This year’s General Election (GE) will no doubt go down in history as a watershed election with surprising wins and worrying percentage points.
The People’s Action Party (PAP), Singapore’s longest ruling party, retained power by winning the popular vote share by 61.2 per cent, but its support took a sharp fall, while the alternative parties made gains putting up a good fight.
Of the 93 Parliamentary seats up for grabs, the PAP won 83, while The Workers’ Party (WP) won the other 10 seats.
Reflecting on the results of GE2020, Francis Yuen Kin Pheng from the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) took to his Facebook on Thursday (16 July) to express that he feels a “sense of gratification” knowing that PSP has “helped create a new dawn” in Singapore’s political scene.
Mr Yuen, who contested in Chua Chu Kang GRC, believes that “credible alternative parties are here to stay and they can only get better”.
“It is also clear from this GE that there are better quality candidates from the outside than within the ruling party,” he added.
In his post, Mr Yuen also noted that this will be a trend going forward, instilling “greater political awareness and interest” among the younger generation, adding that Singapore will “benefit from this changing trend”.
He went on to say that everyone in PSP is encouraged by the “growing pipeline of applicants” looking to be part of the party.
“This will help build up a good bench strength of fresh talents for the next GE,” Mr Yuen added.
“It is exciting and it feels like being in a start-up company with great potential. This gets my adrenaline flowing.”