Sunday, August 16, 2015

Will PAP keep Marine Parade?


Lee Hsien Loong must be quite desperate when he asked Goh Chok Tong, age 74, to lead the PAP team to fight the Workers Party in Marine Parade GRC. The question is - will GCT be able to help the PAP to keep Marine Parade?

At the 2011 general election, the PAP team, lead by GCT, won Marine Parade with 56.64% of the votes against the team from the National Solidarity Party. The NSP team had the popular Nicole Seah while the PAP team had the unpopular Tin Pei Ling.

At the next general election, the PAP will face the WP which has a stronger branding and more popular appeal compared to the NSP. The WP will likely do better than the NSP did in 2011. Both Nicole Seah and Tin Pei Ling will not be involved in Marine Parade in this round.

Will the WP be able to get a 6.7% swing to win Marine Parade from the PAP? It depends on the strength of the WP team. The leader Low Thia Khiang has already said that he will stay back to defend Aljunied GRC.

If the WP do not send a strong team to Marine Parade, they are not likely to achieve the swing of 6.7%. They will have a chance if Sylvia Lim or Chen Show Mao lead the WP team together with Yee Jenn Jong. Will the WP take this risk?

I have a sentimental attachment to Marine Parade because I helped GCT to win his first election in that constituency and served as his PAP branch secretary for 3 years. That was history. I left Marine Parade in 1985 but continued to be involved in a small way for the next ten years. I had ceased all involvement since 1995.

Let me make this prediction of what may happen to Marine Parade.

In 2011, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew suffered the personal humiliation of seeing the PAP lose Aljunied to the WP. There is a strong chance that GCT may suffer the same humiliation in Marine Parade in 2015/ 16.

It is ironic that the fate of Marine Parade will not depend on the PAP but, instead, will depend on how the WP will act. And my guess is that the WP will take the risk and send Sylvia Lim or Chen Show Mao to Marine Parade.

All the best to the WP and to the PAP. May be better party win.

After-thought: One frightening scenario for the PAP is when Nicole Seah join the WP slate for Marine Parade.

7 comments:

The said...

/// Will the WP be able to get a 6.7% swing to win Marine Parade from the PAP? ///

Kin Lian - the WP does not need a 6.7% swing - it only need a 3.4% swing.

One strategy for the WP is for LTK to remain in Aljunied, but for the rest of the team to move to Marine Parade plus Yww Jenn Jong.

The said...

/// Let me make this prediction of what may happen to Marine Parade.

All the best to the WP and to the PAP. May be better party win. ///

KL - you have predicted a non prediction. Let me stick my neck out - I think the WP will win Marine Parade GRC.

Kin Lian Tan said...

My prediction is: There is a strong chance that GCT may suffer the same humiliation in Marine Parade in 2015/ 16.

Do not disagree, when you have the chance to agree.

The said...

KL - sorry, miss the bit about the humiliation. We are agreed on the same result.

Anonymous said...

Losing GCT in Marine Parade is nothing to LHL since GCT obviously wants to retire. It's a gamble by Lee in which he can lose big time.

yujuan said...

What a contradiction, one hand stressing renewal of leaders, meaning younger, vigorous candidates, and the other, what is an old man of 74 years old working the political ground.
Either it's a sign of PM's desperation, or the old one thought he could hang around till almost 90 years, like his predecessor LKY, or he still thinks he's indispensable.

Anonymous said...

Whatever you say GCT is still a big draw. The marine parade is the best estate because of him. He is the anchor. He may lose some votes but he will be returned, maybe by a nose but still returned, right?

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