In their monthly surveys of 1,000 samples conducted every month between Jan 2014 and Nov 2015, research company Blackbox concluded that the majority of Singaporeans voted for the ruling PAP because of the death of Lee Kuan Yew. Election campaigns, government performance and policies have little or no impact on the result.
“The death of Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew was found to have a significant “multiplier effect”.
Following his death, there was a surge in national pride and support for the PAP. In effect, the younger generation was reminded of Singapore’s achievements, and this is not to be underestimated … When (Mr Lee) passed away, the entire 50 years of achievements … were brought back to the surface, which to no surprise, boosted public satisfaction (with the Government) on many metrics we were measuring.
In November 2014, when respondents were asked how the PAP would fare compared with 2011 if elections were to be held, almost six in 10 said the PAP would maintain or improve on its vote share of 60.1 per cent received in GE 2011. In April last year, that proportion rose to eight in 10 as the Government Satisfaction Index reached 80 per cent — the spike on both counts was due to what Mr Black called “the LKY effect”.”
The PAP candidates surfed on Lee Kuan Yew’s death during the 2015 General Election, making it their key election campaign strategy. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong would give speeches about the achievements made during his father’s times, while glossing over real issues like MRT breakdowns and cost of living. The ruling party candidates were also busy attacking the Opposition Workers’ Party financial accounts, often making defamatory statements accusing the Opposition candidates of corruptions and dishonesty.
Below is the video of Lee Hsien Loong making a speech in GE2015 copying his father’s speech made in the 1970s: