… in thunder, lightning or in rain…?
When the hurlyburly’s done,
When the battle’s lost and won….
Well, the Hougang battle’s been lost by the PAP and won by the Workers Party. I don’t know when there will be a reprise of the May 26 joust. Perhaps the next general election?
But I know when we three B-D gals would meet again. Soon.
For our next birthday month of May, when our joint celebration is held again, there won’t be the background excitement of a rare Singapore experience — a by-election to add oomph and bite to our always delicious dinner cooked every year without fail by the delectable HWSNBN.
Last night’s dinner was therefore extra-special.
And if DPM Teo Chee Hean had been a fly on the wall of where we had our dinner, he won’t be so confident in his words “the elections in Hougang is quite special, as Hougang is not representative of the whole of Singapore necessarily. Because each constituency is different, and Hougang has its own characteristics..
This is because of the 7 of us at our wine-dine-whine din-din, there was only one person rooting for the PAP.
OK, one of those present is a Hongkonger who dropped into SG for a quick visit. So he didn’t count.
The remaining six are all Singaporeans, all having the vote, provided where they live won’t have a walkover at the next GE. And I’m sure that walkovers are likely to be a thing of the past!
Three live in the East Coast, two in the Orchard Road area and one right in the City Centre — their votes would count in the Marine Parade, Tanjong Pagar and Moulmein-Kallang GRCs. Only one of these six were sad that the PAP lost on Saturday!
I’m not saying that the outlier is me or it’s not me.
What I would confess to is that I was dead wrong about the PAP’s prospects in Hougang. Which shows the strong pulling power of the WP, the strong turn off that has become the PAP or a combi of both.
Meanwhile, it was a delightful dinner, with two vintage white wines and a bottle of Moet & Chandon, which weren’t a lot split among 7 hearty eaters