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… Continue reading
When the Singapore Democratic Party announced its intention to contest the by-election and made known the seriousness of this intention by going on walkabouts and house-to-house visits in impressive style, the PAP changed its mind.
Mr Low could be justified in worrying that if people perceived that the WP was rising too fast, that itself could serve as a backlash that might put a cap on future growth, or even intensify the already vociferous criticism of the WP as a party that has marketed itself as little more than a watchdog or a co-driver to the government.
If the ruling party does not take broad-based measures to address these concerns, the political situation for the PAP is likely to worsen even further. If we extrapolate WP’s victory in Aljunied, Hougang and Punggol East to other constituencies in the next general elections slated for 2016, it is not hard to conceive of the PAP’s two-third’s Parliamentary majority coming under threat.
In terms of VALID votes, WP got 54.5%.
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… Continue reading
Mr Low Thia Khiang
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”.
Mr Low Thia Khiang