So, that’s pretty much it, as far as GE 2015 goes.
Euphoria from SG 50, gratitude from the esteemed founder’s passing, and a goodly dose of “trust-in-us-not-them” won the fight. I’m glad the WP retained Hougang and Aljunied, but the swing in pro-PAP votes was surprising. I’d hoped that people would be keener to have in place, a budding alternative voice that could point out flaws in proposals, or at least be a voice for debate. Hopefully even engender transparency in government workings, and a more tolerant perspective when it comes to issues like LGBT rights and freedom of speech.
Not a government-in-waiting with ministerial-level candidates that could replace the PAP as a new ruling party with an immediate positive impact, obviously. To think that something like this could happen without transition is just silly, and let’s not forget no other party has fielded enough candidates to form a 2/3 majority.
Alex Au summed it up best, really.
The bottom line is this: This election result, when read against the 2006 and 2011 results, is very revealing of the Singapore electorate: one that is very comfortable with trusting an over-dominant government to steer the way and find solutions to immediate problems. It demands solutions, but is uninquisitive as to the details of the solutions, the modelling used, the price (in side-effects) to be paid, or whether these solutions store up problems for the future. This electorate will protest when it feels pain, but is easily pacified with short-term fixes.
I’m a believer in pragmatism and “whatever works” as much as the next man. But is that really it? This mentality reminds me of the general atmosphere of political apathy that existed in my younger years. It’s a little disappointing, to say the least. Well, here’s hoping trust isn’t misplaced and the PAP prove themselves worthy of the mandate.