I am quoted in this New York Times piece on the Singapore Elections this year, entitled, "In Singapore, the Party in Power Offers New Faces".
The group representation process, which one critic has characterized as “force-feeding” selected candidates into government, has become a target this year for discontent over the selection process.
“It’s just an expression of people’s frustration with the system where any candidate you may not agree with gets a free pass,” said Kin Mun Lee, who goes by the name Mr. Brown on his popular political Web site. “If your guys are good, put them up and give a good fight.”
From the P.A.P.’s point of view, though, it makes good sense, he said. “Their idea is: ‘I spent all this time looking for this talent, and this is my way of getting them into Parliament safely, where they can grow into the role and be all they can be.”’
And also here:
Though many Singaporeans may feel excluded from this closed system of political selection, most end up voting for the People’s Action Party, if only for the constituent services a governing party representative can bring them, said Mr. Brown, the political blogger. “What Singaporeans say and complain about the government and ruling party doesn’t necessarily translate into votes against them,” he said. “It’s always nice to have an opposition, but not in my backyard.”
I am just a little worried because the writer Seth Mydans called me a political blogger and my site a "popular political Web site".
Oi, want to sabo me and get me gazetted ah?