Here is the evidence for the proposition, you decide.
NSP is willing to concede the Moulmein-Kallang GRC to the WP if the WP fields either its Sec-Gen or its chairman. If the WP agrees, this condition could lead to the WP losing its only SMC or making it more difficult to win the Aljunied GRC which it narrowly lost in 2006.
Is this what any responsible party that opposes the PAP wants?
Putting aside this issue, one would have tot, based on this condition, that NSP was deploying its Chairman or Sec-Gen in the GRC. No, it isn’t. It is fielding in the four-MP GRC, three people who had just joined the NSP. They were part of a group of 20 who had left the RP, citing differences over how the RP should be run. Two of them were govmin scholarship holders and held mid-ranking posts in the SAF and the admin service.
Is it responsible to equate the Sec-Gen or Chairman of the leading opposition party with two newbies, albeit ones that could qualify to be possible PAP candidates?
Next, isn’t it one of the grouses against the PAP is that it forces down voters’ throats, via GRCs, ex-high flying civil servants and SAF officers. And isn’t it another grouse that many of these high flyers turn out to be duds?
And yet despite the concerns among voters of the PAP’s elitist habits, the NSP expects to contest the GRC because it has scholars in its team.
Is this responsible behaviour towards voters?
Onto a wider point. The WP has been getting a lot of stick on the Internet for being unwilling to compromise with the smaller opposition parties on sharing constituencies.
I calculated that there are 10 constituencies where the various parties have not settled their differences and where there is a chance of three-way fights. Of these the NSP is involved in five rows: with the WP over one GRC and two SMCs; with the SDP, one SMC; and with the RP, one SMC.
Given its track record as an opposition party, these are sure a lot constituencies to stake claims to.
I respected Goh Meng Seng for selling his flat and allocating $40,000 of the proceeds to campaign on behalf on the NSP. Hard to criticise anyone prepared to spend that amount of money for his principles.
But I now think that being prepared to spend that amount of money has made him willing to do anything to ensure that the NSP gets at least one NCMP seat. Taz the only rational reason I can think of of the NSP wanting to contest so many seats and in the process rowing with the other parties.
Not very responsible behaviour is it?