Everyone dislikes something for some reason, and contrary to popular belief in Singapore, people do dislike PAP for legitimate reasons as well, other than wanting “more opposition voices” alone, although that’s important too. This is actually part of a series, because each point I dislike about the PAP is equivalent to a post. So… Here’s number one. Feel free to disagree and let me know in the comments!
The PAP thinks it’s the Government.
If your first response to this statement is “It’s not meh?” it’s okay, you wouldn’t have been able to tell by the way PAP acts.
PAP is a political party. It occupies a disgusting majority of the seats in parliament so much so that it practically rules Singapore since any opposition to policies are insignificant, but it’s still just a political party. The government of Singapore has Member of Parliaments from different political parties, and is known under a different name called The Singapore Government. But this distinction has become almost insignificant with the way PAP conducts itself.
PAP justifies the dangling of the upgrading carrot (cliché!) and denying opposition constituencies use of public facilities by the rhetoric “Of course it’s like that. They are opponents. Why should PAP help them? It’s a competition.”
Now these are not unfamiliar words you have seen in the papers. Personally, I have volunteered at Punggol East Constituency, meeting Michael Palmer(Speaker of Parliament) and his staff, and have actually had this line said to me by one of his most senior staff (nice man actually). So, PAP really does believe this is fair. And that’s not all. This statement actually has common people agreeing that this is fair.
“I don’t see anything wrong with that”
But what’s wrong with that is that that carrot is not PAP’s to dangle. I refer you again to the difference between PAP and the Singapore Government. Funds for the estate upgrading and lift upgrading belong to the Singapore Government. Public facilities belong to the Singapore Government, under the People’s Association(PA).
But apparently, PAP has forgotten that it is not the Government as well, and that just because they share the first two letters doesn’t mean it’s the same thing. Just as Tom Cruise isn’t the same as Tom’s Cruise.
Hougang residents pay tax to the Government, not PAP. It absolutely has no right to deny Hougang residents estate upgrading priorities while taking their tax money all this while. Neither does it hold the privilege of disallowing usage of public facilities by opposition parties for their own programmes when PAP does the same. I know they do it because I have joined in some of these events.
Hey, you know who denies you stuff and tells you that if you just give in to them, they’ll return them to you, even if they didn’t have the right to take it in the first place?
“Hey that’s unfair!” screams you as the bully relieves you of your underwear.