SM Goh recently said that Group Representation Constituencies, or GRCs, play a role in convincing able and successful young Singaporeans to risk their careers for politics. But this does not mean that GRC stands for Guaranteed Risk-free Career, lah.
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Audio file for the mrbrown show 28 June 2006: guaranteed risk-free career
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Excerpt from the Straits Times:
GRCs make it easier to find top talent: SM
Without good chance of winning at polls, they might not be willing to risk careers for politics
By Li Xueying
SENIOR Minister Goh Chok Tong yesterday gave a new take on the role of Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs) in Singapore politics.
Their role is not just to ensure minorities are adequately represented in Parliament, he said. They also contribute to Singapore's political stability, by 'helping us to recruit younger and capable candidates with the potential to become ministers'.
'Without some assurance of a good chance of winning at least their first election, many able and successful young Singaporeans may not risk their careers to join politics,' Mr Goh said at an event marking the appointment of members to the South East Community Development Council (CDC).
'Why should they when they are on the way up in the civil service, the SAF, and in the professions or the corporate world?'
But he was quick to add that GRCs themselves do not guarantee victory...