23 May '12, 4am

Yawning Bread: #hougangbyelection campaign shows PAP on auto-pilot.

Yawning Bread: #hougangbyelection campaign shows PAP on auto-pilot.

Political researcher James Gomez once said to me: “Elections in Singapore all follow a pattern. The first two or three days of the campaign are about the issues and the rest are about a man.” At the time, he was referring to general elections. I see now that it applies equally to by-elections. The People’s Action Party (PAP) has made character assassination its chief campaign strategy. Again. The “man” in this instance is obvious – it is Png Eng Huat, the Workers’ Party candidate in Hougang. I see that today’s mainstream Straits Times has whipped itself up into a suitably loyal frenzy by using the phrase “allegations of dishonesty” in one of its headlines. I have no intention of commenting on the details of these “allegations”. They are so ridiculously inconsequential, it only shows how clean the man is. Is that all the “dirt” that the huge machinery that is the PAP can fi...

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