I think the above says it all.
In any other country, the leader of the losing party would always start by conceding defeat and congratulating the opponent on his victory. If the said leader is the head of government, he would also say something like “I look forward to working with so-and-so on our national issues”. And if an election has been particularly divisive, there would be words like “We should heal the rift between us to work on the issues that matter to voters on both sides of the electoral divide”, etc.
Instead, we have a PM who starts by (again) blasting the other party for prompting a by-election, spends more than half his statement praising his own candidate and justifying his party’s loss, then adds a sentence to “also” congratulate the winner, but demands that he “contributes” to Parliament.
Instead of saying he looks forward to working with the WP on the important long-term national issues that he trumpets at the end of his statement, he demands Mr Png’s contributions first!
He then slips in another defiant statement that he will win back Hougang eventually.
Mr Lee– with this attitude, you may see nuclear energy in Singapore in your lifetime, but you will never win back Hougang in your lifetime.