Singapore is renowned as an Asian powerhouse, boasting a clean government, a thriving economy and social cohesion.

Much of this nation's prosperity has been attributed to the ruling People's Action Party (PAP), which has been in power for more than 50 years.

But critics say Singapore's success has come at the price of freedom of expression and real democracy.

This year's general election sees an unprecedented number of opposition candidates contesting, reflecting a groundswell of discontent against the PAP.

This week on 101 East, we ask if Singapore is ready for a political change.

Joining us to discuss Singapore's elections are Siew Kum Hong, the former nominated Singapore MP; and Eugene Tan, a political commentator.

This 101 East episode can be seen from Thursday, May 5, 2011 at the following times GMT: Thursday: 2230; Friday: 0930; Saturday: 0330; Sunday: 1630.

Source: Al Jazeera