I was alerted to the possibility of a surprise result on cooling day by a WP volunteer who was involved in the campaign. I was told about the torrent of discontent encountered on the ground of people falling through the cracks and seeing their quality of life deteriorate over the years. This was the likely reason for the top brass in the PAP to turn up and try to turn the election around....but trust in the PAP has already broken down.
The changes we have seen so far are merely tweaks to the system the PAP is ideologically comfortable with. There has not been a single fundamental change to improve the lives of Singaporeans. As soon as the effects of the GE2011 wore off and some minor tweaks were made, the PAP was back its old self finding ways to sell the idea of importing people to 'solve' problems. But all problems that affected the quality of life of the people just got worse ...housing, medical care and transport.
During the campaign, the WP candidate brought up a simple suggestion to allow seniors above the age of 75 use their own Medisave for polyclinic treatment, this idea was resisted by Dr. Koh who simply stuck to the status quo when he was interviewed..but the way the PAP treats our seniors shows PAP's ideological extreme - in all other developed Asian countries and Malaysia, they give their elderly free or nearly free outpatient treatment and our elderly can't use their own money in Medisave because our govt wants to keep its healthcare expenditure down to keep taxes low for the rich and spend lavishly on defense and scholarships for foreigners. This small example shows the ideological gulf the PAP has to cross to stop the trust from falling further. How does denying our elderly access to medical care when they have no money....the generation that build this miracle economy, how can it be right....how can it possibly be good for the people.
It is late ...I will continue discussion of the by-election tomorrow and what it tells us about the swelling discontent on the ground.