In a media interview with the Singapore press, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong cross-referenced US politics with Singapore and commented that Singaporeans have their concerns addressed.
“It’s because the population feels anxious, feels unsettled, feels angry and doesn’t feel that the existing political leadership and process are articulating or addressing those emotions. They may be emotional; they may not actually be helping to solve the predicament they are in, but there are real concerns which people have and which the governments have got to try and solve.
These are pressures which build up and they could build up in Singapore because, as a developed economy, we face some of the same challenges as they do. And if we are unable to address that, people will feel like there is no other avenue to have their concerns seen to, and their feelings spoken for. Then I think we can have a problem.”
In the recent 2015 General Election, Lee Hsien Loong’s ruling party won a 69.8% mandate even though there were still a variety of ongoing complains from the retirement system to cost of living. The win was largely attributed to the passing of his father Lee Kuan Yew, where he played up emotions of Singaporeans via the SG50 campaign.
When queried about the date of the upcoming by-election at Bukit Batok SMC, Lee Hsien Loong said “When it happens, you will know.” It is a common political strategy of Lee Hsien Loong to call for snap elections to catch the Opposition off-guard.