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Singapore General Elections 2011-2012: Watershed or Watertight?

Mustafa Izzuddin, Dr Munir Majid (chair)
3 March 2011, 6.30pm, COL.B212

singaporeIt is not uncommon to read about the lack of interest both within and outside of Singapore when the country holds its General Elections because the electoral outcome is a predictable one with the incumbent political party having always garnered an overwhelming majority in parliament since the country's independence. Yet, there appears to be much abuzz within the Singapore political landscape leading up to the General Elections slated to be some time in 2011.

As a scholar who has closely followed the Singapore political scene for many years with the additional advantage of being involved in grassroots activities for about a decade, Mustafa seeks to provide a balanced assessment by discussing some of the salient themes and issues that are of concern to the electorate, and some of the main transfigurations that have taken root within the political landscape in Singapore.

Quite simply, what can we expect from the 2011-2012 Singapore General Elections? Would the elections be a watershed that ushers in some form of political tsunami, or watertight, that is, more of the same, and so there was much ado about nothing? Mustafa makes the initial assessment that the coming elections is likely to be a semi-watershed consistent with a changed political landscape that bears greater fruit for the opposition than in the past, but not a political tsunami that drastically reduces the incumbent's overwhelming majority in parliament.   



Mustafa Izzuddin is completing his doctorate in International Relations at the LSE. His thesis studies the evolution of Malaysia-China relations between 1974 and 2009 from a neoclassical realist perspective. Mustafa has received several accolades for his contributions to the non-governmental sector in Singapore.


Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid is Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS and Head of the Southeast Asia Programme.




B212, Columbia House Level 2, London School of Economics.