Clear up issues raised during hustings

Many reasons have been offered for the People's Action Party's victory in the election ("PAP wins big with 69.9% of vote"; last Saturday).

But one very important reason we should not discount is the fact that the PAP listened to the woes and fears of people on the ground, then worked hard to win over Singaporeans and earn their trust.

Now that the election is over, we should bring clarity to a few issues brought up during the campaign.

First is the issue of the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council.

There have been many allegations of financial mismanagement.

Documented evidence should be revealed publicly so we can lay the matter to rest once and for all.

Next is the role of the People's Association and the citizens consultative committees.

These national bodies should remain apolitical and serve the needs of all Singaporeans, regardless of political affiliation.

This should also be the case for the upgrading of Housing Board homes and other public works.

Finally, election boundaries should remain the same in future, as ever-changing boundaries create confusion among residents.

This also leads to a phenomenon presented by group representation constituencies, where some candidates are perceived as being brought into Parliament under the wings of more popular politicians.

Let each candidate stand on his own and be bloodied by fighting in the hustings.

At the end of the day, as the election posters come down, it is time for every Singaporean to work together and forge a better future, trusting in a transparent, caring and fair government.

Peter Loon Seng Chee

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 16, 2015, with the headline 'Clear up issues raised during hustings'. Print Edition | Subscribe