Statistically, the 2% difference from GE2011 is insignificant. It appears the Yaw issue and Png’s slip-ups barely affected the result.
One less worry for WP, at least for the next four years. I can hear the sighs of relief all round.
At least one thing hasn’t changed: our PM continues to make dumb statements that make him sound like a sore loser. No magnanimity, no graciousness in defeat, unlike Choo. Instead, he starts off by again blaming WP for causing the by-election. And instead of (the usual) calling on parties to heal the rift, he uses his official position as Prime Minister to repeatedly cite “PAP” and Desmond Choo. Indeed, his “congratulations” to Png came only in the ninth paragraph of his statement– and after he thanked those who voted for PAP.