This morning, the People’s Action Party (PAP) introduced its candidates for the Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency (GRC) for the coming General Election (GE).
When posed with a question about the opposition and the Workers' Party (WP), Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Goh Chok Tong said:
“Strength is relative. They (WP) are stronger than NSP (National Solidarity Party) - there's no doubt about it - but there is a certain arrogance about them.
“With that arrogance will they be able to replace me and my team? Let them try."
What we think he meant: How can WP just parachute into a new ward because they are stronger and better than NSP?
ESM Goh also said:
“Opposition parties come and go like nomads. Nomads will not have an interest in the people's welfare. A new tribe is coming - do they really have interest in Marine Parade's welfare?
What we think he meant: Walkovers has more staying power than opposition parties.
Over the past three decades, Marine Parade GRCs have experienced contests from many opposition parties - NSP, SDP and Singapore Justice Party (SJP) - that do not even return to contest in the subsequent GE. Marine Parade actually experienced three walkovers in GEs 1997, 2001, and 2006.
This prompted WP's NCMP Yee Jenn Jong, former Joo Chiat candidate and likely Marine Parade GRC candidate to say:
I am not sure when contesting in an election in a country that is based on democratic principles is being arrogant. It is for voters to decide and it is our duty to provide a choice for them, as best as we can.
What we think he meant:
We do not care what NSP thinks as long as we give Singaporeans a choice, a choice to vote Workers' Party (WP).
As to "nomads", I recall the many visits to different parts of Marine Parade GRC, such as Eunos, Joo Chiat, Kembangan, Chai Chee, Ubi and Braddell. Some residents recall how they were in a different GRC (some even in now-defunct GRCs) or were a SMC previously. I think some even described themselves as nomads, moving constituencies without moving their actual house.
What we think he meant: Gerrymandering. Gerrymandering. Gerrymandering.
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What we think he meant: Not the former Singapore Tourism Board (STB) slogan, definitely.