Aljunied GRC: A disinformation campaign that took forever to implement

May 12, 2011 by
Filed under: Current Affairs and Politics 

(An ever-so-slightly tongue in cheek article)

Ever since GE2006, Mr Low Thia Khiang has contemplated stepping out of his Hougang stronghold and venturing into a GRC. To opposition insiders, it was common knowledge. But everyone knew the enormous risk involved.

Every single factor must align up precisely right in order to justify such a huge undertaking — national sentiment, the presence of top notch candidates in WP, the correct party branding, etc. It is only when the ground is deemed sufficiently sweet that Mr Low would dare make such a commitment.

The final decision would come only after the revised electoral boundaries were released in February 2011. It was then that Mr Low made the final decision to contest with Sylvia Lim and newcomer Chen Show Mao in Aljunied GRC.

A disinformation campaign that took forever to implement was initiated by a tight inner circle in WP. Even party faithfuls and cadres were kept in the dark about Mr Low’s true plans.

Painstakingly, “inside information” that Low Thia Khiang would contest in either Moulmein-Kallang or Nee Soon GRC was leaked out from the top echelons within WP. The idea was that Mr Low would try to take down one of these GRCs on his own, while Chen Show Mao and Sylvia Lim would try to take down Aljunied. The WP goal, it was purported, would be to make political history by winning 2 GRCs in a single election.

This misinformation was spread to the PAP moles who took the poison back to their masters.

Even National Solidarity Party’s Goh Meng Seng was in on the disinformation campaign. He pretended to initiate a quarrel with WP over Moulmein-Kallang, when actually the intrepid Sec-Gen had already decided quite early on in the horse-trading that it would let WP contest there.

At a crucial stage in the game, Mr Goh Meng Seng threw WP an impossible curveball: Send either Mr Low or Ms Sylvia Lim to Moulmein-Kallang, and NSP will give up the constituency to WP.

Mr Goh’s purpose in doing so was the reinforce the disinformation campaign that Mr Low was planning to contest in Moulmein-Kallang.

By that time, PAP grassroots volunteers and even members of the PAP Aljunied team had been thrown off track. They knew Mr Low would come out to contest a GRC, but they never expected it would be Aljunied.

Then, on the fateful morning of 27 April, Mr Low Thia Khiang boarded the wrong bus to the wrong nomination centre, and the rest, as they say, is history.


8 Comments on Aljunied GRC: A disinformation campaign that took forever to implement

  1. aurvandil on Thu, 12th May 2011 11:54 am
  2. wink …. I have my own personal blog now. Inspired by Lucky’s story of how he started his blog after GE 2006.

    Drop by to have a look. First blog posting is on a secret election poll conducted during GE 2011.

  3. beth on Thu, 12th May 2011 7:24 pm
  4. i was there at Hougang Town Council on nomination, waiting to go to one of the nomination centre. Mr Low was still there when the others in the Aljunied team left for the centre. the feint came at the last minute.

  5. George Yeo on Thu, 12th May 2011 8:15 pm
  6. Wow!!! Nice strategy!!! Master Sun Tzu would’ve been proud of you Mr. Low. Damn impressive. Great job. Maybe now that part of the wall has collapsed divide and conquer is the next step to push forward!!!

  7. Saycheese on Thu, 12th May 2011 9:00 pm
  8. And we should take this without a pinch of salt?

  9. admin on Thu, 12th May 2011 10:50 pm
  10. @Saycheese, define salt. Sodium chloride, potassium bromide, or caesium ethanoate?

  11. Milch on Fri, 13th May 2011 12:32 am
  12. hmm jus out of curiosity, is this your personal analysis or you have proof to back up the things u said about this “disinformation” campaign secretly planned by the oppositions? at any level it is a game plan that is not privy to public and may actually discredit future opposition candidate contesting for that particular ward, as voters will be wary as to who is sincere about serving their welfare etc.

    In addition, any MP-wannabes have to toll thru many thankless weekday nights and weekends for 5 years just for this GE moment.

    Appreciate if you could update your article accordingly if this is your personal analysis or thru some concrete sources. the last thing we need is to dampen the confidence of the voters who voted in WP.

  13. Ashinigami on Fri, 13th May 2011 1:14 am
  14. OK maybe I am slow politically but… why the effort to bother with a misinformation campaign?

    […] unfairness and disparity in politics and might even lob a Kryptonite or two their way; after the Worker’s Party election misdirection, who knows what else is up the sleeves of our intrepid Low Thia […]

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