During the debate of the Population White Paper, several PAP MPs went up to talk of their opposition to the white paper but when push comes to shove, only one did not toe the party line and vote for it. The MP is question is Inderjit Singh who opposed the Population White Paper and walked out when the vote took place. His vote of abstention was noted and during an interview with the local newspaper, Lianhe Zaobao, he expressed the reasons for his non-vote.
Now the PAP is a party known for their strict party discipline. I can’t even remember the last time a PAP MP did not toe the party line, so I’m impressed with the courage and conviction shown by Mr. Singh. Unfortunately, it seems a lot of people are not. Some people have posted online that Mr. Singh’s abstention was nothing but political theater. These people in
to think that an abstention means nothing.
These people are wrong. Or to be more exact; these people don’t know a good thing when it hit them on the head. The fact that there is a PAP MP who is willing to abstain from a vote is great news for the democracy of
This is a good thing and the last thing we need is to have MPs being flamed online
One simple fact is that the
Singapore opposition just does not
have the numbers required to stop the white paper. Even if Mr. Singh voted
“no”, it would not stop the paper from being passed. In fact with the 60+
advantage the PAP has in Parliament, it won’t even make a dent.
Yet despite knowing this, we have a PAP MP who was willing to take a public stand on the matter. That is great news for
any who thinks otherwise, who isn't a PAP supporter, need to have their head examined.