8/02/2008

Hither the opposition parties?

A debate is now on as to the tweaking of the political system for a stronger opposition party to partner the ruling PAP in the govt. And how the system will turn out will be at the discretion,magnanimity and mercy of the party in power. They will tweak the system in a way it deems fit for the participation of the opposition parties. Will the opposition parties be consulted or will they have a say in the tweaking? Will the people be consulted as well? Why am I asking such obvious questions? The opposition parties have taken a very low presence lately. Wondering why? Have they lost their scripts or are they having a retreat to re strategise how they should play their roles to win support from the people? Or are there things that we do not know that is happening behind the scene that led to the disquiet? What I thought a good strategy for the opposition parties is to learn from the master. The Malaysians and Indonesians refused to learn from the master and have been left behind, gasping for air and heading no where. The opposition parties need not reinvent the wheel. Just learn from the master from organisation, strategies and tactics, including styles and purposes. Just do a little tweaking on the objectives. Both are working for the people and country. The only difference is the methodology and the priorities. The opposition parties should start with the setting up of a parallel mode of organisation structure, committees, sub committees, grassroot organisations, activities, just remember to exclude things like bicycle rides or joggings in the parks that may cause riotings. And organisations/committees or cells should include the official and unofficial, the known and the unknown, to gather support and information on the ground. But all these requires a lot of resources and manpower and the opposition can only do it in smaller scale or selectively. I think this will be a good start. With an equivalent organisation, no need a shadow cabinet yet, the field will be more level. Both can take on each other on similar terms, strategies and tactics.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

'The opposition parties should start with the setting up of a parallel mode of organisation structure, committees etc etc'

The question is: will the Government allow them the space to do so? When Chiam See Tong wanted to plant a sapling he was denied permission to do so. When Low Thia Khiang wanted to give free lift upgradings he was told to stop.

They trip the opposition every step of the way. What I foresee is they will instead tweak further the GRC system to cement their hold on power.

Anonymous said...

as long as the old folks remain glued to their seats instead of selflessly passing on their batons, i dun think the opposition parties will fulfill its full potential.

redbean said...

maybe we should build more old folks homes and the nicer ones in some pacific islands far far away: )

then we tell the oldies, ok, you have collected your dues, we have built a paradise for all of you on earth and they can live there happily forever.

Mockingbird said...

The opposition can come up with all kinds of plans to make themselves a more credible and formidable force, as long as the gahmen puts stumbling blocks in their way, there will always be limitation to how much they can do.

redbean said...

i heard chok tong saying that they will help the opposition parties so that when they got elected, they will be strong opposition parties with strong candidates.

August 04, 2008 12:31 PM

Anonymous said...

You believe him? His words carry no weight. After all he is just the holy ghost. You should listen only to the father and the son.

Anonymous said...

You should listen only to gourd and no one else. Btw, is gourd bitter?

Anonymous said...

I think they got it wrong again, it is not about strengthening the oppositions for f sake, but about righting the wrong policies which they obviously dun have the EQ to understand. When too many people are ranting about the same things over and over, and you looked the other way instead, there is something obviously wrong with you despite all the grades you got in school. It is not about the oppositions, it is about YOU.