The Workers’ Party’s (WP) slogan, “Towards A First World Parliament”, has been the subject of intense debate and scrutiny since its concurrent introduction with the WP’s election manifesto. Naturally, throughout this period of campaigning, political candidates and their corresponding parties – through media interviews and rally speeches – have been forthcoming in their queries and propositions, respectively questioning or supporting the concept of a “First World Parliament”.
Therefore, given the proliferation of comments and perspectives expounded (some of them quite lengthy and convoluted), the following diagram summarises the opinions made by representatives from the WP and People’s Action Party (PAP). At the same time, I have included assertions raised by various members of the public, as well as politicians from the other political parties. The purpose of this is to reflect my personal view that nothing is absolutely “right” or “wrong”; and while it is quite impossible to be objective all the time, it helps to understand where your opponent is coming from. At the very least, this maintains a decent level of civility in debate and discussions.
If Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong had taken more time to read the comments from his WP counterparts – and comprehend that their definition is not simplistically to have “a critical mass of Opposition in Parliament”, but to proactively act as checks and balances et cetera – perhaps he would not have unfairly dismissed the slogan as being “nonsense” and “absurd”.
Here’s the link to the references in the diagram.