The elections are over and Singaporeans have spoken with their votes.
Despite the People’s Action Party return to power, they only garnered slightly more than 60% of the overall electorate. Had there not been a GRC system, we’d have been able to see 40% of the seats in parliament taken up by strategic partnership parties Members of Parliament.
Nevertheless, Singapore now has a bigger number of non-PAP MPs in parliament represented by members of Workers’ Party. It is also a first for Singapore’s history to have our first Malay-Muslim MP who is non-PAP. Hopefully, his presence will translate to more support and changes for our Malay community beyond the ‘Yes’ man.
Several near wins by PAP especially in Potong Pasir also means that we could possibly see Potong Pasir being split into smaller areas to be ‘eaten’ up by neighbouring GRCs in the coming General Election due by 2016 to ensure that it won’t be recaptured by the Singapore People’s Party.
The 2011 General Elections has no doubt been one that has been exciting.
Singaporeans will now be keeping a close look at how the Workers’ Party plan to manage Aljunied GRC as well as shape policies in parliament and observe how the PAP plans to make changes or keep to its’ promises as this will determine how voters will vote in the next General Elections.
With Chiam See Tong now out of parliament and Lina Chiam replacing her husband in there as a Non-Constituent MP, I’m sure the few voters who had caused for rejected votes must be thinking if they had made the right choice if they had truly supported Lina because her loss is one of an absolutely narrow margin.
A stronger mandate no doubt has been given to the strategic partnership parties and I’m sure in the coming general election, they’ll be fighting to get more seats provided the Workers’ Party team in Aljunied GRC proves that an alternative party can still do a good job.
Personally, I’m a little disappointed with the results especially with so many near losses. Similarly, the crowd at Ang Mo Kio’s MacDonald’s were just as disappointed as the results were unveiled. Many were seen cursing and swearing at PAP’s win in several contests; Holland-Bukit Timah, East Coast, Joo Chiat, Potong Pasir and Punggol East.
I am however excited to see whether the current Aljunied Town Council team are really there to serve the Aljunied GRC residents or are they just there for the PAP and now that 3 appointment holders have been ousted from Parliament – Who Will Replace Them?
George Yeo – Foreign Minister
Lim Hwee Hwa – Second Minister for Finance and Transport
Zainul Abidin Rasheed – Senior Minister of State
There’ll also be a new Speaker of Parliament as well since PM has made it clear that Zainul will only be the Speaker should he be re-elected. This also means that George and Zainul can now contest for the post of Presidency against Abdullah Tarmugi if they want to earn good money for waving and shaking hands.