Sign up | Log in



Home  >>  Daily News  >>  ASEAN ANALYSIS


Asean Affairs  3 May 2011

Asean election season begins in Singapore

By  David Swartzemtruber

AseanAffairs     3 May 2011

Related Stories

May 2,2011
The post Bin-Laden era in Asia

May 1,2011

April 29,2011
Guangxi to become Asean gateway

April 28,2011
Nuclear fears stall Thai nuclear development

April 27,2011
More than termites eat up cash in Asia

April 26,2011
ADB: rising oil, food prices threaten growth

On May 7 this coming Saturday, Singaporeans will go to the polls to vote for a new government.

The Singapore election will be followed by elections in Thailand and Malaysia.

In past years, the Singapore election has been a ho-hum event as the People’s Action Party (PAP) has won every one of the 10 previous general elections dating back to 1959. At the last election in 2006, the party won 82 of the 84 seats in parliament. However, there are concerns that a growing income gap, rising inflation and a tidal wave of immigrants and transient workers are creating concern among voters.

To many Singaporeans the economic and immigration policies that have created modern Singapore are at the heart of the country’s dilemma as manifested by the gap between the haves and have-nots. The cost of living has taken off like a Chinese rocket.

Opposition leaders raise the question, “What is the point of having a First World gross domestic product with Third World purchasing power?”

There is also some belief that many foreigners are in Singapore just to line their pockets with little attachment to the country.

More than 25 percent of the 2.3 million voters are under 34 years of age and younger voters are more open to change.

Saturday’s results could be the start of a genuine two-party system in Singapore if opposition parties capture more parliamentary seats than in the past.

Singaporeans like continuity and stability and the PAP has delivered that in a safe environment with excellent public transport, a fabulous airport and two huge income-generating casinos.

If the opposition can increase their number of seats to more than four in parliament it could signal a significant change in Singapore’s political landscape.

Paul A. Ebeling, Jnr

Reach Southeast Asia!
10- Nations, 560- Million Consumers
And $1 -Trillion Market
We are the Voice of Southeast Asia Media Kit
The only Media Dedicated to Southeast Asia Advertising Rates for Magazine
  Online Ad Rates

Comment on this Article. Send them to

Letters that do not contain full contact information cannot be published.
Letters become the property of AseanAffairs and may be republished in any format.
They typically run 150 words or less and may be edited
submit your comment in the box below




1.  Verifier

1. Verifier

For security purposes, we ask that you enter the security code that is shown in the graphic. Please enter the code exactly as it is shown in the graphic.
Your Code
Enter Code

Today's  Stories    3  May 2011 Subsribe Now !
• Southeast Asian terrorist groups react Subcribe: Asean Affairs Global Magazine
• Economic program boosts penny stocks Asean Affairs Premium
• Malaysia hopes for peace
Research Reports
on Thailand 2007-2008

•Textiles and Garments Industry

•Coffee industry

•Leather and footwear industry

•Shrimp industry

• Real estate drives Philippines industry        
• Thai inflation spikes in April

• Gas supplies dwindle as Japan buys

• Thailand’s CP eyes new markets

• Iron ore exploitation destroys lake p

Asean Analysis    May 2011

Advertise Your Brand
• Asean election season begins in Singapore Sponsor Our Events

Asean Stock Watch    May 2011

• Asean Stock Watch-May 3 p

Global News Impacting Asia    17 November 2010


• Bank of America sees Asian inflation


• Lloyd’s increases insurance push in Malaysia


• Wells Fargo analyst on euro


• Obama’s visit to Asia


ASEAN NEWS UPDATES      Updated: 04 January 2011

 • Women Shariah scholars see gender gap closing
• Bank Indonesia may hold key rate as inflation hits 7 percent

• Bursa Malaysia to revamp business rules
• Private property prices hit new high in Singapore
• Bangkok moves on mass transport
• Thai retailers are upbeat
• Rice exports likely to decline
• Vietnamese PM projects 10-year socioeconomic plan


This year in Thailand-what next?

AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More


Home | About Us | Contact Us | Special Feature | Features | News | Magazine | Events | TV | Press Release | Advertise With us

| Terms of Use | Site Map | Privacy Policy  | DISCLAIMER |

Version 5.0
Copyright © 2006-2020 TIME INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
Bangkok, Thailand