PM Lee reminds Singaporeans: Lack of ‘consensus’ within society will lead to dysfunction
Posted by temasektimes on September 28, 2012
In an interview with a newly set up socio-political blog set up and run by the establishment, PM Lee was asked if the ruling PAP will continue to be ‘dominant’ in the future:
“The question is whether Singaporeans can come to a consensus on the direction they want to go. If ‘yes’, then there can be one party which has a strong mandate and can work on behalf of citizens effectively,” he said.
PM Lee then cited countries like the US and India where divisive politics has led to gridlock and dysfunction, which can happen to Singapore.
“If we don’t have that consensus within society, like in America where there is a deep divide between the Republicans and Democrats… then you have gridlock, dysfunction and it can happen to Singapore,” he added.
Singapore has been under the iron-fist control of the PAP since 1959 which controls all institutions of the state including the so-called elected ‘opposition’ in parliament, an unique political system not seen elsewhere in the world.