Tuesday, April 19, 2011
The full version of the manifesto found here : :Link
As a voter, you should read the manifesto in full and compare it with WP's manifesto to make a decision.
The PAP Vision:
"You can count on the PAP to do
the best for Singaporeans from all
walks of life, and to keep us united
through good times and bad.
Together, we will make Singapore
a vibrant and inclusive society, with
opportunities for a better life for
each and every citizen. We will be
a city for the young and old."
On the surface it looks like an acceptable rather vague& broad general vision but there is something very subtle that is embedded in it - see if you can spot it. It says it aims to provide "opportunities for a better life for each and every citizen" as opposed to making life better for each and every citizen. This statement in the vision tells us that the underlying belief in the PAP that it is sufficient just to provide "social mobility"/opportunities rather narrowing the income gap or mitigate the effects of the income gap to elevate everyone to a "better life". You have some chance for a better life but if you don't make it, your life won't be better. This is a huge downgrade from the Swiss standard living we once look forward to and....what will happen to ideas that will improve the lives of all Singaporeans such as universal healthcare, decent retirement for all, worldclass public transport (not sardine cans), and better public housing? In fact, where solutions are cited in the manifesto, they are what the PAP has been doing in the past decades e.g. retraining of low income workers from one low income job to another etc. When the same solutions are used, we will only get the same results - widening income gap, rising cost of living and a deteriorating quality of life.
The PAP must be very confident to present such a manifesto without new ideas to a populace waiting not so patiently for solutions to the serious problems and challenges they face.
Posting Time 3:52 PM
Posted by Lucky Tan