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GE2015: PM Lee asks for strong mandate, refutes argument that more opposition makes PAP perform better

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 18:13
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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong took aim at key opposition argument on Tuesday, saying that voting in more opposition members does not make the PAP perform better.

[SINGAPORE] Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong took aim at key opposition argument on Tuesday, saying that voting in more opposition members does not make the PAP perform better.

Speaking at a press conference hours after the close of nominations, he called the idea a fallacy and said that the PAP needs a strong mandate."In order to achieve the things we have achieved, you need a strong mandate. And good people in government. Every non PAP seat, affects the composition of government and Parliament. There'll be fewer and fewer people to do those good things." The idea of voting in opposition members to keep the PAP on its toes has been a frequent refrain of numerous opposition parties in this election as well as previous ones. It was the thrust of the Workers' Party's "Towards a First World Parliament" slogan in 2011 and WP MPs spoke often of being a co-driver to the PAP.

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