20 words & phrases that defined 2020: Blank cheque

Former Workers' Party chief Low Thia Khiang joining the WP team contesting in Aljunied GRC, led by WP secretary-general Pritam Singh (behind Mr Low), at Hougang Mall on the last day of campaigning on July 8. Former Nee Soon GRC PAP MP Lee Bee Wah tea
Dr Tan Cheng Bock, who led the Progress Singapore Party team that contested in West Coast GRC, at Teban Gardens Market and Food Centre on July 12, two days after the polls. His team lost to the PAP team helmed by Minister S. Iswaran.
The Workers’ Party’s Jamus Lim (right) during a live debate broadcast on TV and online on July 1, 2020.
The Workers’ Party’s Jamus Lim (right) during a live debate broadcast on TV and online on July 1, 2020. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
Former Workers' Party chief Low Thia Khiang joining the WP team contesting in Aljunied GRC, led by WP secretary-general Pritam Singh (behind Mr Low), at Hougang Mall on the last day of campaigning on July 8. Former Nee Soon GRC PAP MP Lee Bee Wah tea
Former Workers’ Party chief Low Thia Khiang joining the WP team contesting in Aljunied GRC, led by WP secretary-general Pritam Singh (behind Mr Low), at Hougang Mall on the last day of campaigning on July 8.
Former Workers' Party chief Low Thia Khiang joining the WP team contesting in Aljunied GRC, led by WP secretary-general Pritam Singh (behind Mr Low), at Hougang Mall on the last day of campaigning on July 8. Former Nee Soon GRC PAP MP Lee Bee Wah tea
Left: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong chatting with residents at a coffee shop in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 on July 2. ST PHOTOS: GAVIN FOO, KUA CHEE SIONG, LIM YAOHUI, CHONG JUN LIANG, DESMOND WEE, SHINTARO TAY, DESMOND FOO

SINGAPORE - In the 2020 General Election, the call to deny the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) a "blank cheque" resonated with the electorate, who voted to increase the number of opposition MPs in Parliament.

The phrase came from then Workers' Party candidate Jamus Lim, who in a televised debate with Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, said: "What we are trying to deny the PAP is not a mandate. What we're trying to deny them is a blank cheque."

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