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{May 9, 2011}   GE 2011 – The Aftermath

celebrating milestones are best experienced with friends. birthdays and new year’s eves being the most common. awaiting the 2011 election result is an even bigger reason to get together because everyone’s vote at dinner influenced the outcome.

the order of the day was steamboat. i wish the weather didn’t have to be so sweltering hot.

Polling Day Steamboat

from 9.30pm we, as did most of singapore, tuned into the election results programme on channel news asia to be kept abreast with the verdict. by about 11pm, news of aljunied grc going to the workers party was reported in facebook and twitter. the sources include the straits times, today online and the online citizen reporters on site. it was only at 11.30pm that the results of some SMCs were announced by the now famous returning officer yam ah mee. the returning officer only announced the score for aljunied near 2am.

these two screenshots of the timeline on twitter illustrate how fast information is passed on and bypassing mainstream media while at it. the live updates also convey a sense of unprocessed and raw immediacy.

GE 2011 on Twitter 1

GE 2011 on Twitter 2for reference, the full results can be found on the elections department website. in summary, opposition representation increased from 2 to 6 in this general elections, also the first time an opposition won a GRC. low thia kiang’s risky decision to leave his SMC of many years to contest in the neighbouring GRC served him well. the same cannot be said of chiam see tong.

even when the PAP won most of the seats in parliament, their average vote garnered has been on the decline and dipped to 60.1% this time i.e their mandate is weakening.

much of the election results has been said and analysed. many singaporeans, at least those who air their views on the bloggosphere are optimistic about the changing political climate in singapore. the workers party’s victory in hougang and aljunied will definitely give a louder alternative voice in government should there a case of groupthink among the ruling party.

on the ground, many people have turned to reputable bloggers for political commentary and incisive perspectives about local politics such as the online citizen, yawning bread, siew kum hong and gilbert koh. at least i have.

my home does not subscribe to the straits times. a couple of months ago, i considered paying for the online subscription of the straits times. this is how much subscription to the straits times cost.

Cost of Straits Times Online Subscription Cost of Straits Times Subscription

after witnessing how overtly bias the straits times is during this period of elections, i’ve decided to use the subscription money for better purposes – donate it to the online citizen especially since i referred to the online citizen for breaking news and photographs a lot more than the straits times. since gazetted as a political association, the online citizen can only accept donations from singaporeans so this narrows their pool of donors.

another observation i’ve made is that people with similar political leanings tend to spend time in each other’s company. i think it goes beyond being birds of the same feather casting the vote. the choice made is also indicative of similar value systems, wave length and being on the same page with people you surround yourself with. there is a natural gravitating towards the like-minded and even when the party voted for isn’t discussed beforehand, there seems to be an implicit agreement of what is right. the choice made during the elections is an extension of this.


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