Written by Sammyboy.com forummer kakowi
31 Aug 2008
The primary roles of an Opposition for a developed economy are:
(1) to deny the ruling party the 2/3 majority. If there is a 2/3 majority then all their policies will get through Parliament. This can be unhealthy to Singaporeans.
If they do not have the 2/3 majority, it does not mean that their policies cannot get through Parliament. Rather they will now have to convince the Opposition that their policies have merit. This act of convincing will lead to greater rigorousness in policy formulation.
To the benefit of Singaporeans
(2) to be an Alternative Government. It is never wise to rely on only one opinion in the case of developed economies. There are just too much at stake.
There are secondary roles for the Opposition. Amongst them would be:
(3) to voice the discontent of the people to the ruling party; to monitor the extent of their listening and their follow-up implementation, because a listener may not be a doer
(4) to show the ruling party a better way of serving the people. It is possible that after so many years of uninterrupted rule, the ruling party may feel that the people are there to serve them. An opposition member may not have that luxury and thus will work harder to make the people feel served.
(5) to build internal expertise on handling issues.
Five reasons is a good number for an initial post. I am sure there are others.
Thus what is needed is for each Voter:
(a) to educate themselves on their birthright – the power of their vote in determining the quality of their lives;
(b) That they should never sell off their birthright for a bowl of porridge;
(c) but listen to both parties, judge them by their actions and sincerely cast their vote for their preferred leader.