Bukit Batok polls: The aftermath

5 Key insights from the by-election

Ballot boxes being brought into the school hall at the Bukit Batok Secondary School Counting Centre after voting closed on Polling Day.
Ballot boxes being brought into the school hall at the Bukit Batok Secondary School Counting Centre after voting closed on Polling Day. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
The PAP’s Mr Murali (above) and SDP’s Dr Chee touring the Bukit Batok estate on May 8, the day after the by-election, to thank residents for their support. Mr Murali won with 61.2 per cent of the votes.
The PAP’s Mr Murali (above) and SDP’s Dr Chee touring the Bukit Batok estate on May 8, the day after the by-election, to thank residents for their support. Mr Murali won with 61.2 per cent of the votes. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
The PAP’s Mr Murali and SDP’s Dr Chee (above) touring the Bukit Batok estate on May 8, the day after the by-election, to thank residents for their support. Mr Murali won with 61.2 per cent of the votes.
The PAP’s Mr Murali and SDP’s Dr Chee (above) touring the Bukit Batok estate on May 8, the day after the by-election, to thank residents for their support. Mr Murali won with 61.2 per cent of the votes.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

DISCERNING VOTERS

"The fact that the minority candidate won convincingly in a constituency where the racial profile mirrors Singapore society is actually a tremendous testimony to Singaporean voters’ discernment and ability to assess a candidate more on merit than on his skin colour."

SINGAPORE MANAGEMENT UNIVERSITY LAW DON EUGENE TAN

HONEST OPINION

"He is just unelectable. This is the cruel but honest view I have with regard to Chee."

VETERAN OPPOSITION POLITICIAN GOH MENG SENG, on the SDP’s election performance with Dr Chee at the helm.

1. Bye bye, by-election effect?

2. A boost or a blow for SDP?

3. PAP's winning strategy

4. The race factor now diluted?

5. 'Ground game' evolving

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 15, 2016, with the headline '5 Key insights from the by-election '. Print Edition | Subscribe