Monday, May 29, 2006

Audio from The Singapore GE 2006 Post Mortem (May 23, 2006)

The five panelists were Dr Chee Soon Juan of Singapore Democratic Party, Ms Denise Phua of the PAP, Mr Perry Tong of the Workers’ Party, and political commentators Dr Catherine Lim and Assoc Prof Ho Khai Leong. The NUSS session was moderated by Chandra Mohan. Date 23 May 2006.

Recorded and uploaded by MichaelCSW

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Speaker: Catherine Lim

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Speaker: Perry Tong

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Speaker: Chee Joon Suan

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Speaker: Ho Khai Leong

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Speaker Denise Phua (Part 1)

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Speaker Denise Phua (Part 2)

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Q&A Part 1

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Q&A Part 2

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Q&A Part 3

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Q&A Part 4

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Q&A Part 5

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Did mainstream media coverage of the GE improve in 2006?

Above: Yawning Bread analysis of unprofessional journalism practised by ChannelNewsAsia.

Cherian George on SINGAPORE ELECTIONS AND THE MAINSTREAM PRESS and further views from Alex Au of Yawning Bread.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Channel News Asia on the impact of the Internet on the Singapore General Elections 2006

Aired on 12 May 06, CNA looks at the role of the Internet (e.g. blogs, podcasts and forums) in fostering political discussion and independent news coverage during the recent Singapore General Elections. Reported by Farah Abdul Rahim.

Time is GMT + 8 hours
Posted: 12 May 2006 1557 hrs

Blogging activity up during Singapore election campaigning /video

By Farah Abdul Rahim, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : During the nine-day election campaign, the number of blog articles on the subject grew nearly 10-fold compared to before Nomination Day, showing the online community's interest in Singapore's general election.

Observers have hailed this as the first election in which the Internet had an impact on Singapore's political culture.

With Singapore being one of the most plugged-in and Internet-savvy countries in the world, it was no surprise that the election was closely watched and discussed online.

One indication was that before Parliament was dissolved, the number of blog articles on the election numbered about 20 a day.

This number doubled to more than 40 after Parliament was dissolved in the run-up to Nomination Day, and it averaged over 190 during the nine-day election campaign.

The interest has not waned even after the results, with 195 blog articles posted daily since Polling Day.

Said Goh Kheng Wee, managing director of NexLabs, "It is a very interesting trend. I think it's the first time citizen journalism is really taking its form in the Singapore election. Of course in the last election in 2001, blogging did not exist. Citizen journalism -- probably the best expression is in blogs and it was very prevalent in this election here. A lot of people took it upon themselves, felt empowered by technology to report what they see, feel, hear from each election, giving detailed accounts online with the hope of sharing that account as accurately as possible."

A check with blogs like yawningbread, singaporeelection, and sgrally showed that the James Gomez saga was the top election theme, followed closely by estate upgrading, according to NexLabs, which monitors online trends.

The hottest Group Representation Constituency discussed was Aljunied.

One blog received about 5,000 to 6,000 hits, double the usual number.

Serious discussion aside, there were also political satires, like one podcast by bloggers mrbrown and Mr Miyagi.

The podcast, which was a parody of the James Gomez affair, had 60,000 downloads and some 100,000 partial downloads.

What do the numbers mean?

Said Associate Professor Randolph Kluver, executive director, Singapore Internet Research Centre, " In this election, clearly the Internet took on a more prominent role in helping to define the news agenda and helping people to sort through the issues, to discuss the issues. So there are these subtle transformations of Singapore's political culture, in terms of making politics a little less serious, a little less formal, increasing the ability of people to comment upon it, to add variations upon it, to reformulate policies in a more nuanced way that hasn't been there before."

Political parties also made their presence felt in cyberspace.

The People's Action Party rejuvenated its Young PAP website to include a forum to discuss the latest issues, while observers said opposition parties like the Workers' Party and the Singapore Democratic Party also tapped on the Internet.

The election may be over but observers say it is still too early to assess the impact of the Internet on the election.

The Information Communications and the Arts Ministry is currently studying this issue.

But one thing is certain -- the Internet community is only expected to grow further before the next general election. - CNA

Gomez Incident as covered on Channel 5

Video includes:
-CCTV captures
-George Yeo's supermarket analogy
-Gomez's apology
-Wong Kan Seng's rebuttal

Monday, May 08, 2006

Chiam welcomed by residents of Potong Pasir after results announced, 6 May 2006

Residents of Potong Pasir turn out in force to welcome Chiam after his victory is announced for the Singapore General Elections 2006.

