Think Centre challenges Dr. Vivian to be first in line to remake Singapore by remaking himself in standing in a single seat constituency. Think Centre response to the Straits Times frontpage article dated 3rd July 2003, entitled: Now a search for "remaking champions"
The biggest joke is that a person who has entered parliament through the backdoor is asking civil society to fight for their beliefs. Where is your fight especially when you are in the safe GRC of Holland-Bukit Panjang well protected by Mr. Lim Swee Say.
The most fundamental aspect of political life, our electoral system, sees no changes in the remaking Singapore Committee. Why?
The PAP does not want to compete nor does it really care about transparency in our electoral process. No recommendations were made to make the drawing of electoral boundary procedures transparent nor were any questions raised whether the GRC system in the long run would really help the stature of minority candidates that enter parliament.
Think Centre challenges Dr. Vivian to be first in line to remake Singapore by remaking himself in standing in a single seat constituency. Don't worry Dr. Vivian, it has been done before - where a minority candidate who does not speak his "mother tongue" well, and who has been married to a non-Asian won a single seat constituency not once but twice. His name is J B Jeyaretnam and he has been remaking Singapore since 1971 without fear or favour.
So the first challenge in Remaking Singapore is whether Dr. Vivian is going to come forward to a single seat constituency to fight against opposition candidates. If the PAP claims that they set high political hurdles for themselves, than Dr. Vivian should have no problem nor should the PAP fear competition.
You cannot champion your cause if you do not fight for them. Dr. Vivian should take lessons from J B Jeyaretnam.
One man one vote - one to one contest! You will become a worthy remaking "community champion."
Press Release: 3rd July 2003
Source and Links
Straits Times, 3rd July 2003, Now a search for 'remaking champions"
Think Centre 21 June 2003 Remaking Singapore: PAP's Propaganda
Think Centre GRC hinders building Singaporean identity