9 May 2006

The campaign for the next election begins now

From Todayonline:

"The election is a politicising process — we politicise and raise the awareness of the young. (Whether) that awareness level will translate into the person joining a party or (becoming) just a supporter, we do not know," he said yesterday. Mr Low did reveal that some young people, "who are interested to join us" either as volunteers or just supporters, have approached his party. The profiles of spectators at his party's rallies also helped him gauge the WP's appeal to young Singaporeans.

"I noticed that there is a sizeable number of younger Singaporeans who are attending our rallies," he added. "When I speak, they listen. I also got feedback from party members that some of them (young Singaporeans) were prepared to join us during GE 2006 or after," Mr Low added.

Get the message out

The opposition parties need to disseminate their viewpoints out consistently and frame public consciousness. It is their duty to get their message out and communicate to the people. It needs to happen 365/7, and not just one week every 5 years. The old granny who was reduced by circumstances in 2002 to selling tissue packets in hawker centres or collecting cardboard boxes in streets to sell to recycling companies continues to vote for the PAP. Yes, she understands times are bad, something has gone wrong, but she never for once associates her situation as a direct effect of national policy. You cannot convince anyone until you frame the message, in other words.

Take back local government

Seetoh Yih Pin is the head of the Potong Pasir RC. Yes, a political man, head of the Residential Committee. Did you know that all holders of RC positions and posts are democratically elected by the residents of their estate? Then again, not many residents of estates know they can vote for their RC members. It is not compulsory to vote for your RC committee. Just how many people actually turn up to vote for their RC leaders?

Opposition parties need to take back local government. Set aside people, volunteer them into RCs, and if possible, mobilise enough residents in selected estates to vote them into RC leadership posts. If RCs can be politicised, and are already politicised, and Senior Minster Goh found nothing untoward about the PAP running an RC in an opposition ward, the precedent is already set.

For better intelligence, recruit election officials

How did Minilee know that it was the young voters from Anchorvale and Rivervale that strongly voted against his party? How is it he knows why he lost a particular swing vote and precinct, but Chiam and Low don't even know which swing voters cast their lots for them?

Until such time when either
a. political polling is legalised, or
b. all precinct results are reported to all parties

what the WP needs to do is to recruit as many people as possible, and encourage volunteers to work as polling agents and election officials. The Whiteshirts have sufficient manpower to monitor precinct voting to the extent where they know (although belatedly) which way the wind is blowing, opposition parties need to beef up on this as well.

What other moves should the Opposition take in the coming weeks and years?

Other posts in the election post-mortem series:
PAP win is Minilee's loss of mandate
Chua Mui Hoong tells the honest truth about the upgrading election gimmick

Other post-election strategy recommendations:
Soon Sze Meng

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pls note that this site is probably visited by *** watchdog. So, if any strategy recommendations or any good suggestions of alternative choice party, it is not wise to pose it here. Keep it among the members of the parties.

Anonymous said...

Oh? I thought what happened was Minilee said that young voters from estates such as Fernvale and Anchorvale voted for the PAP? Perhaps I remembered wrong. Can anyone clarify?

john said...

Pls note that this site is probably visited by *** watchdog. So, if any strategy recommendations or any good suggestions of alternative choice party, it is not wise to pose it here. Keep it among the members of the parties.

Oh, really?

Hey ISD agent or government watchdog, if you are indeed reading this comment: Go fuck yourself. We taxpayers did not pay you to read blogs ok. Why don't you lot go torture James Gomez already?

Just last friday, at the WP rally at Serangoon Stadium, I think I acidentally step on an ISD agent's foot. I said sorry, but the guy stared at me like he wanted to detain me at some poorly lit room and torture me with mind games. I know a crook when I see one.

Anonymous said...

"How did Minilee know that it was the young voters from Anchorvale and Rivervale that strongly voted against his party? How is it he knows why he lost a particular swing vote and precinct, but Chiam and Low don't even know which swing voters cast their lots for them?"

Yes I believe PM Lee said that they "gave (his) team even stronger support than some older parts of the GRC". Get your facts right. And if you read Low TK's press release last Sunday, he mentioned that he enjoyed support from "the young". So which is it, that both of them are making educated guesses based on demographics, or all our votes are not secret?

Please get some things into our heads - both the opposition party representatives and PAP's representatives are present at polling booths, and even during the count. If the vote is secret, it is secret. If it's not, then it's not to both parties. Go read the reports of non-political observing parties - I believe none of them mentioned that the vote is not secret either.

"Just last friday, at the WP rally at Serangoon Stadium, I think I acidentally step on an ISD agent's foot. I said sorry, but the guy stared at me like he wanted to detain me at some poorly lit room and torture me with mind games. I know a crook when I see one."

I believe even an ISD agent is just doing his job. Plus, you weren't detained in the end right? Or maybe, he just wanted you to explain why you stepped on his foot.

- Impassioned Singaporean