May 8, 2011

THE CHINESE SPRING:

Why Singapore's ruling party suffered historic setback at polls: Voter dissatisfaction is high over rising inequality and the high cost of living. For the first time, opposition candidates contested virtually every seat in parliament. . (Simon Montlake, May 8, 2011, CS Monitor)

Analysts say the high-profile role of young professionals in the opposition movement gave it a broader appeal to voters than the left-leaning candidates of previous campaigns. Their next task will be proving that they are a credible alternative to the PAP, which has governed Singapore since independence and keeps a tight grip on public debate.

“What this means is a much greater critical mass of talented opposition MPs in parliament. That’s even more important than the psychological breakthrough of winning a [multimember constituency],” says Michael Montesano, a historian at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.


Sic transit authoritarian capitalism.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 8, 2011 11:12 AM
  
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