Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Truth In Advertising: Real Reason For GRC

As I was flipping my paper version of The Straits Times a few hours ago, I thought their editorial office had been hacked by The Onion or something. Something got published that just wasn't supposed to be revealed to the populace. But it's one of those things that makes this country just absolutely fascinating for someone like me who likes to read National Education pronouncements and somehow try to make them relevant to my daily life. I've always thought that pigs would fly before something like this happened. It now seems that either the editorial office got hacked, or pigs really do fly!
GRCs make it easier to find top talent: SM Without good chance of winning at polls, they might not be willing to risk careers for politics By Li Xueying SENIOR Minister Goh Chok Tong yesterday gave a new take on the role of Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs) in Singapore politics. Their role is not just to ensure minorities are adequately represented in Parliament, he said. They also contribute to Singapore's political stability, by 'helping us to recruit younger and capable candidates with the potential to become ministers'. 'Without some assurance of a good chance of winning at least their first election, many able and successful young Singaporeans may not risk their careers to join politics,' Mr Goh said at an event marking the appointment of members to the South East Community Development Council (CDC). 'Why should they when they are on the way up in the civil service, the SAF, and in the professions or the corporate world?' But he was quick to add that GRCs themselves do not guarantee victory...
For the full version, please subscribe to the online version of the newspaper. This article alone is worth the entire year's subscription! What really happened that induced an 'admission' of this sort? I don't know, but developments in the next few days would be very interesting indeed! :)

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