Netizens: ‘Quiet’ WP is just PAP in blue shirts
Posted by temasektimes on July 17, 2012
Even the parliamentary sittings last week were dominated by PAP backbenchers who were many times more vocal than WP MPs who offered no opposition or alternatives to the existing policies.
One irate netizen ‘jayjay07’ posted on Hardwarezone forum:
“Is WP making use of public discontent with PAP to help them gain grounds??”
He described the Workers Party as simply the ‘PAP in blue shirts’ as there are few differences between the two.
Some other comments from forumers:
“Yes they won partly because people are discontent with pap, but this is not the only reason why they won.. because the other oppositions never win..” – newjoy
“They haven’t managed to find anyone else’s work to copy yet that’s why so quiet.” – wMulew
“WP is a ‘Wayang Party’ which does nothing but ‘wayang’ in parliament. Its MPs are an absolute DISGRACE!” – stainless
The presence of 6 WP MPs in parliament has often be highlighted by PAP leaders to masquerade Singapore as a ‘democracy’ to the outside world.
In Russia, there are a dozen small ‘opposition’ parties aligned to President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia Party whose MPs do not check on the government other than to offer a veneer of legitimacy to the ruling party. Even Communist China has eight approved ‘opposition’ parties in the National People’s Congress to offer ‘alternative’ ideas and policies.
An ‘opposition’ party which does not oppose is the single biggest threat to the progress of democracy as it hinders the growth a genuine opposition by offering voters a Hobson’s choice.
It is not the QUANTITY of opposition MPs which matter but the QUALITY. One Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam was enough to make the entire PAP sit up and listen to him in parliament in the 1980s, but now few will even notice the ‘increase’ in the number of WP MPs due to their conspicuous SILENCE.