Could it be the fact that people these days are more vocal (less political apathetic) or are there more and more people getting increasingly dissatisfied with the present Gahmen?
Like the US and Taiwan, who regularly have popularity polls of their respective leader, I wonder how our PM Lee would fare if we have a poll today?
So anyway, we were talking about the coming elections in a few years' time and I am sure that there would be more people speaking up than before.
But the way I see it, the PAP would return to power successfully and continue yet another term in total power.
What if PAP return to power with a majority of the votes but loses Ang Mo Kio GRC?
Yes, I am thinking what would Singapore be like with a PAP gahmen without Lee Hsien Loong?
Look at the previous election. Granted that PM Lee won his constituency by a comfortable 66.14% of the votes but if you look at this from the other end, 5 relatively unknowns, running on the Worker's Party ticket, came in and just walked away almost effortlessly with nearly 50,000 votes.
That is really something to think about. And something for PM Lee to think about too.
Given that there has been lots of public displeasure at how the current economy, cost of living as well as the Mas Selamat, Merrill Lynch, UBS and the latest minibombs cases were handled, I am sure, there are even more people buay song with the Gahmen today then in 2006.
Yes, I think there will be a change in the political climate come 2011 although it won't be as drastic as the US, Malaysia and Taiwan.
And if you take the entire island's popular votes during the 2006 elections into count, the PAP lost nearly 9% of the votes as compared to the previous election.
At the rate the are running the island, we will see the PAP continue to lose votes.
Still, it is a few years before we reach 2011, who knows what would happen during this period?
Perhaps Merrill Lynch, UBS, Integrated Resorts as well as the other big spending projects would finally turn around after hitting bottom? Then perhaps it would be perfect timing come 2011 for the PAP to say "Hey, we were right all along. We already foresee this coming when we made the decision to invest in what seemingly then were loss-making ventures?
A big gamble, if you ask me, which could go either way. The PAP better pray that they wagered on the right horse for which if all these do turn out to be duds, I won't be surprised if they continue to lose another 9% or even more come 2011.
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Wednesday, 5 November 2008 1:35 pm :: http://the-hb-diaries.blogspot.comVote for opposition!!!
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Wednesday, 5 November 2008 8:50 pm ::THB: But only if the opposition candidate is credible.
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Friday, 7 November 2008 8:34 amDuring election the govt always promise a grand plan or like a master plan where they chart for many years down the road. I was wondering if anyone actually track the materalisation of these plans many years down the road...probably the opposition but you think the oppostion will be so "on" to follow up years later?? Any comment on this?
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Friday, 7 November 2008 4:10 pm ::Elsa: Then let me ask you this. Can you remember what the Gahmen promised us during the elections?