Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew has joined in the debate to debunk proposals put forth by opposition parties in its manifesto ahead of the General Election.
Speaking at his Tanjong Pagar constituency's Chinese New Year dinner on Friday, Mr Lee said People's Action Party (PAP) ministers were right to challenge the ideas. Otherwise, he said, some people might be misled into believing that these are possible solutions for Singapore.
The Workers' Party, supported by the Singapore Democratic Alliance, proposed "give-aways" in the form of subsidies to the unemployed, disadvantaged and the sick, he said.
And to pay for these, they want to abolish the Elected Presidency so that the country's reserves can be used. They also want to abolish Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs) and have all single constituencies, so that more opposition candidates can win. But to win the elections, Mr Lee said other parties must do what the PAP does — get good men to join them and craft better policies than the ruling party.
"There is no simple way to win. To win you must find good people, who will over time convince voters that they will do better or at least as well as the PAP. Then they will stand a chance," he said.
Turning to education, Mr Lee said the Ministry would promote Chinese as a conversational language for non-Chinese students in more schools. This comes after some Indian and Malay parents said their children wanted to learn Mandarin but not take it as an examination subject. Likewise, Malay will also be offered as a conversational language for non-Malay students.
— Channel NewsAsia
11 Feb 2006
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