The Elections were over quite a few days ago but it took me a few day to digest everything that has come and gone. Hence the relatively late entry which partly is also due to my traveling schedule.
As I have predicted, PAP will return to power but with a lower percentage of the popular vote. PAP's 60.1% was not far from my predicted 59%.
Overall, I am satisfied with the Oppositions' showing although one more GRC and Potong Pasir would have been perfect.
Alas, not everything must be the way I want it to be. It was a collective decision of 2.2 million people.
While I may not be happy with some of the results, I nevertheless accept the outcome regardless.
I only have the following people to talk about.
- Desmond Lim (SDA) - My vote for the most cockanathan cockster of the Elections. Everyone knows that a three-way fight will favour the PAP as votes will only be split amongst the Opposition. Yet despite the knowledge of this, Desmond Lim wedged himself between Michael Palmer (PAP) and Lee Li Lian (WP).
As a result, PAP won with a bigger margin than the nearest challenger and Desmond Lim himself garnered only 4.45% of the votes.
I am happy he lost his deposit as a result.
- Nicole Seah (NSP) - The political future for this girl shines bright as she has won all of our hearts.
While I do not expect her to overthrow ex-Prime Minister/Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong (on her first attempt), I am heartened by her gutsy 43.35% showing.
- Tin Pei Ling (PAP) - As much as we booed her for her backdoor entry into Parliament, the fact remained that she is in. So instead of continuing to throw stones at her, let her have the chance to prove us wrong.
I don't profess to be always right and so I welcome her the chance to make me stand corrected. I hope she does well in her 5-year term. It will be for the good of the people, if she does.
- Mah Bow Tan, Vivian Balakrishnan, Wong Kan Seng - The Three Musketeers of candidates that people most dislike and yet they survived to keep their respective jobs. Despite all their supposedly screw ups, perhaps the people out there are more forgiving than I expect.
- George Yeo - As much as the GRC system was meant to be a way to protect the weaker candidates of the PAP from getting eliminated, karma has a dark humourous way of firing it back in your face as strong candidate George Yeo, who is popular among the people, ended up as the sacrificial lamb of this tragic comedy.
Still, while it may be a loss for Singapore as far as losing a good Foreign Affairs Minister is concerned, I won't feel too sad for him as he should be laughing all the way to the bank with his obscene early pension.
Besides, I am sure PAP would not just let an asset like him go so easily, perhaps a non-political appointment like an ambassador position somewhere?
- Chiam See Tong and Lina Chiam - Perhaps the most heart breaking contest where Chiam See Tong not only lost in his valiant attempt to score a GRC but also lost his Potong Pasir, contested by his wife.
Thus ended Chiam's 27 years of service to the residents of Potong Pasir.
Now the folks of Potong Pasir are up in arms over this loss and have gone around starting a petition in their attempt to change the outcome.
Hello! You should have expected when you anyhowly vote lor.
I am against all protests against the outcome. As far as I was rooting for SPP to retain the Potong Pasir SMC, I nevertheless congratulate Sitoh Yih Pin for winning FAIR AND SQUARE.
If the results can be altered, then how is it fair to the PAP man? Then what is the point of voting in the first place? Can re-vote simply because you don't like the result?
Then can PAP do the same with Aljunied GRC?
The Chiams may have vowed to return in 5 years' time but I doubt if that is going to happen. Sitoh Yih Pin may not return in 5 years too.
The way I see it, now that Potong Pasir has fallen in PAP hands, it will eliminated by merging it into a neighbouring GRC, during the next election, which I suspect would be Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC and thereby kill all chances of The Chiams returning, even if they want to.
Can you spell CHAO KUAN?
Well played, PAP. Well played. SPP is dead.