Sunday, April 30, 2006

Election Photos Day 1

From one of our readers

Day 1:

8.00pm: Singapore Democratic Alliance rally at open field by Potong Pasir MRT station


8.30pm: People's Action Party rally at Serangoon Stadium


9.30pm: Worker's Party rally at Kampong Ubi by Maha Bodhi School







--- Reposting since the link above dont work ---
Day One

8.00pm: Singapore Democratic Alliance rally at open field by Potong Pasir MRT station
The first place I visited after work was Potong Pasir - it's the closest to me and right next to an MRT station.
There the mood seemed more anticipatory. There wasn't much participatory enthusiasm. It felt more like people waiting to see what would happen. The crowd was sizable but still only a couple of hundred people. Perhaps it was too early in the evening? The SDA speakers were decent but didn't seem to have a unifying aim to what they said. Just a lot of scattered points about various issues. Didn't see anything being handed out or sold though I did see one man holding a NSP newletter.

This photo is from the top of an old block of flats - I think it was six storeys high.

8.30pm: People's Action Party rally at Serangoon Stadium
From Serangoon MRT station, I caught a bus to Serangoon Stadium. Crossing the overhead bridge to the Stadium, I saw that it was deserted except for policemen packing up and leaving. A family of Indians watching from the bridge said that a couple of buses with PAP supporters had come by earlier, but they then left. They suggested that it had been "cancelled by the weatherman". Personally I suspect that the buses went over to the Choa Chu Kang rally.
The picture here is taken from the overhead bridge.
Comment: while the picture is definitely not a complimentary one for the PAP, one must remember that percentage-wise, far fewer PAP supporters would turn up for a rally. Curious people would also tend to go for opposition rallies because they already know what the PAP platform is. This makes it dangerous to predict electoral results based on rally turnout.

9.30pm: Worker's Party rally at Kampong Ubi by Maha Bodhi School
On the way home by bus, I passed by Arumugan Road at about 9pm and noticed temple flags! I originally did not intend to go to the Worker's Party rally but given the possibility of visiting a possible temple event along the way, how could I resist?
As it turns out, the only thing going at Arumugan on was a wayang at Lorong Koo Chye Sheng Hong Temple. Popped my head round the corner to check the temple's Tiger shrine and took a few photos of the flags (they had a whole field with birthday flags for different deities) before heading down Ubi Avenue to the Worker's Party rally.
Given that the rally site was in the middle of a mixed housing estate and industrial area, I was suprised to see the size of the crowd: there were a few thousand people there. The Party was also selling manifestos and newsletters at $5 each (ouch!). Given the size of the crowd, I had to run to the top of a nearby HDB flat (11th floor) for a shot that could reflect the size of the crowd.
Generally the speakers achieved a beter rapport with the crowd and their speeches were more focused. They obviously had a planned party platform and position that all speakers were following.
With that many people, it is no surprise that the field was extremely muddy. When my left foot sank ankle-deep into the mud, someone nearby wryly commented: "that's what PAP gives us".

Am only sorry that I could not make it to Choa Chu Kang Park as well. Hopefully I can catch a PAP and a SDP rally during the weekend (Sunday or Monday - sadly am working on Saturday evening).