Updating Singapore’s political system


I found this to be a most engaging speech by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, replete with the insight that stems from the rich blend of deep intellect, scholarly research and many years of experience as a statesman. It is very long, something of a lecture, but certainly worth your time to read or listen to. It greatly enhances understanding not only of the latest changes to our political system but of the reasoning behind many existing features as well, such as the first-past-the-post system and the GRC system (may I add that if you are a Singaporean GP student and you don’t know what GRC stands for, you are ignorant about your own country, you’re in a hole where your GP is concerned and you’d better dig yourself out before it’s too late).


The President and many Members of this House have spoken about the bracing challenges that we face in the future: terrorism, our economy, maintaining our social cohesion, among other things.

Indeed it’s a daunting list. But as Members have emphasised, we have every reason to be confident that we can overcome them one by one together.

The question is: How do we do that? How can we build a stronger Singapore? How can we progress together? For Singapore to succeed, what must we do? And one fundamental requirement beyond individual policies was what the President said at the end of his speech, that we need good policies but we also need good politics…

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2 Responses to Updating Singapore’s political system

  1. Pingback: On ignorance and politics in Singapore | Mr Seah (dotcom!)

  2. Mr Seah says:

    Hola, fellow blogger! I couldn’t help myself but respond to the PM’s speech. Thanks for linking to it, hope everything’s good on your side 🙂

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