Chiam See Tong and his By-election Strategy of 1991....
In total truth..Chiam was never a strong leader and his By-election
strategy put PAP in the govt before even the election of 1991...It was a very
disastrous move...I concurred with the late JBJ to be against it..
again those years ..the qualities of candidates in the opposition was so
mediocre and Chiam as the then unofficial leader molded that idiotic strategy...there was no other better plan..and all went for the worst plan of a by-election strategy...
Come 2011..20 years down the road..we do not see many good opposition
candidates too..Look at the RP candidates who fought LHL in Ang Mo
Kio...The reason that many of us got at least 30 over percent was not
because of the quality but the emotional votes against PAP...And only
one candidate lost his deposit due to the party branding in Punggol East
in the GE 2011...But the credibility came to play again in the PE
BE in 2012...WP's Lee Li Lian won on more merits this time round....also on the strength of WP than
the poor losers of RP and SDA..who only garnered 1% and 0.4% votes
respectively..losing their deposits.
Even Marne Parade GRC...with newbie Nicole Seah
and team against GCT got 44% vote..I do not see that as the the results
of NSP excellence but the anger of citizens against PAP with emotional
Come 2016 will be a different ball game..With better
credible and creditable oppositions...PAP will be banging for a tought
time...Citizens can see the credentials of the candidates now..And with
the emotional uprising of the citizens..opposition can capture a
sizeable parliament ..though I do not see that the opposition can come
up with one-third opposition members of parliament. If 15 to 20 opposition MPs would be
an achievement in GE 2016 !
And saying is easy...I know how
hard it is for opposition to walk the ground with not much support (my
last experience as a candidate in 2011!)..Hence, any opposition party or
candidate worth his salt need to do the ground work at least two years
before any GE...best would be every week of meeting the residents and
walking the ground to be seen as true opposition of S'pore not just pop
up during elections..
It will be a new awakening of the
political twist come 2016..only if opposition knows how to go about
securing their strong base...Even if there is 3 corner fights..it will
be there if many opposition party candidates wrestle for supremacy of
power ..no different from PAP...
We must learn from the
mistakes of past SGs of the other parties...looking back into the
failure of SPP's Chiam, RP's Kenneth and SDA's Desmond Lim...Never think
as a Secretary-General (SG) you are above every members of your party...without good
members any party is just a party...nothing else....!!!
better and younger knowledgeable political interest to become better
SGs....SGs must remember that one swallow does not make a summer..Only if you are Lee Kuan Yew, maybe, maybe....
We can see where is SPP is heading now....and can RP bring back its
glory in the legacy of JBJ..And SDA (better to disband) can just forget
about politics altogether....The citizens have made the choice in
2011...it will make more wise choice in GE2016.....
The choice is for better and more credible opposition in parliament come 2016.....PAP has seen their better days !!
patrick lee song juan.
RP - Reform Party
SDA - S'pore Democratic Alliance
NSP - National Solidarity Party
SPP - S'pore Peoples Party
WP - Workers party
JBJ - Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam