SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said that "there is a clear consensus for the ruling party" in Singapore, even amidst desire for alternative views in the political landscape.
"Basically Singaporeans want the PAP to govern Singapore," he said.
Mr Lee was responding to a question on how he saw democracy in Singapore evolving over the next few decades, in an interview on Wednesday with Singapore reporters, reported The Straits Times.
"We are in a very unusual situation where there is a clear consensus for the ruling party. There is a desire for alternative views, yes. But basically Singaporeans want the PAP to govern Singapore.
"If you ask the Opposition parties - whether it is the Workers' Party or the Singapore Democratic Party - nobody says 'Vote for me, I will form the government, I will be the Prime Minister, I will run this place better'," Mr Lee said.
The Prime Minister also said that people in Singapore should get used to more gradual pay rises as economic growth slows.
"If we can make 2 to 3 per cent per year (economic growth) for the next five years, I think we're doing well," he said.
"Three per cent (growth) per year means your wages will go up correspondingly, gradually, year to year - maybe not every year but over four, five years you will see improvements if we are successful in our policies."
On the subject of terror attacks, Mr Lee said that he cannot rule out an attack in Singapore.
"We should not be completely shocked should we have an incident happen either here or close to us," he said.
The Straits Times published reports of the interview with Mr Lee on its website on Friday afternoon, ahead of detailed reports in Saturday's edition of the newspaper.
You can read the full reports at The Straits Times website:
PM Lee: Singapore politics will change, but not certain yet how
PM Lee: Get used to more gradual pay rises as economic growth slows
PM Lee: Greatest damage from a terror attack would be to trust and confidence
PM Lee: Electoral Boundaries Review Committee yet to be set up
PM Lee: New challenges, better home as Singapore enters next 50 years
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