WP MPs absent from Singaporean event to protest against White Paper at Hong Lim Park
Posted by temasektimes on February 17, 2013
A rare protest was held at Hong Lim Park on Saturday evening by ordinary Singaporeans to voice their unhappiness against the population White Paper released by the government last week.
Among the speakers are leaders from the Singapore Democratic Party, National Solidarity Party and Reform Party, but no WP MPs were present at the event.
It is understood that WP has barred its MPs and members from attending the protest out of fear of antagonizing the PAP.
Though the WP claims to ‘oppose’ the White Paper in parliament, it still proposes increasing Singapore’s population to 6 million people in 2030, only 900,000 short of the PAP’s target.
WP Chief Low Thia Kiang recently chided Singaporeans for not giving the PAP enough time to work on the many problems besieging the nation, praising the PAP as a ‘competent’ government, much to the disgust of many Singaporeans.
The Workers Party has publicly pledged to work ‘constructively’ and ‘closely’ with the unpopular PAP, including forming a coalition government with it (Pritam Singh, May 2011) if it fails to win an outright majority in the next General Election. Its MPs have often endorsed the PAP publicly, leading some to label it as the PAP’s ‘B’ team.