So the stage is set. Everyone know who they will be up against now.
The next 9 days will be interesting so let’s hope this will be a clean and gentlemanly campaign by all.
Couple of interesting GRC that I would like to comments on.
First the worst GRC won by PAP in GE2011.
East Coast - PAP – 54.83% WP - 45.17%
PAP team - Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and National Development Lee Yi Shyan, Minister of State for National Development and Defence Mohamad Maliki Osman, Jessica Tan.
WP team - Non-Constituency MP Gerald Giam, sociologist Daniel Goh, research and consultancy firm CEO Leon Perera, and ex-librarian Mohamed Fairoz Shariff.
As usual PAP has done some massaging by taking FengShan out from the SMC.
Personally I think they know the that there is a high percentage of opposition support in this area so in order to save the GRC, PAP has decided to risk a single seats rather then losing all 5 seats to WP.
Gerald had done well for the past 4 years in parliament.
He is well know now and veteran Minister Lim has small impact to the resident of East Coast. To me he is a neutral Minister, at least he don’t say stupid things but he love to cry.
I think PAP has a slight edge here after taking out a SMC but still will be a very very close fight. Fingers crossed!!!
Holland-Bukit Timah GRC - PAP – 60.08% SDP – 39.92%
PAP team - Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister of State for Ministry of Education and Ministry of Communications and Information Sim Ann, lawyer Christopher de Souza and DBS managing director Liang Eng Hwa.
SDP team - Chee Soon Juan, Professor Paul Tambyah, compliance auditor Sidek Mallek, and healthcare administrator Chong Wai Fung.
PAP did rather ok well here in GE2011.
What will be interesting this year is Chee will be leading the team and also the team of Professor Paul Tambyah is formidable.
Also recently Vivian had been doing quite badly and he has been saying the wrong things. Namely the Hawker food saga, politician have to be pay well…. Etc.
It will be interesting fight and I am looking forward to Chee and Vivan crossing swords.
However I think PAP will still win here but their overall votes will be less then GE 2011.
Finally Uncle Lee old GRC. Tanjong Pagar!
This will be the first time people of Tanjong Pagar will get to vote for 50 years!
PAP team - Minister Chan Chun Sing, former senior police officer Melvin Yong and ex-public servant Joan Pereira.
Senior Minister of State Indranee Rajah, and Chia Shi-Lu,
SingFirst team – Tan Jee Say, Ang Yong Guan, Chirag Desai, Fahmi Rais and Melvyn Chiu.
Personally I think PAP will win here, else they will not put a ex millionaire policemen here.
But what will be interesting will be how many percentage of the votes will PAP win.
The GRC is not tested and without Lee I think the swing will be towards the opposition.
Nevertheless we got to thanks Singapore First for at least giving the people of Tanjong Pagar a voice.
So all is set now! Will be looking forward to an exciting 9 days ahead!