Over the weekend, Singapore’s Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong made a call to the PAP (People’s Action Party) to take back the opposite ward of Hougang.
Now there’s nothing special on that, politicians do it all the time all over the world. What had me wondering was the reason behind this call. The incumbent, Mr Low Thia Khiang, is the head of the Worker’s Party and had scored a crushing win in the last election. In fact I believed he beat Mr Eric Low of the PAP by a record margin for an opposition win. So this call by the Senior Minister surprised me a little because I wondered what has changed.
Eric Low seems that he will be the PAP’s man again in the next elections, so what make Mr Goh Chok Tong think he will do any better this time. After all the problems the Singapore government had this year (the escape of Mas Selamat Kastari, the bad investments by GIC and Temasek, the decline of the Singapore economy, rising prices etc), I would think that the PAP would and should be more worried about keeping their seats than taking over other people’s.
So what has changed since the last election? A hell of a lot; and the PAP should worry less about Hougang or Potong Pasir, and a lot more about their own seats.