What kind of Parliament are we having today? What kind of opposition are we having today in Parliament? The Parliament we have today, and the kind of opposition we have today are exactly designed and molded by the ruling govt. It is a Parliament of prepared questions and prepared answers. And opposition MPs are there to ask the right questions. I also not sure what ‘right questions’ meant.
Out of Parliament, the role of the opposition has been crafted and framed nicely by the ruling govt, to be town council managers, to make sure the streets are clean, the rubbish are cleared, the street lights are working. Why are we paying so much money for part time politicians to do these things? Hire a few road sweepers and cleaners would have done the jobs better.
The Singapore politics is a model designed by the ruling govt. It is deemed to be the best and working model. It is like all the policies, all well thought out and planned by the govt, including the life savings of the people and how they should spend the money and how they should live. For those who agree with this model, good for them.
But there are alternatives, alternative ways of doing things, of living our lives and how we should use our life savings. Singaporeans cannot be so daft that when the govt said ‘eat shit’ and they will eat shit without protest, without asking why. When the govt said do, then they do, cannot do, then cannot do.
Singaporeans need people like Chee to say no, there are other ways, to say no, we don’t want to eat shit. The role of politicians is not to prepare written questions in Parliament. The role of politicians is not to be road sweepers and cleaners of an estate. There is a need for an alternative voice in Parliament to change the ethos of politics in and out of Parliament. There is a need for the people to have a voice to tell the ruling govt what they want, not what the ruling govt wants, to tell the govt what the people think is good and not what the govt thinks is good.
Parliament needs more politicians of the Chee Soon Juan caliber, to speak their minds, some may be right and good, some may not be right and good, some a matter of doing things in different ways. Unless Singaporeans want to accept that this political system is the best, and there is no room for politicians like Chee Soon Juan, that politicians paid handsomely are to be estate managers, to look after the lifts, the roads and the longkangs, then they don’t deserve politicians like Chee Soon Juan.
The people of Bukit Batok would have to decide soon, what kind of politicians they want to serve them and to be in Parliament to speak out for them, for their interests, not the interests of political parties.