If I were a PAP spin doctor (which regrettably I’m not, they pay very well while I only have my CPF and dividend income to live on), this is how I’d spin Tony Tan’s very narrow win over Cheng Bock (7,000 votes*) with only 35% of all the votes cast and Jee Say’s good showing (30%?)**.
During the 2011 General Election, the PAP only got 60% of the popular vote. The Opposition got between them 40%. During the presidential election, the two candidates that had only just resigned from the PAP, got between them 70% of the votes. This is 10 percentage points more than the PAP got during the GE.
Not only that, but Kin Lian, the PAP member who resigned several yrs ago when his job specification no longer needed him to be a PAP member, and who has since been attacking the party, did badly. He may even lose his deposit***. It could be spun that S’poreans don’t like PAP traitors espec9ally those that did well from being PAP members. He was CEO of NTUC Income for 30 yrs.
So the PM can reasonably argue that he has a mandate from 70% of the voters to use government agencies to fix the Opposition something the PA (where he is chairman) and the HDB did in Aljunied. And he can allow:
— every TLC, or, or government department or agency to raise their charges until the pips squeak;
— LTA and SMRT to get away with repeated failures to secure MRT carriages and depots; and
— Central Mediation Centre and MinLaw to continue telling FTs that FTs can be intolerant of our culture and eating habits.
Carry on as usual PM, 70% of S’poreans are on yr side. Sigh.
Update on 28August 2011 at 9.25am
*7,269 to be precise
***lost his deposit with only 4.9% of the vote.