updated: Read the analysis Abang Punya Hammer Besar! by Op-Ed in Singapore.
As I expected, PAP fared worse than 1991 which means it's the worst PAP performance ever. The Opposition won 6 of the 87 seats contested. Not too bad but no tsunami.
Still, there are some similarities which the Malaysian politicians would be interested to study. For one, the Malays became the deciding factor in AlJunied (ramailah Melayu yang terpaksa berpindah flat lepas ni ...). The Malay-Muslims were still seething over Lee Kuan Yew's insensitive remarks about their faith, despite his apology. Singapore has done so well economically in the global arena but in an election domestic issues affecting the people, such as high cost of living, exorbitant property prices, and job opportunities for locals (vs expats), are deciding factors.
Malaysian blogger Big Dog was also in Singapore covering the election: Singapore exercising democracy.
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The first time my friend the blogger Op-Ed from Singapore voted in a general election, the ruling party PAP lost FOUR seats. That was 1991 and the worst ever performance by the party that was co-founded by the late A. Samad Ismail until Lee Kuan Yew kept him out of Singapore and claimed Petir (the acronym Pak Samad gave PAP for Parti Tindakan Rakyat) to be his own - and later his family's. LKY had help from a Malaysian politician who wanted to be Prime Minister at all cost (familiar?) but that's another story.
This morning Op-Ed exercised his voting right for the second time in a general election the PAP is expected by the critics, including myself, to suffer an outcome worse than 1991. But don't dream of a March 08. There's no Pak Lah in Singapore politics.