Reform Party seeks to abolish GRCs, cites lack of minority SMC MPs

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The Reform Party (RP) on Sunday (Sep 6) pushed for the abolition of the Group Representation Constituency (GRC) system as they took issue with the lack of minority Members of Parliament in single seats.

In their third rally in this election, Mr Kumar Appavoo, who is running in Radin Mas SMC, said: “Why is the issue of minority coming up (again and) again? We need to look after the welfare of people regardless of race, because different cultures have different issues.”

The GRC system was created in 1988 as a way to ensure minority representation in Parliament.

In 2011, Mr Michael Palmer became the first minority candidate the People’s Action Party fielded in a Single-Member Constituency (SMC) — Punggol East. He won the seat but resigned the following year over an extramarital affair.

On Sunday, the RP urged voters to send more minority candidates into Parliament via SMCs. In this election, there are four challengers in SMCs who are from minority ethnic groups, including one independent candidate.

Mr Kumar said he would learn dialects such as Teochew and Hokkien to better connect with residents.

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