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‘This is not worth fighting’: Ex-MP Inderjit Singh tells opposition parties to stop complaining about PAP grassroots advisors

Ex-MP Inderjit Singh says it’s expected for PAP to have grassroots advisors in opposition wards

In a recent interview with Rice Media, former Member of Parliament (MP) Inderjit Singh shared his thoughts about People’s Action Party (PAP) candidates serving as grassroots advisors in wards they lost elections.

While opposition parties have expressed their dissatisfaction with such an arrangement on multiple occasions, Mr Inderjit said that it is something “not worth fighting”.

Instead, he urged opposition parties to form their own grassroots organisations, noting that they have sufficient support in their constituencies.

Inderjit Singh addresses issue of grassroots advisors in opposition wards

The question about losing PAP candidates serving as grassroots advisers in opposition wards was presented to Mr Interjit during a Rice Media interview, as part of its ‘Inconvenient Questions’ series.

Former Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Viswa Sadasivan, who conducted the interview, referred to such an arrangement as something that could “grate on the ground”. He also described it as one of PAP’s “key Achilles’ heels”.

Source: RICE Media on YouTube

 

Responding to Mr Viswa’s thoughts about the matter, Mr Singh conceded that the PAP has seen “declining votes” in recent elections.

He then attempted to explain the arrangement from a PAP’s point of view, which is that any ruling party would want to “strengthen their position”.

In his view, the party would “use whatever agencies, tools that they have to gain that advantage over their opposition.”

Source: RICE Media on YouTube

Mr Singh then shared a lesson that Mr Lee Kuan Yew taught him:

If you want to form a government, you need to win elections first.

Having identified election victory as the PAP’s focus, the former MP said that being in control of [People’s Assocation] is a factor that may change over time, depending on whether it wins the PAP more votes.

For now, Mr Singh believes that the PAP still view grassroots organisations as an “important avenue” to reach out to residents, allowing potential candidates to garner support.

Opposition parties should form own organisations

Mr Singh subsequently flipped the question by asking what opposition parties would do if they were the ruling party.

Source: RICE Media on YouTube

He then offered a piece of advice for the Workers’ Party (WP):

Form your own grassroots organisations. They have enough support in each of the constituencies where they are.

Mr Singh added that the current arrangement is not something “not worth fighting” over as it’s not going to change.

Expanding on this, Mr Singh highlighted the PAP’s “logical perspective” on the matter — grassroots organisations “help to explain and implement… government policies.”

Source: RICE Media on YouTube

Given this rationale, it makes sense for the PAP to have someone in charge that “they can actually work with”.

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Featured image adapted from RICE Media on YouTube.

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