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Jakarta Post

Letter to the editor: Response to ‘The Jakarta Post’ editorial

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 14 2018   /  01:31 am

I refer to your editorial “Singapore’s Secrecy” dated Feb. 9, 2018 on the issue of leadership succession in Singapore. The article alleges that leadership succession is shrouded in secrecy because Singaporeans will face “legal consequences” for expressing their thoughts about it in public. This is baseless.

Leadership succession is far from being an unmentionable topic in Singapore. There are numerous articles online and in print covering the issue. A quick internet scan will show the open discussion by the public and media. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has also talked about it on multiple occasions, including in open dialogue sessions and interviews with the Singapore and international media.

The article further claims that public participation in leadership change is lacking in Singapore. Under our Westminster-style parliamentary democracy, the prime minister ...