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10/11/2012

Who shall decide how many people in the island?



The govt has decided that 6m is what our population should be. Does the govt think it should consult or ask the people if this is what the people want? We have a Natcon going on, should this issue be in the con for the people to tell the govt what they really want?

When the people elected a govt, does it mean that it also gives up its right to decide on the issue of the size of the population? At the moment the govt of the day thinks or behaves as if it is the sole arbiter on how many people should be in the island. Is the govt thinking that that is its right, or behaving in an arrogant manner, ignoring the wishes of the people, not listening, does not want to listen, no need to listen?

If this is the case, that the govt so assumes the power to decide on the population, and if the people disagree, what can the people do, or not do anything and allow the population to go on increasing against their interests?

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

As long as 60% of people voted for PAP.
PAP alone can decide what is good for Singaporeans.
We have trusted PAP to decide what is good for us for so long.
Why stop now?

Anonymous said...

Did you read about the disabled girl who was murdered by the maid who was employed to look after her while both the parents were at work?

The parents have to pay a family tax (maid's levy) to the government to employ the maid.
Wonder if the govt. will give the parents a refund on the maid's levy?

Anonymous said...

Money once got into governement's pocket cannot come out easily. No refund lah.

Problem with democracy is that once the government got the 75% seats, they can do anything they want, well, almost all.

Anonymous said...

Do allow for correction, heard DPM Teo Chee Hian on CNA that Sin can accommodate 6.5 million in population.

The Government SHALL decide anything as they are given the MANDATE. There SHALL be no argument over this.

Anonymous said...

Who should decide is no longer a point for argument. That has been settled more than four decades ago.

Who should change the decider is still relevant come 2016 and beyond.

In the meantime, the decider decides and the follower follows. That is the law of nature.

Anonymous said...

you see, in other countries, even elected governments cannot suka suka do anything, claiming they have the "mandate" of the people.

the reason is simple, peole can organise themselves to protest.

in singapore, thanks to our previous generations who kept returning pap to unchecked power, pap has clipped away the constitutional rights of singaporeans to protest. (saying you can protest in hong lim park is like saying you can protest in your own hdb apartment).

so the moral of the story is two-fold.

#1. "airy-fairy" issues such as civil liberties rights have a direct impact on your bread-and-issue well being.

#2. never again should we let a single party (especially pap and wp) dominate the scene.

The said...

Why don't we let the voters decide?

If 60% voted for the PAP - that is what you get and you will repent for - 6 million people.

If 50% were to vote for the PAP in 2016, then the government of the day can reduce the population to 5 million.

And if 40% were to vote for the PAP, the new government will reduce the population to 4 million.

Neat, huh?

auto said...

Those unhappy can leave. The vampires cannot wait to get rid of sinkies and import more foreigners and suck them dry.

Anonymous said...

When a govt is elected, it has the power to do anything it wants, by definition.

It answers for its actions only at the next polls, or in the case of real democracies, party leaders may withdraw controversial plans if they sense that their actions are not in line with the electorate's wishes.

However, if Singaporeans are not willing to enforce accountability-- if they refuse to kick out people like MBT, Raymond Lim, Wong Kan Seng, etc who caused them so much pain on housing, transport and who let Mas Selamat escape-- then the PAP will take it that the people did not disapprove of their actions.

So, the answer is simple-- if people want to be taken seriously, they have to kick out those who are acting against their wishes.

Cokky said...

Do allow for correction, heard DPM Teo Chee Hian on CNA that Sin can accommodate 6.5 million in population. The Government SHALL decide anything as they are given the MANDATE. There SHALL be no argument over this.