What the mainstream media labelled as derisory horse trading turned out to be a demonstration of maturity in the opposition ranks. One by one, they sacrificed personal agendas for a common objective, the return of Singapore to Singaporeans.

Announcing his party’s decision for not contesting in Ang Mo Kio GRC in the coming General Election, SingFirst Secretary-General Tan Jee Say said that they will leave the Reform Party (RP) to take on the People’s Action Party team there.

“Yes, we have decided earlier not to contest in Ang Mo Kio GRC in the spirit of opposition unity. This is not to dilute the opposition votes so as to give RP the best chance to win in Ang Mo Kio, a constituency helmed by the PM himself.”

At another camp, National Solidarity (NSP)’s Secretary-General Hazel Poa relinquished Marine Parade GRC and MacPherson SMC to avoid more multi-cornered fights which are likely to “dilute opposition votes and reduce the chances of a more diverse Parliament.”

Meanwhile Workers’ Party (WP)’s Sylvia Lim thanked NSP for the sacrifices so that they can focus on their targeted 10 constituencies announced. And NSP thanked Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) for withdrawing from Sembawang GRC “in the interest of opposition unity”.

So why is everybody playing nice? Is it the unintended effect of all those overtly sentimental songs with the home-heart-dream themes highlighted by a little boy? Don’t be lulled by the rhetoric of a gentlemanly battle professed by Ng Eng Hen. The horrible person who said Deng Xiaoping was justified in crushing the young bodies of students with heavy tanks is just as likely to pass down the evil lessons of Mao:

“A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.”

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