Mr Low Thia Khiang, please don’t …

  • … leave your precious Hougang Single Member Constituency for a Group Represenation Constituency and/or
  • allow your Workers Party to get involved in a three-corner fight, wherever that might be!

I’m making this appeal for the sake of fellow Singaporeans, the Opposition and yes, even the PAP which needs credible opponents!

I’m making this appeal because from recent media reports (see sample below) it looks as if you may be rail-roaded that way by the best intentions.

avoid that wrong move!

Yours is a credible Opposition voice which isn’t all about hammering the PAP, or the FamiLee, or simply Opposition for Opposition’s sake, just because the mighty US of A has “it” and so has the once-mighty UK.

Rather, Mr Low, you and your WP chairman are the kind of MPs who I think even the PAP won’t mind having on its back benches, checking and balancing the inner cabal of the Cabinet and other party big wigs.

So don’t lose that voice — nurtured over two decades and four election victories — with some ill-advised move to a GRC.

You will not be any lesser a leader or sect-gen if you don’t stand in a GRC.

By all means have the WP contest a GRC or two or as many as your party resources can bear: just don’t get involved in 3-corner fights, whether in a GRC or SMC. You know what will happen in three-corner fights, no matter what one self-appointed cheer-leader of 3-corner fights says.

As i said in a previous post, have you heard of any of the PAP Big Three moving out of their GRCs in order to prove they are true leaders and have pulling power? Did any of the Ministers quit their safe home ground to try and wrest Potong Pasir from Mr Chiam See Tong or Hougang from you?

Instead, it was mostly left to newbies to try and try!

The PAP’s is a tried and trusted strategy. Bear that in mind when contemplating to hand Hougang to one of your proteges!

OK, so Mr Chiam wants to go for a GRC. That’s not a good reason for you to do ditto. A true leader needn’t imitate anyone else, especially when that anyone else isn’t the best strategist bar none!

Good luck, Mr Low.

PAP is great but the Opposition is certainly getting better! So don’t lose that hard earned momentum with wrong moves!

Essential to win a GRC, says WP’s Low
04:46 AM Mar 14, 2011
by Teo Xuanwei

SINGAPORE – Winning a Group Representative Constituency (GRC) is as much an aspiration as it is a necessity – in terms of ensuring effective party renewal – for the Workers’ Party (WP), going by what its chief Low Thia Khiang said yesterday.

Speaking to reporters after WP’s first public walkabout in East Coast GRC, Mr Low expounded on the strategic importance of capturing a GRC: “The Opposition can capture single seats but, to make progress, it’s not that easy. The question always falls back: ‘What happens if … something happens to me? Will we be able to retain Hougang?’.

“If you are in a GRC, perhaps you can ensure a smoother renewal and continuity,” the Hougang Member of Parliament (MP) added.

The GRC system is also the People’s Action Party’s (PAP) “trump card” and also “a mechanism of gerrymandering”, and Opposition parties “have to break through that”, he said.

Breaking the PAP’s stranglehold on GRCs since they were set up in 1988 also presents an opportunity to show that the Opposition can manage a GRC well.

To achieve this target, Mr Low said the party has incorporated “much younger people” into its central executive committee.

“What we are trying to do now is to inject a certain depth into the party … so that you will see that WP is not just led by Low Thia Khiang or (Non-Constituency MP) Sylvia Lim but there will be other younger leaders,” he said. “In the next elections, you will see that the party … will also probably have newer members who can probably play a leadership role, with the maturity and experience in their professions, in their fields of expertise.”

Asked about his slate of new candidates, Mr Low demurred, only saying that it will be a mix of mature and younger members, including some professionals, such as lawyers and researchers.

Party members who were more active in meeting residents at Block 58, Upper Changi Road, yesterday morning were treasurer Eric Tan, 55; deputy webmaster Png Eng Huat, 47; assistant webmaster Gerald Giam, 34; exco member Mohamed Fazli Talip, 29; and ordinary member Angela Oon, 32.

Mr Low, however, declined to disclose who his potential candidates in East Coast GRC would be or whether he would be leading a GRC team at the coming polls, saying all will be revealed on Nomination Day.

Copyright 2011 MediaCorp Pte Ltd | All Rights Reserved


7 thoughts on “Mr Low Thia Khiang, please don’t …

  1. Why should 3 corner fights be avoided? Let me make a simple assumption – in most cases, the opposition can’t win on a one-on-one. A candidate that is ‘chosen’ by the ‘co-ordination committee to avoid 3-corner fights’, may not be endorsed even by those who intend to vote for the opposition. The best way to avoid a 3-corner fight is for the opposition parties to have an opinion poll in those hot-cakes wards between parties which intend to run and see which one comes up on top. The ‘losers’ will then endorse the people’s choice. It should not be done like some triad dividing territories in a dark meeting room. 🙂

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  3. While I agree with you that 3-corner fights should be avoided, on the other hand I think LTK stands an equal good chance of winning a GRC given this good opportunity of arrogant PAP’s increasing unpopularity with Singaporean generally.

    Imagine the boost for the opposition if LTK and/or CST can win a GRC seat. I personally think the odds are better than winning at our 2 ‘family-oriented’ Gambling Dens and definitely worth the try ? Afterall, is there much to lose if we go back to square one ?

  4. Alan, the GE isn’t abt gambling. If Mr L contests in a GRC and his team loses, he’s out of Parliament, tho if his team is a good runner-up, he may return as an NCMP. What a let-down then for him and WP! What a victory for PAP: we lay a trap n u walk in!

    I may be wrong but I think the odds of Opp winning a GRC is lousy. PAP may be unpopular with 40+% of the electorate and a heck of unpopular with some 10 to 12% within the 40+% group who are super vocal. But this unlikely to translate into defeat at a GRC.

    So, if I were strategising for the Opp, I would say, test the ground at a couple of GRCs but go for the real juggular at the 12 SMCs.

    Going by the advice of those who favour LTK n other Big Guns going for GRCs will play right into the PAP’s hands and Yawning Bread’s forecast of a possible 86-1 apres polling day could be a reality.

    What a May Day! May Day! it would be for PAP & NTUC 😈

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