14 September 2015

GE 2015: Thank You Singaporeans ...

Thank you, the following people in GE 2015:

▪ The 677,238 voters, or 30.1 per cent of the total valid vote cast, who kept faith with the Opposition.

▪ Some of the 47,315 voters, or 2.1 per cent of the total vote cast, who caused their vote to be rejected, assuming that they couldn't bring themselves to vote for either the Opposition or PAP. Their action denied PAP of the bragging rights to a possibly even higher percentage vote.

▪ The 281,697 voters who voted for WP, especially the 82,941 voters in Aljunied GRC and Hougang SMC who kept these electoral constituencies with WP despite the national swing toward PAP and the 15,801 voters in Punggol East SMC who almost managed to keep the constituency with WP.

▪ The 15,801 voters in Punggol East SMC, representing 48.2 per cent of the valid vote, who voted for WP. Even though PAP regained this electoral constituency which it had lost in a by-election in 2013, this is the only electoral constituency where the Opposition increased its share of the valid vote, from 45.5 per cent (or 41.0 per cent for WP excluding SDA's share) in GE 2011.

▪ The 84,770 voters who voted for SDP and gave it a credible percentage notwithstanding the national swing toward PAP, and the second highest vote among the Opposition parties.

▪ The voters who would have wanted to vote for WP or SDP but not the Opposition parties that contested in their electoral constituencies, for showing unambiguously that too many Opposition parties contesting a general election is a tactical and strategic mistake. Until the balance of power between PAP and the Opposition parties changes, it reduces the Opposition parties' share of the vote, instead of increasing it; it reduces the number of elected Opposition MPs, instead of increasing it; it results in Opposition MPs remaining as Opposition MPs. It severely hinders achieving or even defeats their goal, and the aspiration of their many supporters, of having an effective check and balance in Parliament and of having enough Opposition MPs from among whom would emerge a core to form an effective alternative government in the future when the PAP fails. To achieve their goal, the Opposition parties must change their mindset; the minnows must accept that they must exit the political stage for the good of the Opposition, Opposition supporters and the country.

▪ The voters in Bukit Batok SMC, MacPherson SMC and Radin Mas SMC who reminded candidates who would not heed the lesson from Punggol-East SMC by-election in 2013 that they would be severely punished in a three-cornered fight. All these candidates lost their election deposit. Unfortunately, it appears that NSP still is not convinced despite the thrashing it received in MacPherson.

▪ The active volunteers of the Opposition parties who toiled against the odds.

▪ The people and organisations that provided donations and other funding to the Opposition parties to enable them to fight a good fight.

▪ PAP's Lim Boon Heng, whose ambiguous answers as to whether he would be contesting in Aljunied GRC, might have led WP to keep its "A" team there intact and in so doing helped to ensure that WP won the electoral contest there.

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Notes

1. The statistics above are based on the voters casting their vote in Singapore, and exclude the voters overseas.


This article was updated on 17 September 2015 6:55 pm.

2 comments:

  1. You should also thank all those who voted for PAP. They will be rewarded with a 9% hike in GST in 2016. CPF withdrawal age increased from 55 to 58 and pay outs starting at 65 instead of 62. Well they will also be rewarded with more friends from India under the CECA arrangement and with more PRC girls to steal their husbands. Way to go.

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  2. I played a small part, extremely unlikely to sway any district, by urging friends and relatives that though they want to vote against PAP, not to do so because they have crap opposition parties in their wards. They are not to spoil their votes but to vote for PAP. Let's get the weaker ones out of the way.

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