Becoming 'First World Parliament' despite WP?

Becoming 'First World Parliament' despite WP?

It is timely to review whether the Workers' Party has lived up to its promise of a "First World Parliament" ("WP town council and the sound of silence"; Wednesday).

In the 2011 General Election, voters supported and rewarded the party largely because it promised to move Singapore towards a "First World Parliament".

Such a promise entailed the Workers' Party holding the ruling party to a higher degree of accountability.

If that is the case, then its lack of accountability to the electorate is disconcerting.

How can Singaporeans entrust the Workers' Party to keep the ruling party accountable to Singaporeans when it does not hold itself accountable?

Unlike the Workers' Party, the People's Action Party has taken steps to improve since the last GE. For example, it has made progress in addressing critical issues such as housing and transport.

Ironically, it appears that Singapore is moving towards a "First World Parliament" in spite of the Workers' Party.

Clifton Lee Ci-en

This article was first published on Dec 13, 2014.
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