His comment raises many important questions, particularly alarming to Singaporeans who want democratic change in this country.
33% of the electorate in contested areas voted for the opposition in the last election. How many citizens, especially civil servants, voted for the PAP out of fear? What would the percentage of opposition votes be if every Singaporean got a chance to cast his or her ballot? (The GRC system effectively makes it difficult for the opposition to contest in many parts of Singapore)
Voters would also benefit from mainstream media coverage that is independent and free from government control, because it would help them make a more informed choice.
There are several other reasons as to why the elections have been unfree and unfair all these years. But before we even begin to address the need for electoral reform, new citizens who've spent barely a year or 2 in Singapore are going to vote as well.
And who will the new citizens of Singapore vote for? Your guess is as good as mine. But we can still hope that over time, they too will see the reality of the Singapore situation and act for democratic change.
Should there be a waiting period before new citizens are allowed to vote?
The truth about elections in Singapore