Permits & Passes
Monday with the Editor: A Look At The Election Results
people have spoken! The People's Action Party (PAP) has
garnered 75.3 per cent of all valid votes cast. If the PAP
is sitting for an examination subject, that score translates
to an A1 grade for the subject - a distinction, no less.
opposition MPs - Mr CHIAM See Tong and Mr LOW Thia Khiang -
have managed to hang on to their seats in Parliament, but by
a smaller margin than before.
opposition candidate - Mr Steve CHIA of the Singapore
Democratic Alliance (SDA) - will be offered a
Non-Constituency MP seat in the new Parliament by virtue of
his being the best-performing loser.
candidate who attracted my attention was Associate Professor
HO Peng Kee. Prof. HO was initially thought by the bookies
to have a 50-50 chance of winning the seat for Nee Soon
East, the constituency he had served as MP for more than ten
should Prof. HO have only that slim chance, I asked myself.
I paid a visit to his constituency on Polling Day. I almost
couldn't recognise the place. It's been years since I was
there last and all the flats there which were built in the
early 80s have received a complete makeover. I was jealous
for a moment - yes, jealous of those who live there now. I
have since moved to Hougang which is Workers' Party
territory and Hougang is now like Nee Soon East in the
chaps who gave Prof. HO a 50-50 chance of winning Nee Soon
East must be crazy, I thought to myself. If I were
privileged to be living there, I would not hesitate to vote
for him. So, I told myself, that probability couldn't be
true. I said the poll result would prove the bookies wrong.
And prove them wrong it did on Polling Day. Prof. HO went on
to win 73.7 per cent of valid votes cast!
wish to say is this. People can bet what they want to bet
on, but there's no denying the truth - that a person who has
put in so much time and effort, at the expense of his family
and body (he's got greying hair nowadays you know), into a
constituency cannot go unnoticed by its residents but will
receive his just rewards.
|General Election 2001
Nomination Date: 25 Oct 2001 Polling Date: 3 Nov 2001
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