SMU Prof Bridget Welsh: PAP has ‘miscalculated’ in its by-election campaign
Posted by temasektimes on May 27, 2012
The People’s Action Party has miscalculated badly in its election campaign for Hougang which enables the Workers Party to retain its stronghold easily with 62.09 percent of votes on Saturday, said Singapore Management University Professor in Political Science Bridget Welsh.
In an interview with Yahoo News, Prof Welsh criticized the tactics used by some PAP leaders which reflect badly on them:
“Some of its leaders did not come off well. Attacks reflect poorly on the attacker ultimately….The reasons are two-fold. The PAP tactics are outdated.”
PAP leaders have questioned the integrity of WP candidate Png Eng Huat who appeared to flip-flop over whether he was interested in a NCMP position in the aftermath of last year’s General Election, but it turned out to be a non-issue despite constant harping on it by the mainstream media.
“The reality is that personal attacks are not what people are interested in. Rather they want solutions for the problems they face in their daily life, from the MRT to jobs,” said Prof Welsh.
She added that it’s time to PAP rethink its approach and engage voters more through genuine and respectful dialogue.
“The PAP just is missing the point in how it engages politically, as it is not adapting to the new reality of different needs and new expectations of a more empowered electorate.”
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has earlier said the government is addressing the issues faced by Singaporeans and it will take some time for the reforms to take effect.