18 Dec '11, 11pm

The Singapore government have become reactive

The Singapore government have become reactive

As we approach the year-end, several people have asked me for my assessment of change in the People’s Action Party (PAP) government in the six months since the general election. The PAP found its vote share reduced and in its aftermath, several ministers left the cabinet. Likewise, I have asked others for their views too, in the course of which I have come to realise that framing the question so broadly makes it difficult to answer. The government has responded (or not) in different ways on different issues, and it is hard to arrive at a single answer. On the other hand, to discuss issue by issue is to miss the wood for the trees. I reckon the various issues fall into three groups: (a) “bread-and-butter” issues, i.e. housing, transport, etc, (b) matters related to arrogance, elitism and style, (c) matters related to rights and liberties. I see certain similarities in the w...

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