Workers' Party thanking their supporters after results announced

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Mr Lim Boon Heng on PAP's aims to win at least 80% of votes in Ang Mo Kio GRC

SDA's Chiam See Tong addressing residents after win

Singapore election 2006, SDA Potong Pasir Chiam See Tong Address to residents after election results and his Potong Pasir win.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

WP's James Gomez arrested

Our sources tell us that James Gomez of the Workers' Party has been detained by the police at Changi Airport on charges of criminal intimidation.

We will update this site with more information when we have it.


May 7, 8:35 AM EDT

Singapore opposition politician arrested for allegedly threatening election officials

Associated Press Writer

SINGAPORE (AP) -- A Singapore opposition politician was arrested Sunday for allegedly threatening the country's election officials, a day after he failed to win a seat in national elections, an aide said.

Workers' Party candidate James Gomez was arrested Sunday for alleged "criminal intimidation," his aide Jacob George said. Gomez was attempting to leave the country but was stopped by immigration officials, who turned him over to the police.

"We don't know the specifics, but it could be due to the minority certificate," said George, referring to an incident when Gomez initially accused officials of misplacing his election papers more than a week before Saturday's election.

He subsequently apologized after security camera footage showed he put the form into his bag. The academic claimed he was distracted.

Gomez was part of a five-member Workers' Party team that contested a multimember ward against the ruling People's Action Party, where a minority candidate is compulsory.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's PAP won 82 of 84 seats in Singapore's 10th general elections since independence in 1965.

"Police received a complaint against James Gomez from the Elections Department, and police are investigating," said police spokeswoman Siow Cheng Cheng. She did not elaborate.

A security official, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with policy, said Gomez has not been charged. If found guilty for criminal intimidation, Gomez could be jailed for up to seven years.

It is not immediately clear why the elections department waited till after the polls to file the complaint.

The incident was played up by ruling party politicians and local media, which rarely deviate from the government line.

Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew, called Gomez, 40, "a liar" and a "bad egg."

"He's not a fool ... He's saying he's got brains," elder statesman Lee was quoted on state-broadcaster Channel NewsAsia's Web site as saying. "Well, what do you use those brains for?"

Lee is the father of the current prime minister and wields considerable influence as "Minister Mentor" in his son's cabinet.

The PAP said they targeted Gomez, a researcher with a Stockholm-based institute, as it was an issue of credibility.

WP "Suicide 6", Ang Mo Kio, reactions to the results

The Workers' Party team of six young newcomers, nicknamed "gan si tui", challenged the PM at Ang Mo Kio GRC and received 33.87% of the vote there. The PM's team received 66.13%, below the expected 80%.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

WP rally, Serangoon, 5 May 2006

Sylvia Lim and Low Thia Khiang saying the pledge in English and Chinese.

SDA Rally,Potong Pasir, 5 May 2006

Crowds cheering Chiam

Steve Chia's speech

WP rally, Serangoon, 5 May 2006

Sylvia Lim

Mr Low Thia Khiang - English with National Pledge (Part 1)

(Part 2)

Mr Low Thia Khiang - Chinese
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

James Gomez
Part 1
Part 2

Crowds video

SDA Rally at Potong Pasir 5 May 2006

WP rally, Serangoon Stadium, 5 May 2006

Friday, May 05, 2006

WP rally, Serangoon Stadium, 5 May 2006

Taken at Serangoon Stadium 1845hrs

SDA rally, Sembawang GRC, 5 May 2006

PAP rally, Segar Rd, 5 May 2006

More videos from WP Rally, AMK 4 May 2006

Low Thia Khiang (Chinese speech)

Low Thia Khiang (English speech)

Sylvia Lim

James Gomez

More photos of WP Rally, AMK, 4 May 2006

From a forum reader:

Very good shot from Blk 523!...In fact all the corridors from the 2nd flr to the 12 flr are also full...likewise for all the open space in front of Blk 523 and below those trees at the bottom right corner

From a forum reader:

Special police was deployed after the rally. Barriers were set up alogn the pavement to enforce the traffic light rules (just like yesterday's Yishun rally) but it hindered the dispersion of crowds.

