Twenty-two Members of Parliament retired from politics at this year's general election. They reflect on the new political reality and the challenges ahead for the ruling party and Singapore.
By Andrea Ong
THE new normal in politics arrived sooner than some in the ruling party had expected.
It did so for newly retired Member of Parliament (MP) Ahmad Magad.
He tells Insight that he had expected the first Group Representation Constituency (GRC) to fall to the opposition at the next general election (GE), not this year's.
With the loss of Aljunied GRC at the May 7 polls, the People's Action Party (PAP) now has to contend with 'a significant opposition party in Parliament', Mr Lim Boon Heng said last week.
The former Cabinet minister and PAP chairman was speaking on behalf of the 22 PAP MPs who retired at these polls, during a dinner held in their honour.
He said: 'Politics has changed. We have now entered a new phase, and (are) entering a new norm.'