With Singapore in the midst of a historical elections, I would like to reproduce an interesting observation of our current political landscape made by a foreign expert.
The opposition has organized, mobilized and taken advantage of the limited political space afforded to it by the manipulated electoral system.
The PAP has reacted slowly and awkwardly to the opposition’s energetic display.
It therefore sits on the horns of a dilemma: accept that power sharing is inevitable over the short term and rotation in government office is quite possible within a few years (or at least much sooner than expected), or use its election victory to reassert its political supremacy, by force if necessary, over pretenders to its throne.
That will influence the context in which the power struggles following Lew Kuan Yew’s death will occur, which in turn will determine whether or not the slow process of authoritarian liberalization will continue or be halted.
At that point the moment of truth will have arrived for a country struggling with its identity as a modern bridge between East and West.
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