Firstly I hope all of you are having a well-deserved rest this Sunday. I have never seen people work so devotedly and tirelessly, with very little sleep, as you have worked. Thank you, the Reform Party owes you all a huge debt of gratitude.
As the analysis and chatter comes in on the internet, there is one statistic to be borne in mind. Our share of the total vote, (4.3%), is greater than two long-established parties that have been going for nearly thirty years. The fact that RP got nearly 34% of the vote in West Coast despite our brand not being well known yet shows the power of our message and how our core values resonate with the voters. We have only been actively campaigning for two years yet have succeeded in putting the RP firmly on the map. Who would have thought that there would be space for a new party? In demonstrating that there is, we have changed the political landscape of Singapore forever.
We fielded a very young and inexperienced team at the last minute in Ang Mo Kio and as a result they only had nine days to campaign. The team raised their own election deposits and organized their own posters and flyers. They still performed creditably and the experience gained will stand them in good stead in the next election.
West Coast GRC had not been contested for fourteen years and many of the residents we met had not voted before in their lives. We are proud of having given them a chance to vote for the first time and to normalize democracy.
Two incidents in particular struck me. One was the disabled woman who climbed the stairs of our office with some difficulty but was still determined to volunteer as a polling agent. I saw you at one of the polling stations on Saturday putting in long hours in the cause of democracy. Thank you for all your hard work. Another was the young woman who came up to me and said she had flown all the way back from China to vote. She thanked me with tears in her eyes for giving her and her family a chance to vote for the first time.
Messages of support and encouragement have been flooding in via SMS and Facebook. They will be going up shortly. Also I was overwhelmed by the number of people who approached me last night wanting to become members and future candidates.
On Monday we will start our work of preparing for GE 2016. The Reform Party will be focusing on the West Coast GRC and the SMCs of Radin Mas and Pioneer. I promised to move into West Coast should we win. I still intend to do this and on Monday will start looking for a house in Pioneer. We intend to move the Party office there as soon as practicable and to start implementing as much of our 5 Year plan as is practicable.