utopia wrote:I'm interested to know why you think this is relevant ? is Singapore not overwhelming Chinese anyway with or without quota ? With the size of GRC electoral boundaries, do you really think the presence of racial quotas would make a difference in voting patterns ?
Of course: it makes it impossible to create a viable Malaysian-style opposition coalition that caters to the interests of minorities, since -- even when combined -- the minorities can never outweigh the majority.
Now, I'm not a huge fan of the current Malaysian political setup, but at least their system ensures that the minorities get some
voice. In Singapore, the tokens in the GLCs are neutered: everybody belongs to the PAP, so they can either vote with the party or get kicked out of Parliament.
Is it really such a dramatic, devastating impact that because the country HAS social engineering and (some) families were denied from buying HDB flats (but not private housing) due to the racial allocations based on what already exists in that suburb / electorate ?
What is a better solution?
Ah, now that's a good question.
While I don't entirely agree with the means, and while I don't believe in the party line that you are spouting about why they're doing it, I do
agree that the net effect of forced mingling is probably better than the alternative of race ghettos.
The bigger question, though, is would race ghettos have developed on their own? In countries with this problem (France, Australia etc), the inhabitants of the ghettos are invariably poor migrants who have no choice
but to move to the cheapest, least desirable housing. Add in decentralized systems of government that ensure that the poorest areas also have the smallest budgets to fix their problems, and you get a bit of a death spiral.
In Singapore, the wealth distribution between the races, while not entirely flat, is not dramatically skewed, and since governance is centralized, there are no dramatic differences in the upkeep or maintenance of various HDB areas. (Unless you happen to live in an Opposition ward, of course...) And while there are poor immigrants in Singapore, they are not allowed to purchase HDBs anyway until they are well-off enough to acquire PR/citizenship.