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Ladies and Gentlemen,
The state controlled Singapore newspaper the Straits Times of Feb 18, 2008 has this story, "Polling districts changed". Of course we know elections are round the corner. Lee Kuan Yew has begun gerrymandering, an illegal electioneering practice.
An illegal practice, it is the re-drawing of electoral boundaries by the government in power to get more of their supporters into their boundaries to win, or to redraw the boundaries of opposition wards so as to exclude opposition supporters within it, to make them lose.
The reason why it is illegal is this. Firstly, if the opposition has already secured their ward, the voters in it are entitled to elect their representative whom they already know. By redrawing it and removing a section of them into the bordering ward, they are reducing their chances. Also the voters there want their man who they know and support, not someone else if the borders are redrawn and their representative loses.
Second, it is to protect the incumbent representative there. Since he has won the seat, and has cultivated his support there, it would be wrong to deny him the right to win again, by taking his supporters away.
The Singapore state controlled paper claims the government is doing this so that "each polling district has the optimum number of voters". What does that mean, do you know? I don't. In fact it is so just much drivel and poppycock, nothing more. There is no lawful requirement in elections for every ward to have an "optimum" number of voters.
Quite clearly this is gerrymandering, but I wonder why they even take the trouble. It is quite clear they will win by rigging the elections in the shameful ways I have said here before. They may decide to win all the seats or they may let the harmless Loh Thia Khiang and Chiam See Tong win again, primarily to fool the rest of the world into thinking it is a democracy, and not a one party state, which everyone at home knows it is.
Lee Kuan Yew and his PAP will win hands down, as they have always done. If they don't, they will already have stuffed the ballot boxes and win anyway. Perhaps the ballot boxes have already been stuffed and are on standby. Davinder Singh, Lee Kuan Yew's lawyer has already been briefed to standby with the necessary court papers to for the likes of Francis Seow to finish him off. The state controlled press has already been instructed to splash across their pages the virtues of Lee Kuan Yew's ministers and the cowardly men who stand as the opposition.
Even though Singapore is a small island and constituency of Hougang and Potong Pasir are just a few feet away from Lee Kuan Yew's constituencies, miraculously and oddly, only those within the confines of these two wards are opposition sympathisers and those a couple of feet away are not! If you believe that, you will believe anything.
Lee Kuan Yew will once again rig the elections to win, as he has always done since 1959. He is treating you as a bunch of fools. If I were you, I will refuse to vote. It carries a fine, but if you refuse to vote en masse, there is nothing Lee Kuan Yew could do. Also you can protest. You can stand in the streets to distribute leaflets. You can Email your friends not to vote.
But one thing I can tell you. Lee Kuan Yew will win again, not because the people support him, but because they have no choice because he has got them, that is you, by the neck. It is up to you as to what you want to do.
Gerrymandering is illegal. That is what Lee Kuan Yew is doing before your very eyes.
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