In my earlier entry, I feared that PAP would win the election due to the inclusion of SDA and RP in the polls, where the latter two are likely to split the WP's votes.
I was glad to be proven wrong.
A hearty congratulations to the Worker's Party for capturing another constituency and adding another seat in Parliament.
A hearty congratulations to Ms Lee Li Lian for winning the election the second time round after a valiant first attempt two years ago.
A hearty congratulations to the people of Punggol-East SMC for making themselves heard and sending a reminder to the gahmen, on behalf of the rest of Singapore, that the people are not to be taken for granted.
I am glad that the folks at Punggol-East SMC were smart enough to understand that a vote for either RP or SDA is a vote taken away from WP needed to win the PAP. As such, none of the votes went to SDA and RP, sans the 500-odd sympathy votes.
The result? WP whooped PAP's ass by almost 11%.
One thing we all learn from this by-election is that you need to be physically present during your campaigning and in this case, I was referring to the rallies. A rally on youtube isn't going to be able to replace the actual hustings. 150,000 views converts to a mere 168 votes. Now we know.
What is next to see?
Yes. It is yet another victory for WP but it doesn't mean that the opposition is ready to take over political leadership of this nation. That is still a long way to go.
Come 2016, on top of consolidating their own consituencies, perhaps making another move on neighbouring constituencies like Seng Kang West SMC, Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC?
Question is, does WP have enough credible non-idiot candidates to stand?
Dr Koh Poh Koon vowed to stay on and serve the residents of Punggol-East SMC even if he is not elected.
Let's see if Dr Koh keeps his word.
I doubt it.
Let's see if Kenneth Jeyaratnam will continue to show his face around Punggol-East now that the election is over and he is $14,500 poorer.
No more broken promises? We shall see.
I feel sorry for this little fella but I think if he has another $14,500 stashed somewhere, we will see him again come 2016.
However, instead of rocking the boat that WP is now at the helm, how about working in cooperation with WP and tackle Sengkang West SMC instead?
It is, after all, just next door.
Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!
- Les Miserables - Do You Hear The People Sing?
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