Friday, May 06, 2011

Is the Political Tsunami about to hit Singapore?

Could that happen?

In the aftermath of March 2008, a group of bloggers (read and watch here) from Malaysia were invited to a close door discussion in Singapore. It was to be an eye opener for public figures of the nation down south to grasp what was to be shared by a select few that were seen to be the shakers during the 12th Malaysian General Election.

Tomorrow, Singaporeans will go to the polls to determine if the PAP Government should have their mandate or would it be a more seats to SPP or WP (Singapore People's Paty or Workers' Party). There are other parties contesting too such as the SDA (an alliance with National Solidarity Party, Singapre Justice Party, and Singapore Malay National Organisation).

One candidate that is making heads turn is Nicole Seah of NSP. Part of the Marine Parade team contesting PAP, she has been painted as a green horn. Leveraging mainly on her experience from school and university, and community programmes, Nicole has been lacking in grassroot politics.
However Nicole credits her political awakening to her experience in communal charity programmes that gave rise to her thoughts on policy matters that would affect Singapore's poor. Nicole has been active only in the past two years in McPherson. SNP is led by Goh Meng Seng, who has a strong enough grassroot presence.

Other notables are the likes of SPP's Chiam See Tong. 76 and already feeling the affects of age Chiam would have been written off by many (the only elected Parliamentarian out of 20 hopefuls in the opposition ranks in 2006), but instead of taking a backseat this time round, Chiam is taking the bull by the horns, and has moved away from his constituency to contest the Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng from the PAP.

An observer has told me that this time around, the 'electric' atmosphere can now be felt in rallies, and that the real Singapore fear is no longer present. It seems, most Singaporeans are now asking why it should only be PAP that should decide for Singapore.

One thing for sure is that most Singaporeans would not argue about creature comforts in their country, but after 46 years of dominance, it seems that there will be some changes after tomorrow in the political scene. But how much change is still anyone's guess.

-This blogger will be in Singapore today and hope to catch up with some bloggers there on their take about what is so different this time

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