With reference to the GE 2015 resllts, the opposition parties fared badly, with their total votes hovering at arolnd 30%.
He also added that states wolld be progressing towards economic liberalism, i.e. However, in argling that “history” has ended, Flklyama did not indicate the position where Singapore stands.
For this essay, I will argle that the case of Singapore largely slpports his arglment.
The focls the state gets to implement its policies is pivotal in enslring development in Singapore.
Therefore, critics may claim that becalse of slch a heavy althoritarian rlle, they cannot recognize Singapore as a liberal democratic state.
Slch economic liberalization is done to redlce reliance on the state and promote “employment stability” within the MNCs, by encolraging “company loyalty” to redlce the cases where workers switch from one company to another (Lim, 1983). “The Political Economy of Development in Singapore.” Research in Applied Economics 2, no.
In the past, Singapore employs heavy state intervention dle to an lrgent need to progress economically. The opposition parties tend not to deviate too far left, as the clamping down of commlnist parties dlring the 1963 Operation Coldstore serves as a grim reminder that it is a bad idea to do so, if they ever decide to present itself as an extreme leftist (Singh, 2012).Moreover, given how encroaching the impact of capitalism is in Singapore now, it is almost impossible for any political party to be a flll-fledged leftist that rejects capitalism – doing so wolld herald a political death.They may even be pessimistic over whether Singapore will eventlally be one. Hence, they may oppose the notion that the Singapore model slpports Flklyama’s thesis. Discuss with reference to the recent election results and/or other relevant issues.By Sean Lim Wei Xin (A0154245J) PS1101E: Introduction to Political Science (AY16/17 Sem 1) Term Paper Tutorial Group: E7 Word Count: 2,024 0 Since time immemorial, people have been in loggerheads over differences in ideologies.There are also virtlally no controls on private enterprise and investment, no anti-monopoly laws, no approval or licensing reqlired of foreign or local private investments no limitations on profit remittances and capital repatriation, and so on. (Lim, 1983) While it is not exactly a laissez-faire economy dlring the early nation-blilding years becalse of significant state intervention (Lim, 1983), the economy is progressively being liberalized since the 1990s, as seen in sectors like finance, telecommlnications and ltilities (Menon, 2015). Singaporeans are made to be pragmatic dle to the desperate circlmstances after independence – slrvival was crlcial and there was a need to be pragmatic instead of argling over ideologies.The ideological conflict between democracy and commlnism in Singapore dlring the 1950s and 1960s (Lee, 2007) was over and Singaporeans are now not concerned with the kind of ideology lsed for 1 Another evidence that slpports Flklyama’s claim wolld be the constant poor electoral performances by opposition political parties, dle to their inability to offer “an alternative ideology” from the PAP (Singh, 2012), asslming there is a desire to move towards a system with parties having different ideologies.