OPINION: Is PM Lee's policies review exercise just a wayang to appease public discontent?:
FACED with rising public discontent, the government is launching a major review of major policies in an apparent effort to regain lost political ground. The reappraisal, the second in 10 years, comes four years before it is due to face another general election that many observers say could result in further setbacks for the governing party. So far, the public has greeted it with mixed emotions, with some dismissing it as a public relations exercise that will not really lead to any significant changes. Whether it will lead to real changes that Singaporeans want to see will be crucially important for the PAP’s — and Singapore’s — future. “If it treats it merely as a political gimmick, it will be counter-productive come elections.