Monday, January 28, 2013

Hold Your Horses

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.  


Cantona's collar said...

It's the equivalent of Aston Villa playing 10-man defence and beating Man United 1-0 via penalty in the last second of extra time in the FA Cup final. Sure it gives Villa the Cup, but does that mean Villa can be good enough to be Premier League champions?

Get a grip, people!

Charles Soon said...

In 1980 Olympics (?) a unfancied US Ice Hockey Team of college undergraduates beat the reigning World Champion USSR Ice Hockey Team.

WP please work towards that same achievement ... keep your heads on your shoulders; prod diligently...
make those millionaire Ministers & Ministers of State work for the money we are paying them.

Your KPI Wp is to make sure the PAP get less than 58 seats in Parliament.

Anonymous said...

Aiyoh, you believed what LTK says meh...they want the civil servants to think that they are on the PAP side, and they need to win the Civil Service over to their side. Slowly they will show you their true colours lah.....

Now, they agreed with whatever the government says, cause they are small in numbers...and PM Lee is not will be too late for him leow..

Ghost said...

I think there's a long, long way to go before anyone can talk about PM Lee being not careful or the civil service changing sides. Guys, don't count your chicken before they hatch. Even the WP is not saying such things. Like Cantona's collar said, "Get a grip, people!"