The learned judges also made it clear that risk applies only in a Single-Member Constituency (SMC). The residents of a Group Representation Constituency (GRC) does not enjoy the same protection that their elected voice will always be heard in parliament. The Singapore Constitution has a special provision for that quirk in a GRC.
In current practice, a political neophyte can be justified to ride the coattails of a "seasoned" MP into parliament, since his/her inexperience is supposed to be balanced by the more senior politicians in the GRC team. But when the old codgers finally kick the bucket while in office, the residents may be shortchanged with a set of fresh faces, still desperately trying to keep up with the demands of the expensive on-the-job-training, stomping in frustration, "I don't know what to say".
PM Lee told the DBS Asia Leadership Dialogue gathering that a sustainable economic model starts with politics, "Because if your politics is wrong, your economics is bound to go wrong." Is that why the Gini coefficient is going off the chart (by getting another 10 billionaires to move to Singapore as the prime minister suggests), the infrastructure is strained to breaking point, and good people don't want to go into politics? In his heyday, Lee Kuan Yew would never allow a divorcee to stain his cabinet line up. Once a strong resolve is compromised, it is inevitable the whole house of cards will start to fall.