Or is there one more People’s Action Party newcomer waiting in the wings to be introduced? Or, better still, one of the 18 who stood down will be called back to serve due to popular demand?
I ask these questions because the numbers for the PAP don’t seem to add up at this stage.
Twenty-four new candidates have been rolled out while 18 serving MPs, including office holders, have stood down, according to the Straits Times. (left)
Two PAP MPs have died while in office.
There are three additional seats in Parliament.
That means the PAP would need 87 candidates to contest the coming GE.
Here is the math:
PAP holds 82 seats in current 84-seat Parliament
(2 MPs died)
(18 stepped down)
24 new comers
Implied number of PAP candidates to date: 86
Number of available seats in next Parliament 87