After Saturday’s upset win, some people have been saying that the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) will lose the next General Election (GE). Worker’s Party (WP) secretary-general Low Thia Khiang has been trying to pull the wind out of such talk by cautioning Singaporeans not to read too much into the victory in Punggol East.
He is right.
I think Mr Low hit it right on the money by saying we can't take a by-election result as barometer of what is going to happen in the next GE. The next GE is schedule in 2016, 3 years later, a lifetime in politics. There’s a lot of time for the PAP to work out what went wrong and fix the problems. Also this is a by-election, which is very different from a GE.
Frankly despite all the talk, I doubt Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is losing too much sleep when the PAP still holds a decisive 80-7 advantage in Parliament. Supporters of the opposition should celebrate the improbable victory in Punggol East, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.
There’s still a long, long way to go before the PAP majority is threatened.