Oops! I thought Democracy was invented by the West?! Guess there are other forms of Democracy such as ours which is non-Western although the it was the British that left us this Democratic Parliamentary system.
Definitely a liberal Democratic system will NOT work well in Singapore for next 20 years although it is implemented and working well in numerous other countries. Our nation is unique in the strong rapport between the govt and the people. The people understand that the PAP works primarily for the good of the ordinary citizens, although it seems otherwise sometimes, one just need to ponder a little longer and read the Straits Times more thoroughly to see this.
I urge Singaporeans not to be swayed by external influence that tells us otherwise. ...such as the outgoing US Ambassador to Singapore. I mean the US envoy behaves strangely, he was asked by our Singapore police if he wanted to press charges against 6 anti-Iraq war demonstrators and he said no, doesn't he feel that these people are causing embarassment to the Bush Administration?! We should not allow the same to happen to our leaders who command the highest respect from everyone.
--------------[LatelineNews 2005-10-06] SINGAPORE - Singapore will not adopt a Western liberal democracy with a multi-party system during the next 20 years, its prime minister said on Thursday.
The wealthy island at the southern tip of the Malaysian peninsula has been dominated by the People's Action Party of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong -- the son of founding father Lee Kuan Yew -- since independence in 1965. Only two of the 84 elected politicians in parliament are from the opposition.
When asked at a Foreign Correspondents Association lunch whether he expected Singapore to turn into a democracy in 20 years where parties compete for votes, Lee said: "I don't think that's likely to happen."
"I think in 20 years our society will change. I think the politics of it will change. But I do not see a Western model...as the target we want to aim for."
"We do not see (a Western democracy) as a model which would work well in Singapore. We have worked a system where there is parliamentary democracy, there are free elections and the electorate has given their confidence overwhelmingly to one party."
Singapore is a parliamentary republic and elections are held at regular, constitutionally mandated intervals, and some expect one in 2005 although it is not due until 2007. In the 2001 poll, Lee's predecessor Goh Chok Tong won 75 percent of the vote.
Opposition politicians have long complained the system is stacked against them and that frequent defamation suits by PAP officials stifles dissent. Opposition politician Joshua Jeyaretnam was bankrupted by libel suits brought by PAP leaders.
Lee, 53, took over from Goh last year after 14 years in office. Goh had taken over from Lee Kuan Yew, who founded the PAP and led Singapore as prime minister for 31 years.