Yaaaaaaaawn. I love elections - you will get to hear all kinds of
ST Jan 22, 2006
Govt warns of 'time bombs' in Workers' Party manifesto
It may claim ideas are like PAP's but WP has four 'dangerous and wrong'
proposals, says Ng Eng Hen
By Lydia Lim and Zakir Hussain
THE Government yesterday accused the Worker's Party of planting 'time bombs' that would destroy key pillars of Singapore's stability and success.
Manpower Minister Ng Eng Hen last night identified as 'dangerous and wrong' four proposals by the opposition party: to scrap grassroots organisations, ethnic integration policies and the elected presidency, and to raise subsidies.
Responding to the Workers' Party (WP) manifesto launched last weekend, he noted that the WP and the PAP were 'moving closer' in some respects. He reminded Singaporeans, however, about fundamental differences separating the two parties.
'On these four fundamental issues, PAP and WP are obviously taking different approaches,' said Dr Ng, who is the organising secretary (special duties) of the ruling People's Action Party (PAP).
'The four time bombs within WP's manifesto will weaken and tear Singapore apart,' he cautioned.
'This cohesive society that we have carefully nurtured and kept together for 40 years will be fractured. Racial harmony will be destroyed. Whether or not WP intends for this to happen, this will be the tragic result if they implement these ideas.'
Take for example the Elected Presidency. It may or may not be a good idea to scrap it. But how could scrapping it be a "time bomb" that would "destroy key pillars of Singapore's stability and success"?
From 1965 to 1997 (or thereabouts) Singapore had no Elected Presidency at all and those were in fact the best years of the nation's history.
Without me, this cohesive society that we have carefully nurtured and