Nomination Day is tomorrow, and the twists and turns just keep on coming. The latest twist came with the surprise withdrawal by the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) from the by-election of Punggol East SMC.
With the withdrawal of the SDP, and with the Workers' Party
(WP) already unveiling Ms. Lee Li Lian as their candidate, there is now
pressure for other opposition parties to withdraw and clear the field for a
straight fight between the WP and the ruling People’s Action Part (PAP). The
thinking is that if the opposition unite behind one candidate, he or she would
have a good chance against the PAP candidate, Dr Koh Poh Koon.
Sorry but that’s dreaming.
I’m sorry but I feel the opposition is counting their chicks
before they hatch. No matter how many candidates there are in the by-election,
whether or not there is a multi-corner fight in the by-election, Dr Koh is
going to be the favorite. Punggol East voters will most likely vote for the PAP
candidate no matter who the opposition parties fielded.
I mean it’s Punggol! The opposition has an uphill climb in
that ward and the PAP has a massive advantage there. Sorry but I just can’t see
the opposition winning the seat.