30 Apr '17, 9am

Fear, smear and the paradox of authoritarian politics in Singapore @HelenZille

Fear, smear and the paradox of authoritarian politics in Singapore @HelenZille

Few observers anticipated a 10% swing to the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP ) in Singapore’s general election this month – not even the PAP leadership and its “true believers”. The government received 70% of the vote , an improvement from 60% in the 2011 “breakthrough” election – its worst electoral performance. How did the PAP achieve this? The PAP’s unbroken 56-year rule in Southeast Asia’s only Chinese-majority state has been underpinned by fear, insecurity and a subtle degree of ethno-nationalism. These features become more apparent when the 2015 and 2001 election results are closely examined. The 2001 elections were purposefully held just after the September 11 terrorist attacks. The PAP garnered a whopping 75% of the vote. Stacked in the government’s favour The 2015 election was held after a nine-day campaign , the legal minimum. The electoral process was far from...

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