Seems like Pritam Singh of the Workers' Party had stepped out of the Party line when he gave a speech at a forum organised by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) on 8 July 2011. At the forum he said:
"There are 87 seats in Parliament. How many do we have right now? We've got six ... we will not be ready to form a government till we got 44 good candidates, who are elected by the people."
He added: "So, is that something we are working toward? Well, I think the short answer is yes."
After the forum, the first-term WP CEC member had to issue remarks to clarify himself so that he could toe the party line:
'Let's not rule out the prospects of the PAP being forced into coalition politics. And coalition governments don't mean things don't happen... (there) could be unity government... There is a huge political space there for us to actually think about, insofar as how politics in Singapore... is going forward.'
And to "draw a snake and add legs to it", Pritam said all what was discussed during the forum was just "theoretical exercise"...
Pritam, who is still schooling, might not have realised that Politics is not just a theoretical exercise. Unless... "First World Parliament" was also a "theoretical exercise". That, we thought was WP's very successful exercise.
When probed by The Sunday Times further, he had his "don't know what to say" moment:
Asked about the likelihood of the WP forming a coalition government, he said: 'That is something you should ask the PAP; that's for them or any other party in that position to decide.'
How could the PAP or "any other party" know the likelihood of the WP forming a coalition government?==> Is this another "theoretical exercise"?
Vote for Pritam Singh. Vote to run Singapore with a "theoretical exercise"!