Since nomination day and polling day was announced, I’ve been following closely twits and facebook posts on #sgelections. The PAP has been trying to engage people on the web, but seem to be faring very badly. I dare say that this is the first time someone like SM Goh is encountering “Fast & Furious” frank and honest responses from ordinary citizens which he’s likely never faced before in face to face meetings.
I wonder about the impact and repercussions social media will play on this election. That it will have an impact is an understatement. Will it tip the balance and perhaps galvanize support for the opposition to the point of enabling the opposition to capture more than one GRC? Issues are given more time to be examined and questioned, and no longer controlled by state media.
This, in tandem with the coming out of credible candidates in the opposition ranks is generating an incredible tide of people suddenly finding that they suddenly have a voice, that its now safe to speak up and be heard. Whatever the results come 7th May, this 2011 elections is truly the tipping point for Singapore politics. I believe this will see the turning of the tide against the PAP as the single dormant political party, and the emergence of multi-party politics in Singapore.