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Opposition supporters consolidating their base, moving to east of S’pore before next GE

Opposition supporters consolidating their base, moving to east of S’pore before next GE

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Good move.

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Opposition supporters from all walks of life, who are starting to think ahead of time for the betterment of Singapore, are moving into the east side of the country.

This after they recognised that there are about 30 percent of them in the entire population and they can make headway if they consolidated their base in a few selected GRCs in the east of Singapore.

One opposition supporter, Fan Dui Dang, said: “Now is the time. If all the opposition supporters move into a few GRCs, we will form the overwhelming majority.”

“United, there is strength. Divided, there is gerrymandering.”

At press time, opposition supporters are divided amongst themselves as to whether they should rethink their strategy, by moving into Tanjong Pagar GRC or Ang Mo Kio GRC at the same time instead, for maximum impact.

 

 

 

 

 

 





S’poreans accept GE2015 gerrymandering changes to electoral boundaries

S’poreans accept GE2015 gerrymandering changes to electoral boundaries

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They understand lines redrawn to keep up with tradition.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who are kind and understanding, have come out to say that they accept the gerrymandering changes made to the electoral boundaries ahead of GE2015.

This after Moulmein-Kallang GRC and Joo Chiat SMC are among some other constituencies that have suddenly disappeared overnight.

One Singaporean, Gao Zhen Zhi, who used to live in this thing called Moulmein-Kallang GRC, said: “I always read about gerrymandering but never had a chance to appreciate what it means.”

“Now I get to witness it first-hand, this almost makes you want to believe the rumours that constituencies that almost went the opposition’s way in the last election get conveniently redrawn.”

Other Singaporeans said they have also learnt the same valuable lessons so far from seeing how Serangoon is still classified as part of Marine Parade GRC.

Another local, See Long Kong, said: “The incumbent has always made it a point to make it seem like they want to win by practising some unfair advantage.”

“I guess they are just sticking to tradition.”

 

 

 

 

 







New Korean citizen PM Lee Hsien Loong to move 6-member GRC from AMK to Seoul in classic gerrymandering move

New Korean citizen PM Lee Hsien Loong to move 6-member GRC from AMK to Seoul in classic gerrymandering move

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This will make it harder for the opposition to form a GRC team to contest there in the next election.

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In what is perhaps the next best classic political move of his career, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be redrawing the electoral boundaries by moving his six-member GRC from Ang Mo Kio to Seoul, Korea.

This after it was announced on Dec. 11, 2014 that PM Lee has been made an honorary citizen of Seoul by its Mayor Park Won Soon.

Professional political observers who heard this news said they were not surprised as gerrymandering has long been common in Singapore politics for decades.

They also said it was a matter of time before the electoral boundaries get cut up and merged across transnational boundaries, which is to the detriment of opposition political parties.

One such observer, Lim Koh Pee, a retired local who goes to the coffee shop everyday with his pet bird in a cage, said: “This will definitely make it more difficult for the opposition political parties to gather their resources and mobilise their volunteers and candidates, as they don’t even have a base in Seoul, Korea.”

Once the relocation of the GRC is completed, the current constituents of Ang Mo Kio will not be able to vote in the next general election as they will no longer be represented by any political party.

This will continue to strengthen the PAP’s grip.

Self-styled political pundit, Eric de Yaya, said: “This is a strategic move that will pay dividends in the long run.”

“It will be harder for Workers’ Party to form the next government because they cannot do so by toppling one GRC after another domestically, as the rest of the GRCs and SMCs will be relocated all over the world in a few years’ time.”

 

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