Compelling reasons why an election cannot or should not be called now

I asked what are the most compelling reasons why an election cannot or should not be called now. Answers I got were: the PAP should not use the virus as a political advantage, public health should be a priority, holding an election will result in more infections, etc.

I think the most compelling reason is this one offered by Dr Tan Cheng Bock:

While the country is facing a crisis of global proportion, Singaporeans want ministers to be fully focused on dealing with the crisis, and not be distracted by a highly charged, emotional, and even divisive general election.

I believe that the technicalities of holding an election are relatively easy to solve, even in a time like this one. And because they are easy to solve, they should not be the main considerations.

The main considerations should be that our ministers, civil servants, and public organisations – health institutions, schools and community/grassroots organisations – should all be focused on dealing with the coronavirus situation.

Every day in the last one week especially, the number of infections has escalated in Singapore and around the world.

Holding an election now is not only a big distraction, it is also a dangerous one, given the situation.

And as Dr Tan said, constitutional problems are more easily solved than health ones.

You cannot, for example, bring back those who may die from the infections, but you can always amend the constitution, as indeed the govt did when it wanted a Reserved Election, even though many (most) Singaporeans were against it.

So, let’s all focus on dealing with the coronavirus crisis first.

Elections can come later.

(I am sure the AGC can present a legal case for it, just as it did when it relegated President Ong Teng Cheong to just a normal president, taking away the honour of being the first Elected President of Singapore, in order to facilitate the new Reserved Election/President.)

Ministers and the civil/public service should not be distracted from the main task at hand – fighting the virus.

Not dealing with the virus can be fatal to Singaporeans.

Not having an election now is not fatal.

It is merely an inconvenience, really.

It can be held later.

I am very very sure and confident that Singaporeans will understand.

Singaporeans are already concerned, even scared, of the virus situation. To hold an election now will only stir and add anger, fear, and divisiveness to the mix. At a time like this, it is the last thing we need.

Instead, we should all be standing together to meet the current challenges, and not be divided by politics, which will necessarily and inevitably happen during an election.

We cannot be divided during a time like this.

Indeed, the government itself has been calling on Singaporeans to come together, stand together as #SGUnited.

Why then hold a politically divisive, emotionally-charged election now?

It would go against what the govt itself has been urging Singaporeans to do.

**Yes, I have changed my mind somewhat on this, after thinking it through more.

 

Andrew Loh

 

 

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28 Responses to “Compelling reasons why an election cannot or should not be called now”

  • TruBlu:

    NOT RIGHT TIME FOR GE.
    SOCIAL Distancing regulation is breached in SPIRIT,not just FORM?

    BTW,RICH KIDS COMING HOME from WESTERN COUNTRIES as lock-down.
    I suggest THE GOVT QUARANTINE THESE RICH MEN’S KIDS IN SENTOSA HOTELS -since unoccupied- so as to CONTAIN POSSIBLE FURTHER SPREAD OF COVID as 200K may imply 2 pct to 5 pct or even more from these returning sgs who may oredy be infected unknowingly as THEY HAVE NOT BEEN SUBJECT TO TEST from where they are coming back from?

    I think these RICH KIDS’ parents can pay for their hotel stay in SENTOSA.
    LET THEM RUB SHOULDERS WITH THEIR OWN KIND LIVING IN SENTOSA COVE???

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  • Sabo King Syndrome:

    Q. What do Pappies and the Coronavirus have in common?
    A. They both covertly propagate their own kind … and kill off older people who suffer medical problems.

    There should be no compulsion (to vote) please, we’re true blue Singaporeans.

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  • Andrew. the party will surely win big big this GE, but hate to say this:

    The victory will be over the citizens’ dead bodies.

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  • Andrew. the party will surely win big big this GE, but hate to say this:

    The victory will be achieved over the citizens’ dead bodies.

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    Disappointed as all gung ho Opposition supporters showing scared shitless signs.

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  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    Should go ahead and get voted out.

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  • this one is pap IB for sure:

    PAP mandate strong:
    Disappointed as all gung ho Opposition supporters showing scared shitless signs.

    we have noticed many different pap IB monikers.

    someone told us it is actually the same one masquerading as many.

    this someone added the IB paying organization, pap PA, has reduced by half the cents per IB post and eliminated many who couldn’t make it into pap Singapore before Msia closed its borders.

    no wonder lately the pap IBs, or one pap IB masquerading as many pap IBs, seem to be so active in TRE. he/she needs to double the effort to make the same S$.

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  • Sia:

    Even if U dont like it, current govt will call for a GE, soon…

    In midst of this covid-19 pandemic crisis, fearful kiasi citizens will vote for current govt to steer ship through an uncertain global storm.
    Fearful citizens will vote current govt when global economies are down the drains, businesses go bust, healthcare systems overwhelmed, lots of people unemployed…

    This is a global black swan event.
    Such an event is a perfect strategy for this current govt to call for GE & easily win it.

