In an election which saw the resurgence of Dr Chee Soon Juan and the SDP, more quality candidates from the WP and the opposition going in guns blazing in all constituencies for the first time ever, it was the PAP that came out tops.
The party topped its GE 2011 performance by some 10 percentage points, winning 69.86 percent of the total votes – a rude shock for some and a pleasant surprise for others.
It also wrested back Punggol East SMC from the WP, and fended off strong advances from the SDP in Holland-Bukit Timah and the WP in East Coast.
With this result, the PAP holds 83 out of 89 seats in parliament, while the WP takes the remaining 6 places after winning in Hougang SMC and Aljunied GRC.
In his victory speech, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said:
“We are very grateful, we are very happy, but at the same time, we are very humbled by the result.”
“Tomorrow will be better than today. SG100 will be better than SG50.”
They say that this result differs from the sentiments they’ve been getting from the ground.
This “national swing” could have come about from the feel-good vibes from last month’s SG50 celebrations, together with the death of first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew in March could have swayed voters to the white corner.
Reform Party chief Kenneth Jeyaretnam has said that Singaporeans have been “brainwashed” an should stop complaining as they have gotten the “government they deserve”.