Singapore government-controlled media omy.sg quoted The Sunday Times and reported that September 12 will most probably be the Election day – soon after the next National Day Rally speech by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
“Political analysts” interviewed by government-controlled media said that the elections will be happening soon instead of late 2016. The next election must be called by January 2017.
Former PAP-appointed Nominated MP Eugene Tan said that the elections could be called within the next 6 months, while NUS Associate Professor Bilveer Singh said the elections will take place weeks from the National Day Rally, which usually takes place two weeks after National Day.
The two speculated that PM Lee Hsien Loong’s May Day Rally speech dropped a lot of hints and carried a heavy political accent. Another “political analyst” Gillian Koh from the Institute of Policy Studies took a jibe at the Opposition Workers’ Party and emphasized that the ability to manage a town council is very basic:
“Managing a town council is the very basic criteria, and has to be done well. So whether from the public sector or the private one, the heart of service and these capabilities will be key.”
On Sunday (July 5), Minister Ng Eng Hen said that the new PAP faces are ready and the ruling party will not place quality PAP candidates in the Opposition-held Aljunied GRC:
“Why would we want to field somebody that we know has a higher chance of being rejected and deprive ourselves of an office-holder?”