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GE 2011: Hot GRC matches to watch

Posted by singaporege2011 on April 28, 2011

Aljunied GRC

PAP: George Yeo, Lim Hwee Hua, Cynthia Phua, Zainal Abidin, Ong Ye Kung

WP: Low Thia Kiang, Sylvia Lim, Chen Show Mao, Faisal Abdul Manap, Pritnam Singh


The Workers’ Party is fielding its strongest team in Aljunied where it lost narrowly in 2006. Given the expected vote swing towards the opposition, the popularity of Low Thia Kiang and the impressive credentials of WP candidates, it will be a tough call for the PAP to retain Aljunied. Mr Low has shrewdly upped the stakes by warning Singaporeans that they could end up with no opposition MPs in parliament. He also brings with him years of experience of managing a Town Council which will assauge the anxieties of voters over a new team taking charge.


Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC

PAP: Wong Kan Seng, Ng Eng Hen, Zainudi Nordin, Josephine Teo, Hri Kumar Nair

SPP: Chiam See Tong, Wilfred Leung, Mohammad Hamim, Benjamin Pwee, Jeffrey Lee


Mr Wong is a ‘walking duck’ after the escape of Mas Selamat in 2008. He was greeted by a chorus of ‘Boos’ and shouts of ‘Mas Selamat’ when he spoke to the crowd on Nomination Day. Mr Chiam is widely respected by Singaporeans for his long service to the nation as Singapore’s longest serving opposition MP since 1984. He brings with him two former government scholars in Benjamin Pwee and Jeffrey Lee. Though Bishan-Toa Payoh has been uncontested since 1988, there are a significant proportion of lower-income Singaporeans in Toa Payoh who may feel left out by the PAP’s economic policies over the years. As for Bishan, it has a large number of middle class voters who are feeling squeezed by the rampant inflation and influx of foreigners.


Holland-Bukit Timah GRC

PAP: Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Christopher De Souza, Liang Eng Hwa, Sim Ann

SDP: Dr Vincent Wijeysingha, Tan Jee Say, Dr Ang Yong Guan, Michelle Lee


Dr Vivian is facing a tough challenge from SDP’s ‘A’ team in his first ever electoral contest. Though hampered by his mishandling of the YOG, the PAP should still win in Holland-Bukit Timah GRC due to the advantages of incumbency and continued doubts about the SDP’s credibility. While SDP has sought to portray a ‘softer’ image in the coming GE, the damage has already been done by the media’s demonizing of its leaders as a group of ‘radical crankpots’ in the last ten years and it will take some more time before it is reversed. Nevertheless, it is already a near miracle that the SDP is putting up such a strong team to contest against the PAP and it can even pull off a surprise victory on polling day if Dr Vivian continues to shoot off his mouth again.


Tampines GRC

PAP: Mah Bow Tan, Masagos Zulkifli, Heng Swee Kiat, Irene Ng, Baey Yam Keng

NSP: Goh Meng Seng, Gilbert Goh, Raymond Lim, Syafarin Sarif, Reno Fong


Mr Mah Bow Tan admitted lately that he is expecting to lose some votes over the housing issue, but it is unlikely that he will be defeated in his stronghold of Tampines where he has been the anchoring MP since 1988. While Mr Mah may not be exactly popular among Singaporeans, his fellow colleagues such as Masagos Zulkifli and Irene Ng are well liked among the Malay voters whom the opposition NSP will have difficulties winning them over. Furthermore, Goh Meng Seng is a relatively lightweight and has discredited himself already by his numerous postings on Sammyboy forum. He was unceremoniously asked to leave Workers’ Party in 2006 for disgracing the party with his online comments.


Marine Parade GRC:

PAP: Goh Chok Tong, Seah Kian Peng, Latimah Fateef, Tan Chuan Jin, Tin Pei Ling

NSP: Cheo Chai Chen, Nicole Seah, Abdul Salim, Ng Chung Hon, Yeo Tiong Boon


Despite the media hype over NSP’s star candidate Nicole Seah, it is highly unlikely that she alone will be able to bring her team to a victory single-handedly in Goh Chok Tong’s stronghold of Marine Parade where he has served since 1976. Though she may be able to win some votes from young Singaporeans, the older voters are likely to opt for security by staying with SM Goh. While the widespread public unhappiness over Ms Tin Pei Ling’s candidacy is likely to cost the PAP votes, it may not be enough to propel NSP to a victory. Even then, reducing SM Goh’s winning margin to less than 10 percent is likely to embarrass the former prime minister of Singapore.

What are your predictions in these hotly contested GRCs? Please feel free to share your views with us here.

One Response to “GE 2011: Hot GRC matches to watch”

  1. jay sim said

    What about the other GRCs such as Moulmein- Kallang?

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