In the wake of the stunning electoral victory by the Malaysian opposition, many parallels have been drawn to politics in Singapore. Does the demise of the Barisan Nasional after 60 years of political dominance forebode a similar fate for the People’s Action Party in the next general election? While Pakatan Harapan’s victory in GE14 has certainly injected fresh optimism among Singapore’s opposition and their supporters, it is not enough if real change is to take place.
In a post on his Facebook page, former Workers’ Party NCMP, Gerald Giam called on Singaporeans to “pick up the gauntlet and take action”. He added that politics is “not a spectator sport”, it requires an active citizenry to hold politicians to account.
The next General Election in Singapore is widely expected to be held somewhere in mid 2020. How politics will play out then will largely depend on the response of the people today.