Lim Swee Say: I rather be voted out for doing the right things which are unpopular
Posted by temasektimes on July 18, 2012
PAP leaders are always doing the ‘right’ things for Singapore for the ‘long-term’ even if they are hugely unpopular with Singaporeans – that’s the public perception that the government and the state media have been painfully cultivating for a long time to force its hated policies down the throats of unsuspecting Singaporeans.
Minister in Prime Minister’s Office and Labor Chief Lim Swee Say propagated the myth again on Monday at the closing ceremony of the Asian Young Leaders Convention at River Valley High School where he reminded the audience that “putting the country’s interest first is more important than winning votes by pursuing populist policies.”
Mr Lim added that “leaders must have the courage and be far-sighted enough to introduce tough measures necessary to sustain a country’s progress.”
“I (would) rather be voted out for trying to do the right things which may be unpopular, than to be voted in by people for doing the wrong things,” he said.
The PAP government has introduced many ‘right’ but unpopular policies in recent years such as opening the floodgates to immigrants and Singaporeans have no choice but to accept them as they are ‘beneficial’ for the ‘long term’.