Tuesday, September 1, 2015
GE 2015: Getting that 5% to cross over
WP is a mess when it comes to making sure the TC finances are in order. We cannot understand why they couldn't hire a competent finance manager to make sure everything was in order. Is it true that what residents do not see the WP is less on the ball? But this is also true with the PAP. It is true everywhere. No wonder the Bible also warned us to be diligent even if the boss isn't watching because God is. Sadly the fear of God is uncommon these days. People do what they want as long as they are confident of not getting caught. I think it is only a matter of time.
One is a kettle and the other is a pot. Nobody calls you black if you refrain from judging each other.
To cut the very long chat short I finally suggested to him perhaps all the PAP want is to swing at least 5% of the votes in Aljunied toward the PAP this round. Just get the WP heavy weights out of parliament is good enough. As long as the PAP is not afraid of losing power they are also unafraid of bullying others. They have to judge the trade offs to be a net positive and determine the balancing point of not bullying too much and making WP look bad enough to gain that 5%. PAP must be pleased that all 89 seats are likely to be contested. The fear factor among voters of a freak outcome is much higher.
Here is the dilemma: if we have more opposition members in parliament the PAP spend less time in governance and more time in politics, it is more sensitive to voters' sentiment but will also trade off the long term for the immediate. If we have very few opposition MPs then the PAP becomes arrogant and will drop "With you, for you" and only keep "For Singapore" That is just the politically sweet way of saying the government will serve the interests of the elites from which it gets the revenue to fund programs for the middle ground and the poor. This is something they are still perplexed why people are unhappy - make the rich richer so that we have money for everyone. That is because they have a very narrow concept of living and humanity! This is translated from us to them that they are out of touch and out of reach elites.
Posted by PengYou at 8:18 AM