WP Rally, AMK 4th May 2006

WP Chairman speaking: Sylvia Lim


End of rally, crowd stay behind chanting


More speeches: Lee Wai Leng, James Gomez, Glenda Han

PAP Rally, UOB Plaza, 3rd May

[This was for the rally at UOB Plaza on the 3rd of May at 12 noon -215pm I didn't manage to record everything,and the names of the speakers are mentioned in the audio recordings so apologies about that I don't have the exact details]

Special Feature: PM Lee

More recordings here, here, here, here, here,here, here and here.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Friday Rallies

WP rally, Ang Mo Kio, 4 May 2006

WP rally, Ang Mo Kio, 4 May 2006

Open field bounded by Ang Mo Kio St 51 & 52

SDA Rally, Yio Chu Kang, 3 May 2006

SDA Rally, Yio Chu Kang, 3 May 2006

Speaker is SDA Candidate for Yio Chu Kang SMC Mr Yip Yew Weng. Venue Yio Chu Kang Stadium

Part 1

Part 2

SDA CCK Rally, CCK Park, 2 May 2006

Part 1

Speaker Mr Yip Yew Weng (SDA Candidate for Yio Chu Kang)

Part 1 (With arrival of Mr Chiam)

Part 2

Part 3

Women led away by police at PAP lunch time rally 3 May 2006

A women was led away by the police when she tried to approach LHL at the rally. She had some grievances and wanted to seek the help of her "Justice Bao" PM Lee.

Some PAP Rally Clips

Please send us some PAP rally coverage!

We really ARE waiting for submissions for PAP rallies because we've received next to none. The last thing we want is to be seen as, is a one-sided media archive, because this is not what this site is about. So please send!

Our email address is

Please include in your email to us:

1. The name of the speaker(s);

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And thanks to all the hardworking people and citizen journalists on the ground who have been recording and sending us all the rally coverage so far. Your participation has totally exceeded our expectations. Thank you!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

SDA rally, Choa Chu Kang, 2 May 2006 (Yip Yew Weng)

Speaker: Yip Yew Weng

SDA rally, Macpherson SMC, 2 May 2006, Yip Yew Weng speaks

Speaker : Yip Yew Weng, candidate for Yio Chu Kang SMC

Location : Open field bounded by Geylang East Central, Aljunied Ave 1 & Ave 2, beside multi-storey carpark & Blk 118

Time : 7pm - 10pm

SDA rally, Macpherson SMC, 2 May 2006, Sin Kek Tong speaks

The name of the speaker(s);

Sin Kek Tong, candidate for Macpherson SMC

2. Where the rally took place;

Open field bounded by Geylang East Central, Aljunied Ave 1 & Ave 2, beside multi-storey carpark & Blk 118

3. The date and time.
3rd May 2006. 7pm - 10 pm

Field report and photos on the PAP rally, Hougang, 1 May 2006

(Photo taken from the same height as the now-famous WP Hougang rally one, at about the same time, around 21.15h)

Yawning Bread covers the PAP rally at Hougang, which took place on the same field as the WP Hougang rally, on Monday night (1 May 2006), one day after the WP rally.

Field report and photo essay on PAP rally here.

The Star newspaper on the Singapore GE

The Star in Malaysia reports on the Singapore GE, with WP Hougang rally photo on the front cover.

The crowd swelled to some 10,000 even though the sound system was terrible, the field a bit mushy and the stage, from a distance, looked like a bright but tiny spaceship.

It was the sort of crowd that PAS in Malaysia used to command during its heydays in the 1990s.

“Even Andy Lau (one Hong Kong’s four heavenly kings of pop) cannot get this sort of crowd,” said a press photographer as he battled his way through the mass of bodies.

Note: The Star's estimation of the crowd size is likely to be incorrect. The crowd was more than the 10,000 mentioned in The Star report.

Yawning Bread did an estimation based on his photograph in an addendum to his original report:

Addendum - how many people?
I said in an earlier article that I'm no good at assessing crowd sizes, but now's the time to try a little harder to estimate the number of people in the above picture (which is less than the entire audience at the rally).

If you look at the top picture, you'll see that there were 15-16 people seated on the stage. This suggests that the stage was about 9 metres wide and 5 metres deep.

Now look at the bigger photo. Using the dimensions of the stage as the yardstick, and allowing for the fact that the bottom of the photo would be on a different scale from the back of the photo (due to perspective), I estimate that the area covered by the photo, excluding the road at the back, would be about 150m across and about 200m from bottom of picture to nearly the road.

