Be prepared for a November elections

The Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC) has been formed. The Committee is chaired by the Secretary to Prime Minister. The Elections Department said that its mandate (among others) is to further reduce the average size of the GRCs; and to have more than the current 13 SMCs.

This seems to be straight out of the PAP’s playbook from GE2001.

EBRC takes anywhere between 2 – 6 months to conclude its report. In the General Election of 2001, Parliament was dissolved a day after the EBRC released its report on 17 October 2001. Polling Day was on 3 Nov 2001, barely 2 weeks after EBRC released its report.

Opposition leaders were annoyed with having only a few days of preparation in lieu of the new demarcations.

But PM Goh Chok Tong defended his decision, saying that the circumstances were unique and holding the GE before the economic crisis turned worse was the better option. Singapore then faced the worst economic crisis since independence due to the “9-11″ terrorist attacks in the United States. PM Goh Chok Tong went into the GE as the PM for the final time.

In the 2001 GE, the PAP achieved its third highest score among the general elections it has contested.

The conditions are now similar in that with the trade war between China and the USA, Singapore is at the brink of one of its most severe economic crises. It will be the last time PM Lee Hsien Loong will be leading the PAP team into the GE.

The PAP is expecting similar results to what it achieved in 2001.

We should take issue with the fact that the EBRC is being led by the PM’s Secretary. The PM is a member and leader of a political party that will be contesting in this coming GE.

This is just like a student setting his own questions for an exam he has to take with other students. The student setting the exam questions has an unfair advantage because he not only knows all the questions ahead of the exam, but also the answers!

This is a clear conflict of interest, no different from the conflicts of interest found in the Auditor-General’s report on the various Ministries and Statutory Boards.

GE 2015 was a massive victory for the PAP. It rode on the sympathy wave and a sense of gratitude created by the passing away of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister.

The victory for the PAP has disillusioned the Opposition, who are only now invigorated by the entry of Dr Tan Cheng Bock and his team. Another crushing defeat for the Opposition will only serve to almost completely annihilate them.

But will history repeat itself? Will the people give the PAP a thumping victory like what they did in 2001? Or will they give the bully a bruising black eye at the election?

I believe that a vibrant and energised Opposition will do Singapore good and protect the interests of Singaporeans, especially in an economic crisis.

My call to Singaporeans at this time is to stand with the Opposition. For in standing with them, you will be creating a better Singapore for your loved ones!

 

Ravi Philemon

 

 

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17 Responses to “Be prepared for a November elections”

  • Rabble-rouser:

    Not interested at all! Already been a regular disappointment for so many GEs in as many decades. S’poreans are indeed stupid creatures who are easily fooled.

    One step forward, three steps back is what I called S’pore’s political regression. Talk or write so much no use because S’poreans never learn.

    Even new citizen converts take 2-3 GEs to realize the “truth”. By then, either they abandon S’pore like so many of the Chinamen & China mei-mei (from Geylang) or regressed into silly S’poreans like those “left behind” heartland core of PAP-freebies dependents who greedily eat their “free” chicken wings only to cough up a whole chicken as repayment.

    Enough of all these!

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  • ganeshsk:

    THE EBRC has already finalised the report now is just going thru motion before a snap election. EBRC has been under of the PM office since bygone era. It will take a fool to believe they have not been doing any work until now.

    A November snap election is highly likely given the economy is faltering.

    Just remember to vote PAP for a better future.

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  • It's The End Already:

    Whatever that should be made right should have been done in the last election.

    With new citizens recruited en masse, the scale is tipped.

    Sinkies will have to pay for their mistakes and endure their pain and lunches stolen. Their sons and daughters will have to pay that price too.
    The greedy pigs can expect more good years.

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  • BooLee Diamdiam Sue:

    Save our SG. Save ourselves.

    We should stop guessing when the GE will be and start doing our part to save our country as if tomorrow will be sg’s doomsday.

    If you’re already on the oppositions side, help the oppositions to help us by convincing the people around you (family, relatives, friends, colleagues, neighbours) to vote for the opposition parties.

    To TRE, we need you to step up your game. We appreciate the efforts and hard work you guys have been doing but articles have been few and moderation has been very slow for the past months. With GE just around the corner, can we have more articles and quicker moderation please? It’s now or never. Thanks a lot!

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  • Harder Truths:

    ‘A student setting his own questions’ – you said.

    The examiner is the voting population. Is the examiner’s assessment or the student’s answer the important thing here? The examiner should know bullshit when reading the answer, regardless of the question.

