A SG Leaks Exclusive. In a closed door dialogue with his grassroots leaders, Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin declared that the People's Action Party (PAP) is politically stupid. Minister Tan felt that if all the PAP wanted to do was to stay in power (and collect their million dollar salaries), then the PAP should just give the people what they wanted. So if the people wanted their CPF back, then the government should just give it to them. After all, if the PAP obliged, then the PAP can be assured of at least another two or three terms in power.
This then begs the question of why the PAP does not give in. The answer is simple. If the PAP gives in to populist demands, it will be left to our children and our children's children to pay the price. As a responsible government, the PAP cannot in their good conscience do this.