Home News SG Politics Level playing field or levelled to the ground?

Level playing field or levelled to the ground?

Author

Date

Category

- Advertisement -

Teo Chee Hian, the deputy prime minister has responded to criticisms that the redrawing of electoral boundaries has affected PAP more than the opposition wards.

“The incumbents are the ones who have the most disruption from any redrawing of boundaries because they are the ones who actually have been working the ground. In the opposition-held wards, there have been no changes, so actually they face the least disruption. If you want to talk about fairness and all these kinds of things, I think the playing field is level, if you do your work on the ground consistently,” Mr Teo added.

His points, though valid to some extent, rang a little hollow with some of the political critics in Singapore.

Workers’ Party’s NCMP Mr Yee Jenn Jong, for example has campaigned in Joo Chiat since GE 2001 for the upcoming elections, witnessed the disappearing of his entire ward due to redrawing of the electoral ward.

- Advertisement -

It is problematic especially for the opposition parties that already have a footprint from the last GE to claim their turf back. Joo Chiat which is now under Marine Parade GRC would mean Workers’ Party has to now decide on whether they will be contesting in Marine Parade against National Solidarity Party in a 3-cornered fight.

With the elections expected to be called right after the SG50 celebrations, opposition parties have little time to sort out their differences.

The key question to ask is, has the redrawing or electoral boundaries created a level playing field or is it designed to level the opposition to the ground even before the words on-your-marks?

- Advertisement -

Kim Lim receives Covid-19 vaccination as part of healthcare sector

Singapore -- Socialite Kim Lim has just received the Covid-19 vaccination as part of the healthcare sector. The 29-year-old billionaire heiress and founder of an aesthetic brand received her vaccine together with some of her staff. Kim documented her experience on Instagram on...

Alamak! IKEA misprints reusable bags, sells them as limited edition

Singapore -- A typo in IKEA Singapore's KLAMBY reusable shopping bag resulted in a discount on its price. The store has admitted to the mistake with an "alamak" and has since tagged the shopping bag as a "limited edition" item that...

Bi-national couple charged with breaching SHN at Ritz-Carlton

Singapore—A British-Singaporean couple are facing charges for offences pertaining to Stay-Home Notice (SHN) requirements, having flouted an SHN at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore Hotel last September. The couple, British national Nigel Skea, 52, and his fiancée, Singaporean Agatha Maghesh Eyamalai, 39, were...