Why the Worker’s Party lost big time in 2015

November 13, 2015

What was supposed to be an easy peasy walk over for the Workers’ Party (WP) in Aljunied GRC turned out to be a touch and go event.

This should prompt the perceptive reader to ask – why did the voters turn out in such huge numbers this time for the ruling party all across the island? Why weren’t the WP able to replicate the same conditions that accounted for the 2011 victory?

Many theories have been postulated, some say it’s the post LKY effect. Other suggest, the PAP has fixed many of it’s problems etc etc.

My personal theory on why the WP performed so abysmally this time round was because the WP chief Low Thia Khiang pursued the wrong strategy – he kept quiet. He didn’t want to ruffle feathers and worse of all he actually believed that WP could just continue to harvest the benefits as the collective consciousness seemed to be against the PAP.

In truth during his shambolic leadership from 2011 to 2015, the entire WP team, including party heavy weights chairman Sylvia Lim, Mr Pritam Singh, Mr Chen Show Mao and Mr Muhamad Faisal Abdul Manap all impersonated submarines on ultra silent mode. The sum total of what they all had to say from 2011 to 2015 could very well fit into a postage stamp….hardly a whimper!

Wonder no more why so many people who once put their faith in WP – gave them all the thumbs down this time round.

Low Thia Khiang should step down and take full responsibility for WP’s monumental failure!

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‘This Low Thia Khiang is what I call a cheap durian jatuh kaki. Please you can all quote me. If he has a problem with that label, I will gladly see him in court. But I digress.

In the kampung there is a sort of vagabond who will appear just around the durian season. This character is an opportunist. His life mission statement is – something can come out of nothing – so during the durian season he will squat around durian orchards and when the fruit falls – he picks it up and sells it.

To put it another way, this is the same zero imagination strategy Low Thia Khiang has been pursuing since their spectacular victory in 2011.

This fellow actually believes, he needs to do very little except be in the right place at the right time to win!

He doesn’t believe in sticking his neck out….taking calculated risk….and going for the summit. That accounts for why the WP has consistently remained silent on so many contentious and divisive issues that affect millions of Singaporeans and stakeholders – they were silent when the PAP brought the internet to heel with a slew of draconian laws…not a single word…not even so much as a whimper. Again they were silent when many bloggers were hauled up and shut down. They preferred to take strength in silence. They are many other cases as well, where many expected to them to weigh in, but instead they kept mum.

Yes, I don’t disagree silence is certainly golden – but please let us not forget that aphorism needs to be put in the correct context. As it pays nought, when people expect you to say something and you plumb to remain silent instead – then in my book. I say you are not only cowardly, but you have also demonstrated to all that who once supported you, you do not have a firm understanding of what it takes to be a political leader. You are what politic pundits call a fair weather politician – someone who prefers to get by, by playing it safe.

By opting to remain silent when everyone expects you to say something. It demonstrates the highest level of dereliction of duty along with a total failure to scale the important….as result, you fail!

So I will call Mr Low a cheap durian jatuh kaki! Please quote me. You have every right to do so and I will encourage you to do so.

As this five cents durian jatuh kaki actually believes, he can reap all the benefits without having to stick his neck out one millimeter.

Six months before the 2015 GE, if you scroll back at my blog post. I advised, George Yeo to run. I wrote unequivocally, he will win! You know why – because since as far back as 2013. I have been telling everyone – the only thing WP is good for is keeping mum and pretending as if they live in a parallel universe. That to me is hardly an exageration and a very accurate description of WP, because since their political inception into main stream politics. They have adopted a mind boggling strategy of say and do absolutely nothing on every single occasion – as a result many in the internet simply gave up on them as an alternative to PAP.

Many netizens even privately asked me – should we fight alongside WP? I told them plainly, what’s the point when they don’t even support you? Fight for them for what!

I challenge Mr Low and the WP to sue me. Only be mindful. I am a very rich man. So I don’t mind going nine rounds with this cheap durian jatuh kaki in court lah. To me they are a bunch of useless opportunist.

If I have any regrets, it is only this. I did not forcefully make an personal case to write to General Yeo to contest the Aljunied seat – as we had already gathered reliable intelligence from the grassroot level as far back as 2013, WP would suffer a monumental defeat. Had the good general contested – it would probably tip just enough and Aljunied would have been one of the greatest come back stories in Singapore’s political history. But that is something I have to live with….that I admit was a failure of leadership on my part.

As Singapore is a small country and we need capable leaders we can all respect and emulate.’

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