SINGAPORE – In his first, albeit indirect, comments about the results of Saturday’s General Election, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said at a community event in Tanglin Halt last night that “2011 has seen a generation that does not remember from whence we came, but that is to be expected. But I do, and those amongst you who are over 50 will remember”.
He also cautioned: “Do not believe that the Singapore flight can be on auto-pilot. We will run into storms, we will run into all kinds of emergencies and we must have good pilots on board.” The Minister Mentor was speaking to residents in Queenstown to celebrate the completion of several pavilions at a community plaza.
Earlier, the Minister Mentor, accompanied by his five-member team and Radin Mas MP-elect Sam Tan, had toured Tanjong Pagar GRC for almost two hours on an open-top bus to thank voters for their support (picture). The People’s Action Party (PAP) team in Tanjong Pagar was returned unopposed, while Mr Tan won the contest in Radin Mas with more than 67 per cent of the vote.
Speaking to the media, Mr Lee was asked about the swing in support, which saw the PAP secure 60.1 per cent of the vote, down from the 66.6 per cent it garnered in 2006 and the lowest by the party ever.
“I’m sure the Prime Minister and his team would sit down carefully and analyse the reasons and adapt our policies. I can’t say more. I’m not the Prime Minister,” said Mr Lee.
Asked by a Berita Harian reporter whether Mr Lee’s comments had affected the party’s votes, Mr Lee said that he did not think so.
‘I have not actually worked with the Tanjong Pagar GRC grassroots team before, I only met some of them this morning,’ said new MP Chia Shi-Lu, a last-minute entry into the PAP’s Tanjong Pagar team this morning.
Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency (GRC) looks set to be the only ward that will not be contested in the upcoming elections.
With just two days to go before Nomination Day, the candidates tipped to be standing in the GRC said they would not be doing so.
In a media statement released at 4pm today, the team which includes Socialist Front chairman Ng Teck Siong and Singapore Democratic Alliance assistant secretary-general Nazem Suki said they were pulling out because of a shortage of funds and the last-minute withdrawal of support from the SDA.
The statement added they were very disappointed and said it was too late for them to find replacement candidates to contest the GRC at the May 7 polls.
It added: “We plead for your empathy, and hope that the people of Singapore continue to support the Opposition cause.”
Speaking at the Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency Family Day event at Bukit Merah View, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew tells residents how fortunate Singapore is to be free of natural disasters and the good education system it has. He says this includes the policy of keeping the polytechnics for those who think with their hands. But he also stresses the need to work on the country’s declining birthrate, and urged motorists to be more courteous.