    Regardless of all the gerrymandering of boundaries, suing opposition, buying votes etc. etc., the decision on what happens falls only on the voters.

    there is no use blaming the student because the examiner is an idiot.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    With an IDIOT @The Helm and an AVARACIOUS wife Behind…Fat HOPE…his and the wife’s POSITION is CHOP not chope but CHOPPED on their Forehead… ” I M an IDIOT” & ” I M in CONTROL”

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  • TruBlu:

    So,how PREPARED are our OPPO?
    Blaming sgs for not supporting the individual oppo parties is not right when oppo parties do not *SUPPORT* THE ONE OPPO CAUSE?

    I am cocksure oppo will have a never-before OUTING if they form A STRONG ALLIANCE.
    Wushy-washy n make-shift *agreements* to reserve rights to stand for this or that SMC OR GRC cannot be called an alliance at all.

    Manisfestos are just words to commit.
    But a SOLID ALLIANCE DEMONSTRATES REAL ACTION TO COMMIT.

    So,what are we waiting for?
    Another 20 years to pass us by?
    Like the lyrics to Circle Game by Joni Mitchell says ,* …and the * seasons * ,THEY go round and round…WE are CAPTIVE on the carousel of TIME.
    WE cant return we can ONLY LOOK BEHIND
    From where we came
    And go round and round and round
    in the *CIRCLE GAME*…

    And,then after every OPPORTUNE GE, we hear oppo sgs KPKB???

    I can only hope OPPO HEROES wake up n not ve caught in that *CIRCLE GAME* going round n round n round…

    Like NIKE says so firmly,* JUST DO IT! *

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  • MarBowling:

    Maybe this GE will be very very different and the unexpected may happen!

    His Big Daddy must be kicking and stirring at Mandai trying to get up as he is very very ANGRY with him for being DISHONORABLE. Very ANGRY because Mai Hum and his wifey Holee Jinx have SEVERED relationship with Lee Kayu other beloved children, Lee HY and Lee WL! This Dishonorable FamiLEE action has DESTROYED the LEEGACY of Lee Kayu. Very malu when Lee kayu REGULARLY meets up and chat with his LOONG time comrades, buddies and friends up there! So his ANGER may turn into non-stop ranting at Mai Hum and wifey Holee Jinx. Heaven may answer his ranting and decide to TEACH Mai Hum a good lesson on how A CLOSE FAMILY RELATIONSHIP IS SO VERY IMPORTANT IN OUR ASIAN SOCIETY! Heaven may grant Mai Hum and PAPigs only a 51-55% result in the coming GE!

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  • Spurmugam Darkvinder:

    I notice lots of upgrading at HDB estates recently. These works can take 1 to 6mths.

    Eg. Carpark rebuild.

    Some car parks already rebuilt. So it’s unlikely the GE will be held in a year’s time or later cos the feel good feeling would have died down .

    But this is of course just my opinion. Hope IB don’t sue me given what a litigious country this is.

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  • PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20:

    Ravi Philemon:
    My call to Singaporeans at this time is to stand with the Opposition. For in standing with them, you will be creating a better Singapore for your loved ones!

    Dear Readers,
    Yes, rally time stand with the Opposition for feel good video shoot but at the ballot box vote PAP.

    Because voting Opposition will not create a better Singapore for your loved ones!

    Voting Opposition will only bring chaos to Singapore like Hong Kong.

    One Ang Mo Tua Kee Oxygen claim that Hong Kong police are thugs bullying school children without verifying and understanding the whole event of Hong Kong.

    I reiterated here, HK police crack down on school teens within school compound is unnecessary. There should be better way to do it.

    The question is:
    1. Who influence the school teens to do this ?
    Answer : The teacher. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3XrzKdYA_o

    2. Why all the democracy champion HK MP did not tell their own teens to go on the streets to protest ?
    Answer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaUAI4kZGQw

    3. The coward black shirt rioters are nothing but canon fodder who thinks they are hero. Singaporeans, do not be canon fodder for opposition.

    This Ang Mo Tua Kee Oxygen even claimed that the coward black shirt rioters attacking passenger in Prince Edward station was just an isolated case.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwVX_T9NMJ0

    Yes, he said isolated case and he lied because if you had been following Hong Kong event since July, you will know that Ang Mo Tua Kee Oxygen is lying.

    It is not an isolated case.
    The coward black shirt rioters are harassing/attacking anyone who disagree with them.

    1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CncSvFiiYXQ

    2) http://news.tvb.com/local/5d4805a9e6038361613c4480/%E8%8D%83%E7%81%A3%E6%9C%89%E7%A4%BA%E5%A8%81%E8%80%85%E5%8C%85%E5%9C%8D%E5%8F%8A%E7%A0%B4%E5%A3%9E%E8%AD%A6%E8%BB%8A-%E6%B2%99%E7%94%B0%E6%9C%89%E5%8F%97%E9%98%BB%E5%8F%B8%E6%A9%9F%E6%8C%81%E6%96%A7%E9%A0%AD%E6%8C%87%E5%9A%87

    And now, the people are fighting back the coward masked black shirt rioters.

