The Straits Times
Published on Jan 29, 2013

Encouraged by WP's stance


ONE is encouraged by Workers' Party (WP) chief Low Thia Khiang's statement cautioning Singaporeans not to read too much into last Saturday's by-election result ("By-election win not sign of trend for GE: Low"; yesterday).

He was quoted as saying: "I think we have a competent Government... we need to allow time for the Government to work... It's also not productive to politicise everything."

This is what separates the WP from other political parties and has allowed it to gain a reputation as Singapore's only credible opposition party. This further explains why the WP has enjoyed tremendous support since the last general election.

Mr Low reiterated that the WP is not ready to form the Government. This should send a clear signal to Singaporeans that the People's Action Party (PAP) remains the only party that can move Singapore forward. Opposition parties could provide valuable feedback and keep the Government in check.

One thing that was constantly played out in this by-election is that the PAP, though able to attract eminently qualified people to its ranks, is deemed by the electorate as being unable to relate to the ground.

In contrast, the WP's candidate was portrayed as one who is down-to-earth, practical and able to relate to the ground better.

The PAP should pay heed to the WP MPs' feedback and tailor policies to achieve both parties' vision of improving the lives of Singaporeans.

Rajasegaran Ramasamy