More than 70/87 seats to be contested

Channel NewsAsia has reported that ALL seats would be contested by the opposition [http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1114574/1/.html]. I hope their report is accurate, because to me, it seems to be ‘most seats’, not ‘all seats’. ‘All’ is an absolute term which is quantifiable i.e. 87/87. I don’t know who is the reporter who wrote the article, but he or she should be more careful of using such an absolute term lol.

 

As I’m curious, I compiled a list of which party is going to contest where, based on Channel NewsAsia reports. Electoral wards which are in bold means there might be more than one opposition party contesting them.

 

WP:

– Aljunied (5)

– East Coast (5)

– Moulmein-Kallang (4)

– Hougang (1)

– Joo Chiat (1)

Punggol East (1)

Sengkang West (1)

– Whampoa (1)

 

Total: 19

 

Reform Party:

– West Coast (5)

– Chua Chu Kang (5)

Radin Mas (1)

– Pioneer (1)

Hong Kah North (1)

 

Total: 13

 

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP):

– Tanjong Pagar (5)

– Marine Parade (5)

 

Total: 10

 

NSP:

– Tampines (5)

– Jurong (5)

 

Total: 10

 

SDA:

– Pasir Ris-Punggol (6)

Punngol East (1)

Radin Mas (1)

Seng Kang West (1)

 

Total: 9

 

SPP:

– Bishan-Toa Payoh (5)

– Potong Pasir (1)

Hong Kah North (1)

 

Total: 7

 

SDP:

– Bukit Panjang (1)

– Holland-Bukit Timah (4)

 

Total: 5

 

Constituencies which have not been openly staked: Ang Mo Kio (6), Nee Soon (5), Mountbatten (1), Yuhua (1), Sembawang (5). However, according to previous reports, it is likely Yuhua will be contested by NSP, SDP or RP (or together). SDA has previously identified Mountbatten too. Sembawang was contested by SDP in the last elections, so it might return there again. As for Nee Soon, WP’s Organising Secretary Yaw Shin Leong through his blog has implied that WP might be contesting there. SDP might enter the fray, as part of Nee Soon was drawn from Sembawang.

 

So it seems only Ang Mo Kio GRC, anchored by PM Lee, remains competition-free. Lol, Channel NewsAsia, who is going there? Assuming that one party has the guts to challenge PM Lee, that means every eligible S’porean would have the chance to vote!

 

The last time every single constituency was fought over was in…1963! Back then Parliament was known as the Legislative Assembly, and Singapore was still a state in Malaysia.

 

One might be puzzled why there are so many opposition parties in S’pore. Strangely enough, the DPP, which emerged from its ten-year-long nap, wants to take on MM Lee and SM Goh. Obviously they can’t win, because both of them are sufficiently popular. To expose its (new) candidates to electoral fights? Or to give voters a choice? What is their ideology, what are they going to do? No one knows…yet.

 

The opposition parties are not all the same. Of course, common to them runs the theme of political reform i.e. less restrictive rules on public demonstrations. Other than that, most S’poreans do not know about their ideologies or policies. It is during the campaigning period, or even now, that we can expect them to publicise about their stuff. This is good for S’poreans, because in a competitive market, with a wider range of choices, consumer welfare ultimately improves, even if the quality of some products is dubious. But to each to his taste, and having a choice is better than no choice at all.

 

Having said so much, I’m glad my ward (Jurong) will be contested, though I can’t vote. Oh well, at least I can attend the election rallies.

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