28 Aug '11, 8pm

After Winning, Tony Tan Tells Us What We Can Expect: Molitics

If there is any lesson that we learn from the Presidential Election of 2011, it is that, contrary to popular belief, democracy is not a popularity contest. You can have two-thirds of the country against you and still win an election. (As a matter of fact, you can actually even have almost three quarters of the country against you.) We know that the 25% of the country who voted for Tan Jee Say would probably never have voted for Tony Tan if Tan Jee Say had not been given the COE. They vote for Tan Kin Lian, Tan Cheng Bock, spoil their votes or simply not vote. It does not take much to see, then, that with Tan Jee Say out of the picture, it would not at all be difficult for Tan Cheng Bock to get another 0.5% of the votes—or considerably more—while Tony Tan’s vote share would remain the same. In other words, Tony Tan may have won, but his first term in office will be plagued ...

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