10 May '11, 12am

Our reader says he voted for the PAP in Aljunied GRC because "the WP left me with no choice." #SGelections

UNLIKE voters in my generation - the older electorate who bought into the 'carrot and stick' strategy of the People's Action Party (PAP) - today's younger generation prefers the soft and empathetic approach. The younger voters have shown that they prefer the latter than a style of governance predicated on pragmatism and firmness. Be that as it may, the decision of the Workers' Party (WP) to contest in Aljunied GRC ironically laid the groundwork for the PAP's success in other constituencies at the expense of WP's fellow opposition parties. For older voters like me, the fear of a PAP defeat in Aljunied GRC convinced me to vote for the ruling party in Tampines GRC. I voted thus because the WP left me with no choice. In my view, there was nothing to fall back on if voters elsewhere plumped for the opposition. If I had voted for the opposition in Tampines GRC, and if it had won...

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