I am quite surprised that the by-election will be held so early. I believe the by-election is held as soon as possible so that the whole of Singapore can then concentrate on the financial budget debate as well as the ongoing Our Singapore Conversation.
With so many parties expressing interest to contest in the Punggol East by-election, I believe the by-election seems to be more of a National referendum with the various parties taking this by-election as a platform for them to express their views on the issues which Singaporeans face since the General Election in May 2011. So what are the issues that will be debated? I believe beside bread and butter issues, one hot issue which has the PM himself direct a committee to review is the ongoing AIM saga which has seen a top local blogger asked by the PM to remove his blog posts about AIM; a former Presidential candidate commenting on the AIM saga as well as MPs like Teo Ho Pin, Grace Fu and Baey Yam Keng commenting on the case on their Facebook websites.
On the local front, the Rivervale Plaza upgrading delays will definitely be talked about by the various Opposition parties during their rally.
Though I am not a Punggol East constituent, like many other Singaporeans, I am quite excited as it is not that frequent that a single-member-constituency by-election can take place in Singapore. As there will be quite a multi-corned fight, I believe the ruling party will still win the by-election by some percentage of votes. Even if there is a 1 to 1 fight, I believe the ruling party will still win as compared with the General Election 2011, this time round, there are less hot social issues.
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