Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Singapore's Opposition WIns Seat No. 7












The winds of change continue to blow in Singapore. Voters handed Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) its second by-election defeat in eight months, giving the opposition another seat in Parliament. Lee Li Lian of the Workers' Party (WP) won the Punggol East by-election on Saturday in a four-cornered fight. Lee won 16,038 or 54.52 percent of the valid votes, while PAP’s Dr Koh Poh Koon received 12,856 or 43.71 percent of the votes. The Singapore Democratic Alliance party and Reform Party candidates, Desmond Lim and K Jeyaretnam respectively, lost their deposits after falling well shy of the 1,492 votes needed.

The result suggests that Singaporeans too desire for an opposition and that it nestles wide and deep among voters of the future. WP now has seven seats in Parliament and the PAP has 80.

Malaysia is seeing change as well. We know change will happen, that’s for sure. One person exercising one vote. And that is how change happens. That is why GE13 is so important. We are counting on all fair-minded Malaysians to effect change. Ubah!

St Mirren stunned tournament favorites Celtic with a 3-2 victory to set up a Scottish Communities League Cup final meeting with Hearts. My disappointment continued when League One’s Oldham earned a sensational win (by a similar margin) over Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth-round tie. Paul Joyce writing in the Scottish Daily Express on Monday described the latter’s loss as “humble pie on Brendan Rodgers’ menu”!

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