    Perfect storm > perfect strategy for the govt.

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  • Bobo:

    Opposition parties should not try to stop PM and President’s decision to hold GE at this moment. They have the 70% strong mandate to decide when is the appropriate timing to call for GE and we should obey and respect their decision. For people (infected or not) who are too weak to make decision, there’re perhaps good plan to help them make the right choice even while laying in their hospital bed. Trust our PAP who are always that well prepared. They never lost the fight. So far so excellent. Anyone could predict that the election will be called once the 200,000 well fed soles all landed safely here. They know only PAP, but not interested to know any other opposition party.

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  • CCS Faux Pas:

    There is a great demand for GE amid this pandemic. One guy called the PM.

    All for one and one for all.
    Hip hop pap!

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  • Send in the clown!:

    Pinky is wily and goes on roadshow interview to say virus will run its course for years. Hello, based on what medical evidence?

    It appears erection will be held soon. Also, it looks like he is set to stay on in power for life.

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  • by some supernatural force:

    basic common sense (nothing phd about it) says that it is not the right time to hold elrection in the midst of this koronar beer crisis ? all the big words on the technicality of constitupation and stick of emergancy or what if the crisis drags on till 2023 or 2099 is just plain bs ? only daft sinkies would be convinced / “frightened of” by such big words as though they are cast in stone by some supernatural force (change for the good if it is needed) ?

    good and bad law or statutes are all man made and the implementation and the practice of it all also need the participation of men or women (humans in short) ???

    if white idiots could come with such drastic 4 = 5 and selected = elected kind of pessidency elrection and one sided PORMAR in non-crisis time, surely the white idiots can defer the elrection until the crisis blows over ??? unless the white idiots do not care for their own selfish reason (hahahahaha) ???

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  • No election lah:

    No election lah.

    Concentrate on the Virus problem please .

    Save lives more important now.

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  • SeePehHo:

    How will those under SHN,LOA and quarantine order go to vote? If they cannot go, then they are deprived of the right to vote.
    Every time before elections, they will propagate fear in the citizens. Like financial crisis, terrorism, no enbloc fo. And upgrading of HDB flats in opposition ward, etc. Etc.
    These tactics are all too clear as with Covid-19 now. Besides, there will have all the advantages now that there are restriction on movement of people. So it is “WHY NOT TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY NOW”
    These selfish PAP bastards must be fully expose NOW!,,,

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    An INCUMBENT govt with all its MIGHT & CASH Ill or LEEgally got and to use its EVIL POWER received from silly sheep to STAY…that is the LEEgacy left by an Evil Bastard who started it ALL!!!

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  • throw$,problem solved:

    everything will be forgotten once gov throws the help packages at sg dafts…PAP’s “blood” votes are assured.
    in PAPs eyes everything can be solved by throwing money around.
    thats all the have..devoid of substance and integrity.

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  • oxygen:

    BY RUSHING INTO AN ELECTION, the public mind will have compelling apprehension that PAPpypolitic DO NOT WANT THE VOTERS TO JUDGE THE FINAL OUTCOME of its handling of coronavirus.
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    WHAT IF THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM IS OVERWHELMED and PAPpypolitic – AFTER THE ELECTION -seeks to bar the infected over 60s to self-quarantine at home TO WAIT OUT HIS OR HER FATE but ignoring that THEY HAVE NOT YET ACCESS TO THEIR CPF SAVINGS???

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  • oxygen:

    Ooop typo error there sorry.

    oxygen: -
    WHAT IF THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM IS OVERWHELMED and PAPpypolitic – AFTER THE ELECTION -seeks to bar the infected over 60s to self-quarantine at home TO WAIT OUT HIS OR HER FATE but ignoring that THEY HAVE NOT YET ACCESS TO THEIR CPF SAVINGS???

    should be read as

    oxygen: -
    WHAT IF THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM IS OVERWHELMED and PAPpypolitic – AFTER THE ELECTION -seeks to bar the infected over 60s FROM HOSPITAL FORCING THEM to self-quarantine at home TO WAIT OUT HIS OR HER FATE but ignoring that THEY HAVE NOT YET ACCESS TO THEIR CPF SAVINGS???

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  • oxygen:

    @ PAP mandate strong

    PAPpypolitics is UNFIT TO LEAD this nation if it is MORE WORRIED ABOUT THE ELECTION OUTCOME than the health and safety of peasants.

    YOU CAN’T REFUTE THIS!!

    PAP mandate strong: Disappointed as all gung ho Opposition supporters showing scared shitless signs.

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  • oxygen:

    @ PAP mandate strong

    REALLY? PAPpypolitic “strong” mandate exists, I suspect, in your fantasized hallucination, maybe some gullible voters.

