In Singapore the campaign for Tuesday's (December 23) elections has entered its final stages, but Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew is in a strong position with government candidates running unopposed in 37 of the country's seventy-five seats.
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TRANSCRIPT: Lee Kuan Yew: "Let me ... let me pose to you the problem. I can make them cut out the nonsense. But the problem is deeper than that. The problem is to get 100 per cent co-operation. That's not easy, that is the crux of productivity. If you work according to rules, your productivity must go down, and that's where I hold SIA management to blame."
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Background: In Singapore the campaign for Tuesday's (December 23) elections has entered its final stages, but Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew is in a strong position with government candidates running unopposed in 37 of the country's seventy-five seats.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Lee's ruling People's Action Party (PAP) has been in power since Singapore gained independence from Britain in 1959. In that time the island state has been turned into a major industrial and financial centre in south-east Asia. The PAP is campaigning on the theme of continuity and consolidation.
There are seven opposition parties contesting the election. Although they do not expect to oust the Government, they hope to win some seats and provide a voice in Parliament other than that of Mr. Lee's PAP. The Barisan Socialist party is fielding four candidates, including its chairman Dr. Lee Siew Chow. The United People's Front, a merging of leftist groups, says it will contest 20 seats.
No opposition members have been elected to Parliament since 1968, and Prime Minister Lee has said he considers an opposition presence in Parliament disruptive to the country's economic and social progress. Mr. Lee stressed the need for co-operation at an election rally.