Just yesterday, I had questioned the interesting timing of PM Lee’s directive to the National Development Ministry to conduct a review of the AIM-town council saga.
And today, there was an announcement that the government had called a snap by-election at Punggol East SMC.
Interesting. Parliament sitting starts next Monday and that week is when Workers Party will grill the government on town council management issues related to AIM.
Guess what? Nomination Day is on 16 January, same week as when Parliament session resumes. Polling Day is 26 Jan.
Guess a by-election is a great tactic to divert attention from the AIM time bomb. They must be hoping the irate public will change their focus to the by-election from today till at least Feb.
In today’s multi-tasking era, I think the people are able to focus on more than one issue and to keep AIM alive until all the critical questions have been answered satisfactorily. As for the mainstream media, will they aim their news attention at the by-election to bury AIM? Your guess is as good as mine.
EDIT – Workers’ Party subsquently withdrew the motion as they want to hear the results of the government’s review first. Smart move.