    But I am sure the stock market DOES NOT AGREE with you but concur with me.

    Where is the proof?

    After HSK “FUZZY LOGIC” supplementary budget of ADDITIONAL $48 BILLION spending largesse last week piling on the $6.4 billion big splash deficit budget allocation last month AND MAS surprised easing its monetary policy this morning, THE SINGAPORE STOCK MARKET as measured by the SGX index tanked by 4.45% – the biggest in Asian regional markets and far deep down from European bourses and US market indices futures.

    THE MESSAGE I GOT IS THAT THE HUGE FISCAL INJECTIONS AIDED BY MONETARY POLICY ADJUSTMENT IS JUDGED BY THE MARKET AS INEFFECTIVE OF INTENDED OUTCOME – THE PROBLEM WE FACE IS A HOLLOW DOMESTIC ECONOMY AND AN OVER-INFLATED POPULATION BASE AUGMENTED BY MASSIVE FOREIGN INFLUX of failed population recycling economics.

    This BIG DEAD ELEPHANT of 5.8 million is economically unsustainable and highly vulnerable to shock risks like the virus pandemic.

    IS PAPpypolitic/PAPpynomic capable of changing direction and how many decades to turn this around??

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  • Voter Against PAP:

    If Pinky insists in having the GE now, all of us should simply vote against the PAP to teach them a lesson in not taking our lives seriously.

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  • oxygen:

    @ PAP mandate strong

    HSK IS FABULOUSLY RIGHT when he said in a CNBC interview today.

    “It is a crisis on three fronts: The public heath-care front, the financial front and the economic front. And these are interacting in unpredictable ways,”

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/30/coronavirus-is-a-serious-crisis-for-singapore-deputy-prime-minister.html

    Fred Emery et al was brilliant of wisdom and insight in 1965 – some 55 years ago OF THE SAME CONCEPTUAL THEME IN THIS EARTH SHAKING WRITING – the concept of turbulent fields incomprehensible to the decision-makers in crisis.

    https://ackoffcenter.blogs.com/ackoff_center_weblog/files/10.1177_001872676501800103.pdf

    Emery talked of the L22 function and interdependencies – parts of the environment becomes related to each other….its causal texture…the area of dependencies that belong within the environment itself…”

    RIGHT FROM THE ONSET OF THE CORONA VIRUS SPREAD, PAPpypolitics should have been quick, decisive and not allow this belated escalation of infection spread now desperate of nearly impossible containment.

    AN EARLY ELECTION DOES NOT RESOLVE THIS LOOMING TERRIFYING RISK OUTCOME.

    I AM DISAPPOINTED THAT PAPpypolitics is totally consumed by an election agenda instead of national survival- AFTER 55 YEARS TOO LATE OF AWARENESS AWAKENING of Emery’s thesis.

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    Okay Since market disagreed, lets go GE lets go ge c’mon.

    Whether give them mandate or the boot…its in everyone hands.

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    @ this one is pap IB for sure:

    Correction. once again its CCP IB.

    Someone said PAP scare shitless.
    Using his words i say opposition supporters scare shitless. Fair!

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  • oxygen:

    @ PAP mandate strong But market is the force and expression of its judgment call on the merit/demerit of policy decision.

    Voters include old uncles/aunties and Ah Lians duped by free packet chicken lice and packaged milo drinks, maybe NTUC free voucher and PAPpy-brand hand sanitiser – they didn’t give the mandate, just got conned.

    PAP mandate strong: Okay Since market disagreed, lets go GE lets go ge c’mon.

    Whether give them mandate or the boot…its in everyone hands.

    If the mandate is EVER “strong” and genuine, PAPpypolitics does not need to supply THESE SEDUCTIONS FOLLOWED BY RAPES THEREAFTER.

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  • afraid of campaign rallies:

    They are afraid of the large crowds that the Chee SJ, Lim Tean and Dr.Tan CB campaign rallies would draw, with its accompanying publicity. With the pandemic, the opps wouldn’t get the crowd they need. So they want to push through the GE now.

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  • afraid of campaign rallies:

    Not surprised if they declare that no outdoor rallies will be allowed, only media campaigns. And the PAP has a complete monopoly of the msm.

    Cheat as usual.

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  • WakeupSG:

    “It could take several years for the coronavirus to go around the world and run its course, unless something happens to abort that process, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, adding that the world will have to brace itself for a long battle ahead.”

    Reading between the lines. What he is saying is that we can’t wait so long for the virus to run its course to hold Pandemic GE!

    IF THAT IS THE CASE THEN AT LEAST WAIT FOR THE SOON TO BE AVAILABLE VACCINE VS CORONAVIRUS WHICH WILL NOT BE LONGER THAN THE SEVERAL YEARS IT TAKE FOR IT TO STOP!

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