No one expected such a move from PM Lee

Yesterday (13 July) in Parliament, PM Lee trolled the opposition parties in Singapore when he announced that he had kept the formation of the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC) under wraps for the last two months.


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Understandably, the opposition parties in Singapore were not too happy. The Opposition were almost united in calling the Prime Minister to ensure that there will be a reasonable amount of time buffer between the release of the EBRC’s report and the dissolution of the Parliament.

They also released their own reactions to show how miffed they were.

MustShareNews.com takes you through their reactions.

1. Singapore Democratic Party

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) was pretty peeved by the troll. In the statement released on their website, the SDP requested PM Lee to ensure that at least two months of buffer period will be given.

ensure that at least two months are given from the time of the announcement of the new boundaries to the dissolution of Parliament

– Singapore Democratic Party

The SDP also expressed their dismay at PM Lee for not announcing the formation of the EBRC when it was formed.

It is shocking that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong chose not to announce the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee when he appointed it two months ago.

– Singapore Democratic Party

SDP Secretary-General, Chee Soon Juan is obviously not happy about the shock he received from PM Lee.

2. People’s Power Party

The new political party in town led by politician veteran Goh Meng Seng is also not happy.

The People’s Power Party chief spoke to the media about his request for a buffer period of around two to three months once the report is released, promising a good fight if a reasonable amount of buffer period is given.

It’s not fair to us … After the report is out, at least give about two to three months, then we can have a good showing.

-PPP Founder Goh Meng Seng

Check out our report on Goh Meng Seng and his newly-formed People’s Power Revolution Party here.

3. Workers’ Party

It was Workers’ Party (WP) Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Yee Jenn Jong who had probed PM Lee about the formation of the EBRC. Mr Yee spoke on the behalf of his party to the media that the steps taken to call for election should be made transparent.

It will make (for) a fairer democratic system if the review of electoral boundaries is based on a known timeline, independent of when elections will be held

– NCMP Yee Jenn Jong

The WP also repeated calls for a time period of at least six to twelve months between the release of the reports and Nomination Day, where each party is slated to announce their candidates.

Six to twelve months is pretty a long time — are the Workers’ Party actually unprepared?

Or is this just troll bait from Low Thia Khiang?

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4. National Solidarity Party

The President of the National Solidarity Party (NSP), Sebastian Teo, suggest that a September 2015 General Elections would be a great disadvantage for opposition parties, since there will be little time to get organised.

We will have a shorter time to plan which areas to focus on and to study the formations of the Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs).

– NSP President Sebastian Teo

TL;DR: Sebastian Teo goes full Captain Obvious with his statement to the media.

5. Singaporeans First

Chairman of the Singaporeans First (SingFirst), Ang Yong Guan, commented that SingFirst is prepared for any change in the electoral boundaries.

Dr Ang also pointed out that the changes in the electoral boundaries may not be significant since the efforts of the Members of Parliament of the People’s Action Party (PAP) may be loss if the boundary shifts are too drastic.

All the goodwill and effort made by the existing MP will also be lost.

– SingFirst Chairman Ang Yong Guan

Looks the boundary shifts will not be drastic after all according to Dr Ang.

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6. Democratic Progressive Party

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is looking on the bright side of life. The DPP Secretary-General, Benjamin Pwee, told the media that his party will adjust to the political situation and shift their strategy accordingly.

As long as the number of GRCs do not change significantly, we are not likely to see drastic changes to the boundaries

– DPP Secretary General Benjamin Pwee

Now that is a good attitude from the DPP, in choosing be positive and preparing for readjustment instead of whining.

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The Secretary General further commented on his wish to see the abolishing of the Group Representation Constituency (GRC) system and implementing more Single Member Constituencies (SMC).

What we would like to see, is fewer GRCs, and more SMCs, where electoral candidates get voted into Parliament on the basis of their own individual credibility.

– DPP Secretary General Benjamin Pwee

7. Singapore Democratic Alliance

The Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA)’s chairman, Desmond Lim, issued a similar statement from the DPP.

Desmond Lim commented that the SDA will continue working the ground at Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC and adjust accordingly to the shifts in the electoral boundaries.

8. The Reform Party

The Reform Party (RP) represented by Chairman Andy Zhu had a confident approach. The RP Chairman commented that the redrawing of the boundaries will not have a serious impact on the party”s plan.

The RP will be adopting a zen wait-and-see approach about the EBRC’s report as confirmed by Mr Zhu.

The engines are starting

PM Lee’s surprising announcement signals that the election is certain to take place very very soon — it may just a matter of months.

The opposition parties in Singapore were slightly stunned by the announcement but since walkabouts for many of the opposition parties have already started, they might actually more prepared for the General Election than you think.

The engine for all political parties are already warming up for the long road ahead — this election is going to be real exciting, trust me.

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