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Govt must help S'poreans move forward together

It would require extreme corruption and cronyism for Singapore to encounter the same fate as Malaysia did in its recent elections (Malaysian General Election: Five takeaways for Singapore; May 13).

The lessons from the Malaysian polls are not applicable to Singapore because the former is led by a coalition, with the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) holding the most parliamentary seats.

Should any disagreement arise between PKR and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, there is no guarantee there will not be a breakaway.

Singapore is too small a country to have multiple parties making up a coalition, let alone a two-party system. What matters for Singapore is the transfer of power from the ageing third-generation leaders to the younger fourth-generation ones.

I agree with Opinion editor Chua Mui Hoong that politicians should not be dismissive of the "vocal minority", for they do so at their own peril. Many such vocal minoritiesvoice issues close to their hearts in letters to the press, and the Government should listen and be more responsive to their concerns.

A successful party is not about how much progress it has made; it is about the difference made in people's lives. No party should have the inherited right to rule just because it has " heritage branding".

Young people today are influenced by external current affairs and, with the advent of technology, world news is available at the touch of a button.

A successful party is not about how much progress it has made; it is about the difference made in people's lives.

The Government should ensure that its people come together as a single force to remain strong. That means enabling every Singaporean to move forward together with unity of purpose.

Cheng Choon Fei

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 20, 2018, with the headline 'Govt must help S'poreans move forward together'. Print Edition | Subscribe