The Opposition will discuss their strategies in the upcoming General Election
According to The Straits Times, the National Solidarity Party (NSP) will organise a meeting for the opposition party this Friday (31 July). This tradition prevents three-way fights which are likely to split the opposition vote — a situation inherently in favour of the incumbent People’s Action Party (PAP).
While the strategy of “divide and conquer” may seem wise, each opposition party has their own set of ideologies and tactics. Could the meeting be useful or just be a complete waste of time?
Whatever the case, we’re pretty sure the meeting will be a juicy affair.
Because we have a little bit of time on our hands, we’ve come up with plausible questions that might pop up at this meeting of the opposition. Some are serious, some are more tongue-in-cheek. That’s just how life is.
9 possible questions opposition parties might ask during the meeting
Workers’ Party (WP)
“Are you sure that you want to contest against us?”
The 2013 Punggol-East by-election saw WP candidate Lee Li Lian gathered 53% of their votes beating PAP’s Koh Poh Koon of 43%. Candidates from Reform Party and Singapore Democratic Alliance lost their deposit for not obtaining enough votes.
Opposition parties going up against WP might not receive much support, and even face the prospect of losing $16,000.
Singapore Democratic Party (SDP)
“Can we have Bukit Batok SMC for ourselves?”
In the 1991 GE, SDP polled 48.2% of Bukit Batok’s votes, losing out to the PAP’s candidate by only 858 votes. In 1997, Bukit Batok was merged with Bukit Timah GRC, but this year, the area has re-emerged as a SMC. SDP has already confirmed their contesting for Bukit Batok, and are confident about it.
Singapore People’s Party (SPP)
“Does anybody else really want to contest in Potong Pasir?”
Potong Pasir was under SPP’s control from 1984 to 2011, thanks to the mercurial Chiam See Tong, with the voters staying with him even when he switched parties. In 2011, Lina Chiam contested and lost just by 114 votes to PAP. She has annouced she will return to reclaim Potong Pasir.
National Solidarity Party (NSP)
“Can we have Tampines to ourselves?”
NSP has contested at Tampines since 1988, and have consistently gained the trust of the residents of the area. In 2011, NSP gained over 42% of Tampines GRC’s votes and the party will most probably be contesting at the area for this GE.
Singaporeans First Party (SingFirst)
“Are there any constituencies nobody is running in?”
SingFirst will be participating in their first-ever GE, and might opt to avoid three-way contests out of prudence. Other parties might to give and take for the greater good.
The Reform Party
“Why have this meeting before consulting us?”
The Reform Party was disappointed with NSP called for opposition meeting before consultation. The party went on saying that it is wrong kind of publicity, but will still attend the meeting, if it is postponed.
Democratic Progressive Party
“Why are all of you complaining so much about the new electoral boundaries?”
DPP were surprised that the changes of the electoral boundaries for the upcoming GE was not as dramatic and extensive as they expected. Their sentiment comes from the fact that the party is still able to stick to their plans of competing at Bishan-Toa Payoh.
People Power Party (PPP)
“Can all of you be the voice of the people in the government?”
Because their motto is: “formed for the People, by the People, to serve the People… ultimately become Government of the people.”
Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA)
“Does anybody want to join us?”
Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) was formed before 2001 GE to provide a common ground for different opposition parties. The SDA was initially an alliance of four political parties: SPP, NSP, the Singapore Justice Party (SJP) and the Singapore Malay National Organization (PKMS).
Let the election games begin!
With the release of the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC) report, the gears of the GE machine have begun moving. Parties have begun walkabouts and have already expressed interest in constituencies they are running in.
All we need is the official announcement of the General Elections.
Let’s see how the different parties will measure up.
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With references from The Straits Times, Wikipedia, SDP Facebook, SingFirst Facebook, The Straits Times, The Reform Party Facebook, Democratic Progressive Party Facebook, People’s Power Party Facebook, Wikipedia