Monday, November 23, 2009

早报- 团结党新竞选策略 将紧盯部长所推行政策

团结党新竞选策略  将紧盯部长所推行政策

(2009-11-23)

游润恬 报道

  国民团结党在来届大选时将采取新的竞选策略,打算在集选区以领军的个别部长所推行的政策的缺点来挑战人民行动党的竞选团队。

  领导这个反对党淡滨尼集选区竞选团队的党员吴明盛日前接受本报访问时说:“这是为了加强政府的问责制。部长们在制定政策时应慎重考虑人民的利益,并为政策负责。如果政策不妥,部长就应下台。”

  他透露,团结党是在今年八月完成中央执行委员会选举后进行内部讨论时,决定以集选区竞选团队紧盯部长所推行政策的策略来展开竞选活动。

  “政府向来是强调集体决策和集体负责,但是集体责任往往意味着谁都不需要负责任,既然部长们只是在执行重量级领导人的意愿,他们就不必担心出事时会受到惩罚。”

  因此,他认为紧盯部长的竞选策略将可以冲击政府的决策过程,让部长们知道选民要他们为所制定的政策负出个人代价。

  团结党主席张培源受访时说:“我们会把焦点放在个别部长所制定的政策,不过也不排除把全国性政策或个别选区的课题当成竞选议题。”

  这个政党已宣称要在下次大选是时挑战淡滨尼、裕廊及惹兰勿刹这三个集选区和杨厝港、义顺中和麦波申三个单选区。党中委蒋才正和叶耀荣已分别表明要在大选时攻打义顺中区和杨厝港区。

  虽然大选日期还没眉目,团结党已为准备角逐的选区部署竞选团队。以淡滨尼集选区为例,它已凑足人数组成竞选团队。吴明盛没透露其他候选人的详情,只说他们之中包括各年龄层,有些目前还在国外工作。


  他也指出,自从团结党脱离新加坡民主联盟之后,须自行吸收少数种族候选人来组成集选区的竞选团队。在2006年大选时,它在民联旗帜下参选,可借助民联中其他政党,如马来民族机构(PKMS)的少数种族候选人组成竞选团队。

  各政党一般上不到选举的最后关头,都不轻易透露动向。团结党这么早就公布竞选策略和所要角逐的选区,是否会打草惊蛇呢?吴明盛对此表示并不担心。

  他提到就算执政党因此而采取防范措施,如加速进行电梯翻新计划,但是房价过高这个根本的公共住屋问题还是会存在。

  吴明盛认为政府不应根据旧组屋的转售价格来为新组屋定价,因为旧组屋周围的设施较完善,所以价格被推高了。

  “除非政府改变政策,允许国人拥有两间组屋,否则组屋升值只是表面风光,并没为住在组屋里的人带来实际利益。”

我们会把焦点放在个别部长所制定的政策,不过也不排除把全国性政策或个别选区的课题当成竞选议题。        ——团结党主席张培源

5 comments:

cy said...

Hi,Mr Goh,

I live in Jalan besar GRC, what issues are your team going to raise. environmental issues? i don't think that is enough to sway voters, you need to raise issues that speak to the interest of each individual.

"Appeal to ppl on their interest and not through reason"

Goh Meng Seng said...

Hi CY,

In Jalan Besar, there is even more serious issues of life and death to be debated.

First of all, as stated in my previous post, it is about the weather information system as well as the drainage system.

Secondly, it has to do with dengue mosquito problem.

Thirdly, the New Water saga. Up till now, we don't have an independent monitoring system to check on the new water quality.

Forth, the environmental issue of recycling. We are lagging behind to places like Australia, Taiwan and Hong Kong in making laws with regards to the use of plastic bags and such.

Goh Meng Seng

cy said...

regarding your 3rd point, i checked the web and found this

The reclaimed wastewater from Singapore's NEWater plants passed its 12th bi-annual drinking-water test by an independent international audit panel with flying colours during the country's Water Week.

The PUB utility reported on 2 July 2009 that the seven-member panel, which meets twice yearly, found NEWater to exceed Singapore national, US Environmental Protection Agency and World Health Organization standards for drinking water.

can you please explain why there is no independent monitoring system? thanks.

Goh Meng Seng said...

Safety of reclaimed water is a hotly debated issue in the academic world.

The issue of the residuals of hormones is a great concern to many people. But in Singapore, there is only one voice that we are suppose to believe in totality.

I am not sure how the annual tests or examination by international body is carried out but I would prefer a more frequent random checks on the quality of reclaimed water from time to time by independent party.

This is important because the membrane used in reclaiming the water may be faulty at times.

Goh Meng Seng

cy said...

i am no expert in membranes,but there are membranes that can filter hormones and there should be regular monitoring of water quality at the plant just in case the membrane is faulty.

i don't think the govt will put ppl's lives at risk just to save money on monitoring, afterall they are also drinking the newwater. Unless, there is evidence to show that they are drinking specially made water only for PAP, i am afraid this issue can't appeal to voters. pls reconsider again,thanks.