Reading the article, it would appear the "mixed reactions" are defined as:
1. PAP MPs and ministers (Lim Boom Heng, Lee Hsien Loong and Teo Ser Luck) in agreement;
2. Opposition MPs (Sylvia Lim and Low Thia Khiang - both Workers Party) in disagreement; and
3. The lone "neutral" academic (Eugene Tan) guessing why the PAP might think this is a good idea, with no opinion of his own.
1. The opinions of ordinary Singaporeans do not matter. CNA either did not seek their opinions or considered them of too little importance to publish, even as a non-scientific poll.
2. Only the Workers Party represent the Opposition in Singapore. No mention of whether the other opposition MP, Chiam See Tong had anything to say or declined the interview. No mention of what the other political parties think. I guess the others are only there to help reinforce the idea that Singapore cannot possibly be repressive if there are "so many" opposition parties. Never mind what they think or feel about issues.
Finally, it appears CNA will happily quote MPs and ministers without even noting apparent contradictions. Here's what Lim Boon Heng said:
Choosing your representative in Parliament is a serious matter. So I think it is a good idea to allow people to reflect what has been said during the campaign period and then to make a considered decision on how they would vote on Polling Day.
And then Teo Ser Luck seems to happily suggest something completely different:
"Mr Low could be reading too deep into such an action. I think cooling-off could be good, whether for the opposition or the main party to consolidate and take a breather and to review their positioning.
"I don't believe it would have that great an impact on anyone. It would give people some time to consider but, as I say, some of them would have decided before the nine days of campaigning begin.
"And a lot of Singaporeans would almost look at the whole GE as uneventful, as their life would go on as per normal. But for another segment of the society, it would impact. But I wouldn't look at it as the majority."
So, we are now told the election is serious yet uneventful ... ow ... my brain hurts.
By the way, it is rather telling, what Teo Ser Luck said. What is the point of "allowing the political parties time to consolidate, take a breather and review their positions" during the "cooloff" period when they cannot influence the electorate from then on other than through "Party Political Broadcasts" and "News reports"? Well, it is not too much of a stretch to say the PAP enjoys a *massive* advantage where broadcast and news access is concerned. You can be sure they will make full use of this access too ... after all, the PAP has never shied from taking advantage of gross imbalances in the political playing field.
To the Opposition, some advice - please stop playing the "this is unfair" card. I am fairly sure a good number of Singaporeans know that at some level. Stop wasting your energy crying foul and start convincing us that you can form a reasonable government capable of tackling the issues facing this nation without resorting to the out-of-touch policies of the PAP. I cannot speak for others, all I want from you are signs you will have at least an inkling of an idea of what to do if voted into power (not just to deny the PAP a 2/3 majority). I want to know how you will run the government, what your policies will be. And yes, I get very annoyed when all you do is cry foul or tell us to vote opposition just because there is no opposition and that you "support democracy". I know that, I do not need to be reminded.