"I was finance minister for 8 years. Although I'm in Opposition I will never do something to harm the economy"- Anwar
Opposition members all other the world are more or less the same, they are out to cause trouble.
A number of states in Malaysia that have fallen into Opposition hands now want to implement an FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) which allows ordinary citizens to obtain any kind of information so long as it does not compromise national security. If such an act is good, the world class Singapore Govt would have implemented it already, no need to wait for the Opposition to do it. The Singapore govt doesn't implement the FOIA because it does not want to burden ordinary citizens with the extra information. The PAP will decide and filter the information so that only good quality information reaches the people. If necessary the PAP will do the necessary pre-processing to ensure that the information does not upset us. Take the employment report released by the MoM. It does not give the unemployment figurs for Singaporeans anymore instead it releases "employment level" and "unemployment among residents". As a Singaporeans, I know the unemployment rate of Americans, Malaysians, Indians but I don't know the unemployment rate among my fellow Singaporeans. Isn't that great? If we have a FOIA, a reporter can just go to the MoM and ask for the figures for publication...how is the PAP govt going to secure our happiness if they cannot control the information we receive?
The Malaysian Opposition is taking a step backwards by implementing the FOIA.
"We warn the BN not to pursue a regressive policy of punishment for voters of the Opposition by freezing development" - Anwar
Oh come on!!! There is nothing regressive about punishing Oppositon voters by taking away funds for development. This idea of linking votes to development or upgrading is definitely a progressive one. The PAP only started doing in it 1990s. The PAP is a govt of the highest integrity and works for the good of the people. It is for their own good not to vote for the opposition and linking votes to upgrading will help them to do what is good for themselves. I would call that progress.
The opposition is now pressuring the Malaysian govt to stop cutting subsidy for fuel and necessities. I guess without those cuts, the Malaysian govt won't be accumulating enough reserves to buy stakes in American banks and regional telcos. Singaporeans on the other hand get to own a piece of Citibank and UBS and this is something we can be proud of. Our govt is now implementing means testing so that it can give you less subsidy when you're sick. We, Singaporeans (including those who are sick) , can look forward to many more billion$ spent on financially challenged banks.