Sinkapore GE2020: Ruling party bows out in humiliating defeat after landslide opposition victory
31 Nov, 2020 1.05 PM
After ruling the country since independence without any oversight, Sinkapore’s Pee And Pee (PAP) party has suffered a humiliating defeat at the polls.
Although PAP wasn’t expected to win anywhere close to the 70% votes in GE2015, no one had expected its support to dip to 45%.
Reasons for its shocking loss range from citizens getting sick of its constant gerrymandering, increasing costs to give the impression of growth, entrenching racism(reserved presidency), etc.
Two of the biggest issues were linked to the abuse of CPF retirement savings, ie using CPF returns to supplement government revenue and the public housing scam, ie ministers lied about HDB flat prices increasing forever.
For decades, citizens were willing to overlook these 2 issues because PAP had delivered on the economic front. But with minimal job creation and better paying jobs reserved for foreigners, Sinkaporeans had decided to vote with their feet.
The straw that broke PAP’s back was likely to be the passing of a bill to allow the government to detain anyone it thought had the intention of spreading fake news. Prior to this, the PAP legislated a one-person protest as an illegal gathering.
Helping the opposition coast to victory was Dr Tee See Block, a former PAP MP denied by his own former party from running for presidency. Dr Block has also created history by uniting opposition parties, without which PAP could not have been brought to its knees.
After election results were announced at 3 AM, non-stop street celebrations have continued throughout the island till press time.
Broomberg interviewed many Sinkaporeans to find out how and why PAP was defeated and what PAP’s loss means to the country. Interviewees’ response below.
Mr Chin Hua Hee: If not for the high percentage of propaganda lovers, PAP would have been kicked out long time ago. The corruption has been getting worse with billions paid to senior management of government-linked entities all legislated state secrets. PAP says paying themselves million-dollar salaries will prevent corruption but the truth is corruption has been legalized and the people are simply fed up.
Tidak Bin Apa: I normally quite relak but with PAP inviting foreigners to steal our lunch, then my job also at risk. Better I risk their jobs first la. Haha.
Tan Ah Kow: I work 40 years already but PAP now tell me to sell my flat because not enough money in CPF to retire. How come we contribute 37% of our salary – highest in the world – but cannot retire? What happen to our CPF money? I think we can find out what really happened to our CPF money only after voting the leeches out.
Boh Tow Now: Aiya, this PAP really stupid one la. The ministers all still think living in Lau Lee time got no internet one meh. Try to bluff citizens with fake sadistic and when they cannot hai gong the people, they don’t provide any figure to support their policy. Cannot try to cheat people all the time, OK.
But the jubilance did not extend to those who stand to lose most with PAP’s defeat, ie grassroots leaders, senior civil servants who have worked for PAP against citizens’ interest, etc.
From today’s interviews, most Sinkaporeans seem optimistic about their future and are willing to accept some short term pain by voting out PAP. According to most interviewees, this will allow a reset by the new government to put the country back on the right course.
A reliable source has informed Broomberg that the new government has plans to hold every former government leader to account if misdeeds are found. However, this will take some time because of the massive amount of information concealed for more than 5 decades.
According to the same source, an independent ‘New Broom Sweeps Clean’ committee will soon launch an investigation to shine light on past unethical practices which have been swept under the carpet.
After more than 5 decades of oppressive rule, Sinkaporeans do deserve to look forward to a new dawn. Broomberg wishes them well.