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

Posted on 11 December 2014

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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