Under normal circumstances, nobody really gives two shits about PAP rallies. However, COVID-19 has made many Singaporeans start tuning in to the Prime Minister’s broadcasts. Seizing the opportunity, the PAP rolled out a series of “national broadcasts” about the post-covid-19 future from 7 to 20 June which looks suspiciously like an election rally schedule.
The first speech “Overcoming the Crisis of a Generation” on Sunday, 7 June evening was given by the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong where he reminded Singaporeans of uncertainties ahead – a typical election trick – and then reassured them that “my Cabinet team, with the support of the whole public service, will do our best to lead us towards this enduring vision of what Singapore can be. We need every one of you to work with us”. Sounds like election promises and pleas right?
In the coming evenings, other ministers Lawrence Wong, Teo Chee Hean, Chan Chun Sing, Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Heng Swee Keat will be giving speeches in turn. Yes, they activated Tharman this time after his long-time MIA from the national media because the PAP is doing everything to increase their chances of securing the 2020 elections.
Strangely, the PAP has been insisting that they are not sure of the election date due to the COVID-19 situation although it is clear they have been gearing up for it. The deputy prime minister Heng Swee Keat also recently hinted that elections should be held soon. The longer they keep the date in suspense, the more leverage they have over opposition parties.
Let’s not forget how the PAP’s excessive focus on elections distracted them from proper handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and led to the current state of crisis our country is facing today.