Singapore politics still free from cynicism: Hri Kumar

Singapore politics still free from cynicism: Hri Kumar
Mr Hri Kumar Nair noted that Singaporeans are optimistic about their politics and are confident the Government will deliver.

Cyncism and hopelessness mark politics in many "mature democracies", but these attitudes have yet to infect Singapore politics, said Mr Hri Kumar Nair (Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC) yesterday.

"The vast majority of Singaporeans still believe that politics remains a noble cause, that politicians and political parties must have integrity and the Government is, and must always be, a force for good," said the People's Action Party MP.

He was taking aim at Workers' Party chief Low Thia Khiang's comment on Monday that everyone had a role in constructive politics in a diverse and open society like those in "mature democracies".

In his speech, Mr Nair also criticised the WP for not proposing policy alternatives, with details.

He began his attack by saying WP's Non-Constituency MP Gerald Giam was mistaken in suggesting the Government was good at managing its own risks, but not the risks of Singaporeans.

The lawyer said the Government allocates risks between different groups in an equitable, sensible and sustainable way.

"So when you say you want one group to bear less risk, you are in effect saying that another should bear a higher risk. Except opposition politicians find it inconvenient to mention this second group of people - so they call it the Government," he said.

On "mature democracies", Mr Nair said their politics is more about winning elections than improving people's lives. Elected politicians do not honour their promises and voters get disillusioned.

Recent voter turnout was in the mid-50 per cent in the United States, 65 per cent in Britain and 66 per cent in Germany, he noted.

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