It's all over. PAP 82, Opposition 2. It's now time to sit back quietly and reflect on the issues facing all Singaporeans, across all party lines, with a view to the next GE. Let's take stock of all that has happened in the past nine days and see what needs to be done.
LET'S GALVANISE ALL SINGAPOREANS
One of the best things that The Straits Times has said in all the electioneering is its editorial on Saturday morning that great leaders galvanise the people.
I urge the PAP leaders, in particular the PM, to do so, and the only way to do so is to show impartiality to all Singaporeans, Opposition voters or PAP voters. This is the only way forward. This is the only way to earn the respect of ALL Singaporeans. Division and disunity are the death knell of a nation, no matter how strong it may be today.
UPGRADING FOR ALL
The PAP policy of providing upgrading to PAP wards is the most divisive and nastiest piece of PAP policy ever. This is completely unacceptable.
In fact, it may not even be constitutional. The Singapore constitution guarantees equality for everyone, and if the PAP insists on continuing this, I would urge the Opposition to test the constitutionality of such a policy in the High Court.
Singaporeans' money must be used for all Singaporeans, regardless of creed (politics and whatever else), colour, race and religion.
The PAP must repeal its policy now, and immediately upgrade the Opposition wards, which it should have done years ago. These constituencies have now lagged far, far behind others and therefore now deserve priority.
Furthermore, the National Development Minister Mr Mah Bow Tan, and SM Goh have both promised $100 million and $80 million packages for Hougang and Potong Pasir respectively. Please keep your word if you are men of honour and integrity which we know you are.
DISMANTLE THE FIVE- AND SIX-MEMBER GRCs
The GRCs were formed with ONE objective: to ensure seats for minority candidates. We fully support this, but the GRC concept has been manipulated so that they make it more and more difficult for the Opposition.
If the PAP were dead serious about ensuring more minority candidates, it should create more three-member GRCs instead of bigger ones (see article, GRCs' purpose debunked by PAP itself, below).
But more importantly, the bigger GRCs can backfire on the PAP. Given the fact that the PAP's share of the popular vote is about 60 to 65 per cent, there will surely come a time when one or even two GRCs with Opposition parties will beat the PAP.
In one fell swoop, the PAP could suddenly face 10 to 15 Opposition MPs in Parliament.
NO DIRTY POLITICS FROM NOW ON, PLEASE
It is amazing to now hear nice words from the PAP, especially about the Opposition. For example, the PM said: "I want also to continue to encourage open debate on issues because neither the PAP nor the government nor the opposition has all the solutions and answers to problems. But we have enormous talents in Singaporeans. And each has something important to contribute. We should tap and engage this for the good of Singapore."
Rightly said. But during the campaigning, this was never uttered. In fact, it was the contrary, that the Opposition had absolutely nothing to offer, their programmes and ideas were rubbish and their candidates not worthy of representing Singaporeans.
Here's what SM Goh said about Mr Chiam See Tong: "He has put in 22 years of hard work and I was worried if he had to go out defeated, it would be very bad for him. I'm happy for him in a personal way, because I know, having served here for some 20 years, if in one of my elections I were defeated, I think it would be terrible."
We said during the campaigning that Mr Goh is a decent man. But during the campaigning, he made some remarks about Mr Chiam, which were most unworthy of such a man.
I therefore urge the PAP and Opposition parties, particularly the SDA and WP to put aside all malice and work for the common good of Singaporeans.
Furthermore, I say to all the parties that they should refrain from dirty politics such as the PAP has shown and be honest to Singaporeans in future. Let's give credit where credit is due, especially to Mr Low Thia Khiang and Mr Chiam See Tong.
Honest men and women need not bash a fellow Singaporean so he/she can be No. 1. That's not how we, and especially politicians and leaders, should conduct ourselves because it sets a very bad example to all young Singaporeans and bespeaks ill of leaders.
There are many other issues that need to be addressed, but we will leave that to later when the dust has fully settled. Meanwhile, good luck, Singaporeans.