    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cRAkNAMKzs

    2. https://www...

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  • Unfair competition:

    Yes , life is unfair.
    Nevertheless, I want to point out that or remind everyone that the incumbent has state fundings , state media and machineries , control and climate of fear to compete against parties without any of these advantages.

    So, just want to remind you all that they are not as great as one may perceive . Their true capability is without all these advantages.

    This means even a Danny Ng can look marvelous given these extreme advantages.

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  • oxygen:

    @ PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20:

    OI OI OI RUBBER-TAPPER from Bohleh-land, that UNENFORCED CONFESSION from YOU totally unsolicited from me SPEAKS EVERYTHING about you as an TOTALLY UNREPENTANT LIAR and HK POLICE AS A THUG ENFORCER of their own thugs law.

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20: I reiterated here, HK police crack down on school teens within school compound is unnecessary.

    IF THE SAME THING HAPPENS in Australia of camera evidence, it will be A ROYAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR OF POLICE AS OF NATURAL ORDER and the PRIME MINISTER OF THE DAY WOULD HAVE RESIGNED IMPROMPTU.

    NO VOTERS ACROSS THE POLITICAL DIVIDE DOWN UNDER WILL TOLERATE POLICE VIOLENCE AGAINST KIDS IN SCHOOL nor the bashing violence brutality unneeded and uncalled for against teacher or any other ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

    I saw with my own eyes more than 45 years ago in the Australian cities – the streets rocked by violent anti-Vietnam war demonstrations, but not one instance of police brutality on kids on the side streets nor anyone on public transports or passer-by spectators.

    Schools and public transport are SAFETY SANCTUARY for all inhabitants of the land.

    YOU ARE A SHAMELESS LIAR AND PURVEYOR OF FAKE NEWS IN FAVOR OF STATE-SANCTION VIOLENCE AGAINST KIDS AND WOMEN (instead of advocacy of law and order) and POFMA needs to shake you up for the good of the community.

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  • opposition dude:

    2015 was a good year for PAP since the dafts gave gratitude votes. 2019 or 2020 won’t be such a good year for them since we all know they won’t be getting 70% of the votes.

    A good swing of 10% from daft gratitude voters enabled PAP to make life more difficult for everyone. Sure there is anger on the ground but how much of a vote swing will this translate to this time?

    Will we get another 2011 where 10% of voters vote for opposition? Or perhaps an even bigger swing of 15% and above which will ensure that PAP gets its worse ever election result going below 60%?

    There is always the kiasees and new citizens to think about. The kiasees are gone case but perhaps not the new citizens since they are from different countries with different political systems.

    So who knows. The show will be starting soon with PAP announcing loads of upgrading projects for the various GRCs.

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  • bystander:

    As usual LHL has no 20\20 foresight, not only always betting on the wrong horse, the biggest mistake is in pushing out poor Lawrence Wong to remind HDB owners their castles has finite lifespan, after which they will be reverted back to the Govt. The wives of HDB owners virtually lost security of their homes overnight, and most are PAP supporters.
    This time PAP would lose big, yet PM still burden us with more cost increases, amazing he is still so confident, considering the Malaysian Pakatan win and the bold HK protesters still holding out for months.
    People can only take so much, we detest the ever increasing cost of living,
    no end one.
    Tan Cheng Bok, wanshui. Must win big ah. The silent majority is banking on you to protect them from greedy vultures.

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  • Michael:

    I am not going for pap …I hope we can have a better government than pap.

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  • It's The End Already:

    opposition dude:
    2015 was a good year for PAP since the dafts gave gratitude votes. 2019 or 2020 won’t be such a good year for them since we all know they won’t be getting 70% of the votes.

    A good swing of 10% from daft gratitude voters enabled PAP to make life more difficult for everyone. Sure there is anger on the ground but how much of a vote swing will this translate to this time?

    Will we get another 2011 where 10% of voters vote for opposition? Or perhaps an even bigger swing of 15% and above which will ensure that PAP gets its worse ever election result going below 60%?

    There is always the kiasees and new citizens to think about. The kiasees are gone case but perhaps not the new citizens since they are from different countries with different political systems.

    So who knows. The show will be starting soon with PAP announcing loads of upgrading projects for the various GRCs.

    2020/19, PAP has a good bumper support of dreaming new citizens.
    It will take the 1 or 2 elections to wake up. Moreover, those who are not sleeping here will never wake up.
    It’s the same roll over Ponzi scheme played out in HDB.
    Soon all the pigs will live happily ever after, unless new government plough back the stolen wealth from their spawns.

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  • ftvgybhunjm:

    I just hope the public servants will just act stupid and be a yes man this time by recommend lhl to faster host the ge. This way pap then can be finally collapse with all the unresolvable on hands issues that are unfavorable to them hahah

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