Pritam Singh admits WP is ‘timid’: I have seen what the PAP can do to those who adopt an ‘aggressive’ stance
Posted by temasektimes on September 4, 2012
He might appear to be very brave, vocal and loud during the recent Hougang by-election rallies which earn him labels such as the ‘attack dog’ and ‘loudspeaker MP’ of the elected ‘opposition’ Workers Party, but Pritam Singh is actually living in fear of offending the ruling party, as he revealed unwittingly on his Facebook.
The Workers Party’s pathetic performance in parliament so far has sparked a massive outcry among Singaporeans, including Jack Lam who lampooned Pritam Singh on his Facebook:
“I am disappointed with WP MP’s performance in the parliament as well as online engagement. WP is too timid.”
In a Freudian slip, Pritam Singh revealed unwittingly that he concurred that WP is timid:
“Don’t mistake timidity for inaction. With more experience, we hope to get better. That may not be enough for you, but I have seen how the government has dealt with those who choose a more aggressive path.”
[Source: Pritam Singh’s Facebook]
Instead of focusing on important issues close to the hearts of Singaporeans such as the rising cost of living, influx of foreigners and sky-rocketing property prices, WP MPs had been wasting precious time in parliament on frivolous matters like PSLE textbooks and overseas voting which few people are bothered about.
The cowardice displayed by WP MPs not only peeved off many opposition supporters, but also led some to believe that they are the PAP’s ‘B’ team to help it preserve its power in the event of a freak election as revealed by Pritam Singh right after the General Election last year at a NUS forum during which he broached the idea of WP forming a coalition government with the PAP:
“If the PAP fails to win a majority in the next election, the Workers Party will form a coalition government with it (to keep it in power)”
Despite the furore it triggered, WP Chief Low Thia Kiang refused to refute or clarify the statement made by Pritam Singh leading some to suspect if he is really fighting for the opposition cause.