National University of Singapore’s University Cultural Centre.

In his speech addressing 1,600 white-clad members, fourth-term Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Inderjit Singh stuck it to his pay masters and he meant business.

He said the party’s activists needed to have more say in governance from now on.

It can no longer be the case for policy-making to be driven by civil servants.

Legislative Bills cannot be presented with limited possibility of changes by MPs, while policy forums should be used to improve policy and not merely explain them.

From the start, people should be involved in policy formulation, he insisted.

The crucial mistakes the PAP made included the growth-at-all-cost policy, which was lacking in political judgement, he also said.

One of the problems is that the PAP leadership “got carried away” as policies implemented did not improve lives of Singaporeans.

Not only that, housing and foreign talent issues were mishandled. To make matters worse, the call for elections at a misjudged time only aggravated the problem as voter sentiment was already not sweet.

He also reasoned that voters perceived the government to be in a state of denial for substantiating its case with statistics that housing was sufficient and affordable.

Education minister Heng Swee Keat also emphasised the need for bottom-up constructive suggestions in the future, adding to the list of criticisms.

This is a 60-second reduction of the original article published in The Straits Times on Nov. 28.

Prior to Sunday’s sombre atmosphere, the PAP were in congratulatory mood on Saturday. Read about it here.

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