In his speech announcing upcoming changes for future elections, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong took the opportunity to attack the Opposition parties saying that some of them tried to exploit religions and play the race card.
“In the 1997 GE, Mr Tang Liang Hong made provocative speeches to appeal to the Chinese majority vote when he contested in Cheng San GRC.
In the GE last year, some opposition candidates tried to exploit Islam to collect Malay votes, by “ostentatiously” performing prayers in public before election rallies. In both cases, the tactic failed.”
The Prime Minister also praised the undemocratic Group Representative Constituency (GRC) system as multi-racial, having an anchor Minister and keeping better economies of scale in operations.
Lee Hsien Loong also fired a potshot at the Workers’ Party, saying that any party that aspires to form the next government must first demonstrate their capabilities to handle a town council. In the recent election, the ruling party detained the Opposition-held Town Council’s 2 years worth of government grants amounting to S$14 million.
The GRC system is one of the many undemocratic changes introduced by Lee Hsien Loong and his father to prevent the Opposition parties from holding more seats.