Forget about the Sarawak elections for a moment…. There’s something going on in another Malaysia federation partner that is definitely taking up Najib’s “why I should or should not call GE13 soon” dilemma. We know Jibby boy likes looking south in more ways than most people know… but Singapore’s GE is definitely giving him the shits.
Why? Well, thank Lee Kuan Yew (LKY).
People like to compare Dr M with LKY… truth is… there are similarities that cannot be denied. Just different in styles – Dr M blogs and fires shots from his hip… LKY gribs balls and bulldoze constitutional reforms… but BOTH have a degree of distrust towards their successors – the “Mr Nice Guys” (Goh “choky” Tong and sleepy Pak Lah) and the “by birth rights” Hisen Loong and Najib.
However, LKY’s actions are often deemed as gifts to his nation… well Dr M’s are harder to swallow, especially when a modern man like him now stands shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Perkasa’s Ibrahim Ali.
LKY, before stepping down as PM in 1990, made sure Choky will lead the passing of a constitutional amendment to make the role of President an elected one. That gave the SEP (Singapore Elected President) power to veto anything funny his PAP successor were to try pull off.
Last year, now in his last years on earth (not cursing the old boy but just being realistic), a PAP dominated parliament increased the new Parliament seat (post 2011 elections) to have more seats – 87 elected (from 82), 9 Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP), and 9 Non-Constituency Members of Parliament (NCMPs) . That’s a volunteered increase of opposition voices in the Parliament, including the most popular losing opposition candidates.
That’s not all..
Anyone watched/read the Singapore MSM lately? Check Straits Times and ChannelNewsAsia. Amazing, unprecedented sudden fairness of coverage of the opposition parties ! NST, Star, MediaPrima, Utusan… you bastards better take some notes.
Anti-government blogs like Temasek Review have been also allowed to stay alive and hot debates allowed on social media.
What is the result?
Some of the most credible personalities have joined/formed opposition in Singapore and stand a damn good chance… Talks of the foreign minister George Yeo losing at Aljunied, talks of up to 15, 20 seats to go to opposition…. some even dream of denying PAP 2/3rd majority (unthinkable in Singapore).
This can be credited to the way the world is today… spirit of revolution is in the air. This can be credited to the rise of people’s dissent towards some genuine social and economical issues in Singapore.
But can take more credits than LKY himself. Yes. He engineered this and it’s his gift to Singapore to make sure his own party, PAP, will be put in check by what he calls “Opposition in-training” after he is gone.
Nice gifts, LKY… and guess who are your (maybe) unintended recipients?
Imagine… in a year when Najib’s UMNO and BN wants to call an election… and is already extremely lack of confidence due to the in-fighting within UMNO, the continued loss of support for other BN parties like MCA, MIC, PPP, Gerakan…. the recent loss in popularity votes in Sarawak….. the last thing they need is the usually “PAP wins all” Singapore to start losing multitude of seats to opposition and make history down south….
If Singapore opposition wins more than 10 seats. LKY’s gift of engineering will succeed…. and i believe it’s a true gift towards democracy in Singapore…
This happening while Najib is deciding a good, or rather least worse time, to call Malaysia’s own GE.
Malaysians should eventually thank LKY for possibly putting a huge boost towards knocking BN out of government in the long run.
It’s still a long shot… but shorter than we think…