A Victory of the People

January 29, 2013 by · 5 Comments
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By Dr Patrick Kee
29 January 2013

The people of Punggol East have given democracy a big boost in Singapore. Their vote was not a vote against the government but a vote for a government of the people, by the people and for the people. We need to remember that the opposition is as much a part of the government as well as the party in power.

The results of the Punggol East by-election is a wake-up call to all political parties. The Reform Party and the SDA provided the opportunity for the people of Punggol East to demonstrate their political maturity. Unfortunately they were both struck down by the hammer and lightning and lost their pants! Their unfortunate loss should be seen as the sacrifice to showcase the wisdom of the residents of Punggol East. The SDP very wisely listened to the voice of the people and did not fall for the bait of the PAP.

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Why the PAP lost so badly in the Punggol East by-election

January 28, 2013 by · 10 Comments
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By Dr Wong Wee Nam
28 January 2013

The results of the Punggol East by-election surprised everyone. People expected a very close fight. No one expected PAP, by its own standards, to be thrashed by such a wide margin. Even the professional forecasters who make a living offering odds thought that the PAP was going to win by 1000 votes.

What then went wrong?

When Michael Palmer resigned his seat, the Prime Minister saw no urgency to call for a by-election. He said that there were some national issues to be settled first. On hindsight, perhaps he should have stuck to this initial intention. Unfortunately he did not.

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Why WP is quick to caution voters about extrapolating Punggol East results

January 27, 2013 by · 2 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
27 January 2013

The Worker’s Party is clearly unprepared for a win of this magnitude, and wants to emphasize to voters that it will not try to bite off more than what it can chew. This is seen by WP Sec-Gen Mr Low Thia Khiang’s statement on Sunday that “people should not read too much into the Punggol East by-election results”.

“You can’t take the by-election result as one that is going to be the trend in the future,” Mr Low told reporters before the party’s victory parade.

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A watershed by-election for WP and the long road ahead

January 27, 2013 by · 1 Comment
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Punggol East By-Eleection Results

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Written by Ng E-Jay
27 January 2013

The decisive victory of the Worker’s Party (WP) in the 2013 Punggol East by-election shows that the ground has shifted decisively against the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP). How else would you explain the incredible 10% vote margin that Ms Lee Li Lian scored against her PAP opponent, Dr Koh Poh Koon?

Ms Lee’s electoral score almost mirrors that of WP’s Aljunied Team in the 2011 general elections. In Aljunied GRC, WP had fielded what was widely touted to be its “A” team — the cream of the crop in WP which included no less than the party Sec-Gen as well as the party Chairman — Mr Low Thia Khiang and Ms Sylvia Lim respectively.

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WP wins Punggol East by-election with 53.76% of the total votes cast

January 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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In terms of VALID votes, WP got 54.5%.

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Lee Li Lian’s Note to Voters of Punggol East before Polling Day

January 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Dearest voters of Punggol East and fellow Singaporeans,

The 9-day campaign period for this by-election ends tonight. What an amazing few days it has been! I have had the pleasure and honour of walking the ground in this time, meeting you and hearing your concerns. Punggol East is not new to me – it seems like just yesterday that I was campaigning for the General Election in 2011, and it’s heart-warming to see so many familiar smiling faces as well as new ones.

I have met with many young families with many valid concerns. They worry about the competition their children face in our rigorous education system, and about the costs of raising children right from when they are born, all the way till university. They feel the stress of having to wait in long queues to get their children into a good childcare centre that is near their homes. They wonder if they will be able to pay off their housing loans, cover their parents’ medical bills and give their children the best, all at the same time.

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Vote for WP, Vote for Lee Li Lian

WP speeches — 23 Jan (final rally day for WP)

January 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Mr Low Thia Khiang

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WP by-election rally 22 Jan — Low explains why WP closes door to opposition unity

January 23, 2013 by · 4 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
23 January 2013

In the WP by-election rally held on Tuesday, 22 Jan, Mr Low Thia Khiang explained in Mandarin why the WP has chosen to close the door to cooperating or uniting with other opposition parties. An English translation of this segment of his speech is attached at the end of this article.

During the rally, Mr Low also rebutted recent comments by PM Lee Hsien Loong that the WP does not have strong views and does not raise alternative policies.

Mr Low said that to expect a party with six elected MPs to form an alternative government “is premature and unrealistic”, and reiterated that the WP will not oppose for the sake of opposing. He also said that “if the WP is given the chance to grow strong, we will eventually come up a full set of alternative policies”.

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WP speeches — 22 January

January 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Mr Low Thia Khiang

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