NUS lecturer in political science proposes two-man GRC team
Posted by temasektimes on September 10, 2012
A few days after the ruling party hosted a forum to discuss Malay affairs in Singapore, the Singapore Democratic Party held a four-hour long public forum “The future of Singapore: Do Malays have a part?” at Bras Basah on Saturday afternoon.
One of the speakers to grace the event is Walid Jumblatt, lecturer at the National University’s political science department who proposed changing the current Group Representation Constituency (GRC) system that has between three to six political leaders to a two-member GRC team.
Without stating names, Jumblatt said that there is “disrespect” among some Malays for their leaders because they did not personally chose that minority leader to lead them.
He argued that by providing a bigger role a minority candidate would play in determining the success of winning the elections with a two member team, political parties would also be forced to screen their candidates more carefully and field only the best candidate.
Besides Jumblatt, other speakers who speak at the event included Maarof Salleh, also former senior visiting research fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS); Abdul Halim bin Kader, a former senior civil servant at theImmigration Department of Singapore, and a People’s Action Party campaign manager for five past elections; and SDP’s chairman Jufrie Mahmood.