SINGAPORE: Framing the contest between the People’s Action Party (PAP) and the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) in West Coast GRC as a choice between two ministers and Dr Tan Cheng Bock is “wrong”, said Minister for Communications and Information S Iswaran on Saturday (Jul 4).
“So that is what you have on one side - a party and a team that has understood in detail, with depth, the concerns and needs of our people and has mounted national programs as well as local programs in order to meet those needs,” he added.
“On the other side, you have a team that has basically put out a very short manifesto with broad statements, but lacking in detail. Detail about how they will implement the national programmes ... Or for that matter what they’re going to do at a detailed level, other than broad promises that they have run town councils before. That is not enough.”
Citing the opposition’s stance on wanting to review all of Singapore’s trade agreements, he said that every trade agreement is a “carefully balanced set of benefits and trade offs”.
“So I think the contest is not about personalities. It's not about who’s leading them, which ministers we have. We have emphasised, we are a team. And we will work as a team to serve the entire West Coast GRC,” he added.
Mr Iswaran also responded to questions about Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing’s remarks that the three biggest opposition parties could become a “replacement for the Government” if they join forces.
What Mr Chan said about the opposition parties is “an arithmetic reality”, said Mr Iswaran.
“When you add up all the people who are contesting, and if they get elected then they will be the majority and they will form Government,” he added.
“What will happen, how it’ll happen I think is up to voters to decide. But I think you can’t fault Mr Chan for basically spelling out what is an electoral arithmetic reality that people should take into account.”