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What’s a strong win for Singapore’s PAP amid Covid-19 and political succession?

Jul 04, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
"These thresholds have come to indicate the relative degree of satisfaction with the PAP since it has been so overwhelmingly dominant for so long. This remains the case even though they have no practical effect on PAP governance and control," said Chong Ja Ian, associate professor of political science at the National University of Singapore.

The government subsequently made constitutional changes allowing for more non-ruling party representation in Parliament, to avoid what leaders described as a "Freak" election result of voters exercising the desire for alternative voices at the polling booth but inadvertently toppling the PAP.In terms of share of seats, 1991 was also a turning point, where for the first time since 1968, the PAP lost four seats to the opposition.

"The PAP expects and wants to be in total political control. This is deeply rooted in the PAP's view of itself, as a meritocratic elite deserving of exceptional latitude to get on with ruling without too many challenges or scrutiny between elections," said Rodan.

Inderjit Singh said: "The PAP wants voters to send a message to the PAP that they have confidence in the 4G leadership to lead Singapore in the next 10 to 15 years."

Opposition members such as former NCMP Dennis Tan, who is seeking to help the Workers' Party retain its single-seat ward of Hougang, has described the scheme as a "Poisoned chalice" while former PAP stalwart turned opposition party leader Tan Cheng Bock said it was a "Ploy" to entice voters to support the PAP.Indeed, the PAP is seeking to mobilise its base and persuade swing voters to come to its side.