There seems to be some silence now on the 4 'time-bombs' issue. Probably because the PAP is kind enough to give the opposition a break. It is probably not due the small matter of fanatical irrational angry opposition supporters calling a morning radio current affairs talk show repeatedly to express their views on this matter. Of course, the majority of Singaporeans support the PAP govt on all the 4 poison time-bomb issues. With the help of Straits Times, we can see how poisonous those ideas are. Among them the idea to banish GRC is the most dangerous idea from the Worker's Party. The GRCs is created for the good of Singaporeans and to promote racial harmony:
1. Give minorities representation in Parliament. Although in the past candidates of minority races, say JBJ, E W Baker, Devan Nair, David Marshal...etc were elected to parliament in single wards, the PAP does not want to take it for granted that this will continue to happen. Despite the PAP's success in promoting greater racial harmony over the years, nothing should be left to chance. It is dangerous to eliminate the GRCs. Malaysians are definitely living dangerously without a GRC system to protect their racial harmony. I'm surprised so many countries use other means like proportional representation setting aside a number of seats proportional to the minority population in the country...instead of the superior idea of GRCs. While the minority representation has actually declined since GRCs were introduced, one can always apply the standard PAP argument that it would have been worse without the GRC.
2. GRC getting bigger and bigger. One might think that limiting the GRC size to 3-4 MPs would be best to maintain minority representation, but these days we have GRC size of 6. But this is probably done for the good of Singaporeans, so they have more MPs to serve them. Although I don't have the mental capacity to remember all their names and have never met any of them, I guess I'm probably an exception. Since I have never voted, sometimes I don't even know which GRC my block belongs to because the GRC boundaries keep changing.
3. GRC is a uniquely Singapore Idea. Singaporeans should be proud of this innovation. You see when you decide on an individual, you are able to figure out his values, plans and quality of his character. But for a team? Most people don't bother. Just like those bundled packaged deals that Singaporean shoppers love so much, you just can't figure how much each item is worth....but you buy it anyway because everyone else seems to be doing the same.
Singaporeans are so lucky to have GRCs, they get to vote for a team instead individuals.