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