Lawrence Wong appeals to Workers Party to join ‘Singapore Conversation’
Posted by temasektimes on October 27, 2012
In an unprecedented move, Senior Minister of State for Education and Information Lawrence Wong made a public appeal to the Workers Party, widely known as the PAP’s ‘B’ team to participate in the government-led ‘Singapore Conversation’.
Workers Party Chairwoman Sylvia Lim had earlier rejected the PAP’s invitation to join in the ‘conversation’, saying these citizen discussions would be “better served” without the presence of its leaders, as they would be linked to the party even if invited in their personal capacity.
Speaking to queries from the state media, Mr Wong said:
“No one has a monopoly of wisdom. Everyone comes in as an individual contributing his view and every view is important. The more we have people participating in this process, the richer are our discussions. I see value in all Singaporeans participating in this process regardless of their political affiliation. This is not a debate in politics, this is a national conversation about the future of Singapore.”
The Workers Party’s refusal to join in the ‘National Conversation’ came as a surprise as its leaders have been trying desperately hard to appease the PAP all along with Sylvia Lim heaping generous praise on the PAP’s management of the economy in an interview with Reuters not too long ago.
Perhaps it is just another ‘wayang’ to play ‘hard to get’. As public opposition against the PAP’s policies continue to rise, the PAP needs its ‘B’ team more and more to masquerade as a ‘credible’ opposition party in order to sideline and marginalize the real opposition parties which can threaten its political hegemony.
In the aftermath of the General Election last year, newly minted WP (or PAP’s ‘B’ team) MP Pritam Singh handed PAP an olive branch:
“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)”