Reform Party Kenneth Jeyaretnam: ‘What I see are similar margins in North Korea & China’

The only light-hearted moment so far.

Belmont Lay | September 12, 2015 @ 12:18 am


Kenneth Jeyaretnam, one of The Reform Party West Coast GRC candidates, was interviewed “live” on Channel News Asia after the sample count for voting results was released.

The PAP team was leading 78 percent to RP’s 22 percent in the sample count.

This was what Jeyaretnam said when asked to comment by CNA’s reporter:

“This is not a mandate for the PAP’s economic policies … All this is a mandate for authoritarianism and brainwashing”:…

Posted by Channel NewsAsia Singapore on Friday, September 11, 2015


Here’s the interview transcribed:

Reporter: Now the sample counts have been out for quite a few of the constituencies, your thoughts on the sample counts?

Kenneth Jeyaretnam: Well, obviously, you know, we were aware from the beginning that we saw this coming. Because we didn’t get the big influx of volunteers and helpers coming forward like we got in 2011, in fact, it was very quiet.

And eh…eh… we saw… Basically, we put this down to the novelty wearing off of a new party, but now I see it is absolutely nation-wide there’s been a huge swing to the PAP.

We weren’t helped by the fact that we lost Clementi, a ward in which we scored particularly highly in the last election.

What I can say is that this is not, as far as I’m concerned, this is not a mandate for the PAP’s economic policies. We had a better manifesto, a better economic plan. All this is a mandate for authoritarianism and brainwashing, it shows what you do when you control everybody’s housing, you control their savings, you control their jobs because you’re the major employer, you control all the media, and there’s no independent elections department.

What I see are similar margins in North Korea and China, it’s just like the Chinese Communist Party. And I guess Singaporeans get the government they deserve, so I don’t want to hear any more complaints.


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