"I think soul searching will benefit the party," said Reuben Wong, an assistant professor with the National University of Singapore's political science department.
"The ruling party has won what by international standards is a landslide (60% of the popular vote and 81/87 seats in Parliament). But the PAP's percentage of votes has fallen for three consecutive elections and sunk to its lowest level since it came to power in 1959. It has also lost two cabinet ministers and a potential Speaker of Parliament. The ruling party needs to better respond to Singaporeans' demands for a more humane and humble style of government, and a more equitable distribution of Singapore's wealth."
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