Why the Workers’ Party Will Win Big at the Next General Election
The Workers’ Party of Singapore suffered a major defeat at the last General Elections held in 2015. My sense is that this loss stemmed from the fact that Singaporeans did not cast votes in protest, but voted who they truly believed would be the better Government.
While we can agree that the G did much after 2011 to address Singaporeans’ angst, WP’s push to position themselves as an alternative government to the PAP inadvertently created the fear of a freak election result. No one could then see Low Thia Khiang or Sylvia Lim as the Prime Minister of Singapore and as a result, Singaporean’s voted wisely and as if each vote counted.
It is now 2017 and, if you watch the ground, it would appear that the next General Elections is around the corner. The WP (and other opposition parties like the SDP) have started campaigning. The WP has started to walk the ground to show their presence (one of their weakness in the last GE) and not a day goes by that the opposition does not highlight the flaws of the PAP’s various policies. Couple this with the challenges of a global recession and the tough fiscal constraints of a newly elected government, the PAP-led G’s need to raise prices on amenities like carpark charges, S&CC, water tariffs, electricity and a whole host of other things, puts the WP in an ideal position to leverage on these new angsts to win big at the next GE.
As any student of Sun Tze will tell you, victory can seldom be taken. Victory comes from the mistakes of the opponent. Judging from the self-defeating conditions that the PAP-led G is creating, I would not be surprised if Singaporeans returned to the way they voted in 2011. And, given how well the PAP did in 2015, the fear of a freak election result will all but evaporate.
Hence, it is my belief that the WP will win big at the next GE.