In 1984 GE, the PAP suffered a large fall in the popular vote (to 65% from 77% in 1980), nebwie Lee Hsien Loong told the PAP in a report that it had to listen to the people. The feedback unit (now REACH) was setup. You and I know how effective this unit has been. Recent example: From 2006 till last week, the PAP ignored S’poreans on the related issues of immigration, public tpt congestion and a shortage of HDB flats.
The PAP focused on fixing the system to their advantage, The PAP introduced GRCs and when that failed to improve performance, the PAP supersized the GRCs and linked voting to the upgrading of HDB estates. That improved their performance so much so that in 2001 the PAP won 75% of the popular vote.
Then things started to go wrong and today the PM is talking of listening to the people.
Let’s hope the PAP is prepared to listen and act on public grievances, but let;s remain vigilant to there signs that the system is being fixed to the PAP’s advantage. Shout out loud if you think that system is being fixed.
Remember that DPM and minister Mah have claimed strong mandates despite the fact that they polled only 57% in their GRCs. Nationally the PAP polled 60%.