Saturday, April 30, 2011

Punggol East SMC- A Test of GRC

The candidates for Punggol East SMC (Single Member Constituency) are:
  • Mr Michael Palmer of PAP
  • Lee Li Lian of Workers' Party
  • Desmond Lim, Secretary General Singapore Democratic Alliance
So why did PAP throw Michael Palmer to contest in a SMC?

Is Michael Palmer used as a sacrificial lamb to prove PAP's claim that GRC (Group Representative Constituency) was created by PAP to protect minority rights and representation?

If PAP's claim that Singaporeans vote only those of their own race is true, Palmer would definitely lose in Punggol East due to the distribution of races there.

Of course, Singaporeans know better. History shows that David Marshall, J B Jeyaratnam, Othman Wok, S Rajaratnam and E W Barker were voted in without the help of GRCs.

Whatever the outcome on 7 May, the result will show either:
  • If Palmer Wins: Reason for GRC to protect the minority races or fear of racist voting by citizens is nothing but a scam to protect PAP's interests [Link]
  • If Palmer Loses: Hallelujah! PAP loses one seat but proves that Singaporeans do vote on racial line.



At April 30, 2011 at 9:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

the OPP may have got their strategy right by having a 3 corner fight, ensuring Michael Palmer example to prove there is no necessity for GRC.

worth sacrificing one SMC or one seat in parliament to prove a point, that the PAP are liars!

At May 1, 2011 at 2:06 AM , Blogger nofearSingapore said...

I totally agree with anon 9.18. My opinion is that WP out in a candidate to split the oppo vote to ensure that Palmer wins to show all that minority PAP candidates can win SMC's hence GRC is not needed for this purpose. If WP did not do that and the other oppo ( who is Chinese) wins against Palmer, then GRC's will be with us forever. Very astute and principled move by WP. (NB WP did not have any other multi-cornered fight except here)
Dr Huang

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