Netizens roundly cheered the news that the elections have finally been called. There were some who speculated if the late Mr Lee’s spirit will give the PAP one final boost during the polls, they were also others who urged Singaporeans to vote for “the right party” and put forth good points on who we should cast our votes on.
In this series of the road to sgelections we decide to take a look at the weakest link of each party (including the PAP) to help you prepare for polling day on 11 Sept.
Why the weakest link you ask? – Because a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
Ah Gong better have internet connection to read this article if he is going to help boost the PAP votes during the polls.
We shall start with the PAP
Peoples Action Party (PAP)
No democratic political party in the world has ruled for more than five decades. PAP strength is also its weakness as Singaporeans are tired of having a watershed election every freaking time. The public want the smug to be wiped off PAP MPs faces and for them to really listen to the public concerns instead of telling them that they know better (even though most times they do, we transformed from a slump to a metropolis is less than 50 years remember).
Weakness – Smug attitude.
Suggestion – Create more avenues to listen to the people and stop issuing POHA or threaten to sue individuals who speak up (Roy Ngerng was an exception. Should sue him more).
Singapore People Party (SPP)
SPP was very very strong under Mr Chiam See Tong. He held the Potong Pasir Constituency for 27 years and won over his challenges convincingly. Lina Chiam failed to defend Potong Pasir when Chiam made a challenge for the Bishan-Toa Payoh constituency. Maybe it was her lack of charisma or perhaps her meek voice that translates to a lack of confidence for voters during the rallies. Six-senior members resigned en-masse over leadership differences when she first took the helm at SPP. Whatever it is, she better charge up her performance for the upcoming rallies.
Weakness – No real succession after Mr Chiam. Mrs Lina Chiam lack of presence further translated to low confidence for the voters.
Suggestion –Stop reading from scripts and start voicing out issues from the heart.
National Solidarity Party (NSP)
No Such Party
Weakness – no credibility after u-turning on agreement to eliminate three-cornered fights and the resignation of its secretary general Hazel Pao two weeks before polling.
Suggestion – Wake up their bloody idea and get the party objectives re-aligned
Reform Party (RP)
The name “Jeyaretnam” should hold some weight in Singapore politics, but unfortunately it seems to have lost its glamour in recent years. Kenneth Jeyaretnam, the son of opposition legend JBJ, joined the Reform Party in 2009 and seemed to have taken a particular fancy in contesting at PM Lee’s Ang Mo Kio GRC.
Kudos to the guy for taking the dragon head-on, but is it really wise to include people like M Ravi and Roy Ngerng in his team? Afterall, these are people who built their reputation on being crazy. Kenneth Jeyaretnam’s inability to choose the right allies may prove to be RP’s downfall this time around.
Weakness – Making discredited Roy Ngerng and M Ravi part of his team
Suggestion – Take reference from other opposition parties and recruit Cambridge trained lawyers.
Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA)
Their biggest weakness is probably their own leader, Mr Desmond Lim. An old video of his online rally surfaced again recently, and it would probably be fair to say that people would not want their representative to be someone unable to express himself clearly.
Weakness – Poor command of English making it difficult for Singaporeans to imagine him as PM and not breaking out in a burst of laughter
Suggestion – Email newsletters instead (and do not cock up the format)
Singaporeans First Party (SFP)
It might be easy to say that SingFirst’s biggest weakness is a perception that Tan Jee Say is a political has-been, but we disagree. Instead, we believe that their biggest weakness might actually be their core tenet – that Singapore needs to reduce its intake of foreign labour.
Reducing Singapore’s foreign labour would hit SMEs most. Given that 70% of the Singaporean workforce works for SMEs, SIngFirst’s inherent bias against foreign labour might deter voters.
Weakness – Harping on popular sentiments to eliminate foreign labour.
Suggestion – Develop a more sustainable long term policy on foreign workers that might actually work (instead of just removing them from the equation)
Peoples Power Party (PPP)
Relatively new party formed by veteran faces such as Goh Meng Seng and Mr Syafarin Sarif. The main objective of the party as stated by Goh Meng Seng is to break monopoly of power and deprive PAP of their two-thirds majority needed to pass Bills. They have presented some huge concepts such as minimum wage and poverty rates but have yet to propose anything constructive to value add to the lives of Singaporeans.
Source: Must Share News
Weakness – too narrow minded
Suggestion – Need to give anti-PAP voters a reason to vote for them because these voters may just deliberately destroy their slips and curse themselves for staying in a constituency with no credible opposition.
Singapore Democratic Party (SDP)
Perhaps SDP’s greatest weakness is it’s party chief, Chee Soon Juan. Dr Chee reiterated on clean fights this year and we can’t help but wonder if this is because of his colourful past. Pick one. Or pick a few. From his glucose fed hunger strikes, to the ousting of his mentor, Chiam See Tong, alleged funding from overseas political interests and being caught for lying in parliament. SDP had a remarkable showing in 2011 with Dr Vincent Wijeysingha and Tan Jee Say at the helm. Was it a coincidence that it was when Dr Chee sat out that year?
Weakness – Chee Soon Juan history of backstabbing Chiam See Tong has been used against him for years.
Suggestion – Impress the voters with their policy and hope that people forget the liar and traitor that their leader was.
Workers Party (WP)
The Workers’ Party are big boys in the playing field, especially in recent years. They’ve come up strong in this term of Parliament, with somewhat high attendances. Sylvia Lim and Low Thia Khiang have gone big on the public relations front with Ms Lim’s new Instagram and Mr Low’s hard hitting comments. Beyond the WP’s inability to manage their constituencies and finances well, the WP’s biggest weakness lies in their similarity to the ruling party. On occasion, they have been affectionately called “PAP lite” or the slightly more left leaning twin of the incumbent party. Both often try to reach similar outcomes in different ways and in fact, sometimes only with minor differences.
Source: The Straits Times
Weakness – No strong ideological differences from the incumbents. (Not sure if that is their strategy)
Suggestion – Useful to show how they are different from the incumbents. (Also useful if they get AHPETC records in order once and for all)