That's 30,000 sq. metres. This being the thickest part of the crowd, the density was about 3 persons per sq. metre (they were standing shoulder to shoulder - see bottom picture). That means the total number of people encompassed by the bigger picture was about 90,000.

Add those outside the picture (less dense), and perhaps the total number of people at the rally was 100 - 120,000.

Photos from WP Rally, Tampines, 2 May 2006

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

SDA rally, Jalan Besar GRC, 1 May 2006

Chiam See Tong speaking at Jalan Tentaram, SDA rally, Jalan Besar GRC, 1 May 2006.

Arrival of Chiam See Tong

Chiam's speech 1 of 2

Chiam's speech 2 of 2

Photos from Workers' Party rally, Joo Chiat, 1 May 2006.

Workers' Party rally for Joo Chiat SMC, near East Coast, 1 May 2006. More photos here.

SDA rally, Potong Pasir, 28 Apr 2006

Steve Chia speaking at SDA's rally in Potong Pasir. Open field bounded by Upper Serangoon Road, Meyappa Chettiar Road & Potong Pasir Ave 1.

More videos from WP Rally, Hougang, 30 April 2006

Low Thia Khiang:

Ms Sylvia Lim Swee Lian (In English):

Other videos:

Goh Meng Seng (in Chinese)

Ms Lee Wai Leng (in Chinese)

SDP Bt Panjang Rally Audio Clips - Miss Chee Siok Chin

Full speech of Ms Chee Siok Chin and Mr Gandhi @ Bt. Panjang Rally

PAP rally, Hougang, 1 May 2006

Open field in front of Blk 837 Hougang Ave 4.

Note: ground was wet due to rain.

Banners seen at WP Hougang Rally, 30 April 2006

Monday, May 01, 2006

Low Thia Khiang speaking Teochew, WP Rally, Hougang, 30 April 2006

Low Thia Khiang Teochew speech, WP Rally, Hougang, 30 April 2006. Video originally shot by hammerhammer. In Teochew.

Part 1

Part 2

PAP Rally clips

Looking for PAP Rally clips. Please send to them to us if you have any. Our email address is

Please include in your email to us:

1. The name of the speaker(s);

2. Where the rally took place;

3. The date and time.

Field reports and photos on WP rally, Hougang, 30 April

Photo taken by Yawning Bread at WP rally, Hougang, 30th April 2006.

Field report by Yawning Bread here.

"And that's only the central part of the crowd. The swarm was wider than my widest lens."

Other photos taken by other attendees:

Photo taken by hotbotz who went early to the WP rally, Hougang, 30th April 2006.
Read his photo essay here.

SDP Bt Panjang Rally Videos and Audio, 30 April 2006

Workers party cheering at Hougang rally, 30 April 2006

A short 20sec clip on WP cheering even 30mins after the rally. There was a booo at the end was allegedly directed at the media.

Workers' Party Rally, Hougang, 30 April 2006

Workers' Party Rally, Hougang, 30 April 2006 7pm-10pm, audio recording.

Click on mp3 file to listen:
Part 1 of 2
Part 2 of 2

SDA Rally, Yio Chu Kang Stadium, 30 April 2006

SDA candidate Cheo Chai Cheng speaking at the Rally at Yio Chu Kang on 30th April

SDA candidate Lim Tung Hee speaking at the Rally at Yio Chu Kang on 30th April (Part1)

SDA candidate Lim Tung Hee speaking at the Rally at Yio Chu Kang on 30th April (Part2)

SDA candidate Steve Chia at the Rally at Yio Chu Kang on 30th April
[These clips feature Steve Chia's entrance into Yio Chu Kang stadium while Mr Lim Yung Hee was addressing the crowd. The rest of the clips were Steve Chia's speeches, but they were very short clips. Sorry about that, my camera was running on low batts by that time and it keeps shutting off automatically]

SDP Woodlands Stadium Rally 29 April 2006

1. The name of the speaker(s);
Chee Soon Juan arrived and the crowd was cheering "SDP! SDP!"

2. Where the rally took place;
Woodlands Stadium

3. The date and time.
29th April. About 8pm.

Low Thia Khiang, 30 April 2006

A GE 2006 rally scene at Hougang, a Workers' Party very turf, yet with many supporters! Mr Low Thia Khiang's speech in Teochew, truly a classic.