‘National Conversation’ is about managing public perception
Posted by temasektimes on September 13, 2012
This ‘national conversation’ is not about any conversation, and neither is about managing expectations as Lee Hsien Loong is now saying.
It is about managing perceptions.
This is about recovering the ground lost to the opposition at the last GE, and the PAP will be fully exploiting this opportunity to make it appear that it is they who are the true architects of any change that might result from this exercise.
(Side note: BTW, the Remaking Singapore report talks about re-drawing of electoral boundaries and why this practice should end!)
The people will then decide that the PAP is fully capable of making the change along the lines of what is good for them and what they want; there will then be no need for more opposition MPs.In the meantime, the PAP will be trying to convince Singaporeans after the ‘national conversation’ is over that real change is afoot, when it is only more likely that only cosmetic ones are.
However, it is those who support the WP’s inaction and deafening silences, while the PAP is appearing to be the only one making the political noises – I am especially thinking about the perspective of the majority of ingaporeans who don’t get their political information online – are also conning others into believing that the WP’s inaction and silences will indeed reverse itself when there are more of them in Parliament.
But at this rate, there is a distinct possibility that not only no more GRCs will be won, there is also a real possibility of losing Aljunied because they electorate is being conned into believing that since change is occurring, no more opposition MPs need be elected.
(The WP also connives against other opposition parties before every elections so that ONLY it can contest in the PAP’s weakholds, and they do this with the support of WP Psychopaths online. That only means that other opposition politicians continue to have a lower chance of getting elected.)
Good luck to those dreams of more opposition in Parliament. But it is opposition supporters who back the WP who should not forget to thank themselves for it.
*The above was first posted as a comment on THe Temasek Times.