Polling Day during Hungry Ghost month?

Polling Day during Hungry Ghost month?
A getai stage in Yishun Avenue 2 and the crowd watching the performance at a field opposite Khatib MRT. Getai shows today often rely on LED lighting and screens to give them that extra oomph.
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The chatter on everyone's lips seems to be: Will the General Election be held on Sept 12?

While nothing has been announced so far, "The Date" has been widely suggested and discussed in text messages and social media.

Even veteran MP Inderjit Singh agreed that Sept 12 looks likely in a Straits Times report earlier this month.

The date is the last Saturday of the week-long school holidays, which frees schools to be used as polling stations and teachers to be tapped to man these stations.

It is also the last day of the Hungry Ghost month.

For those who are superstitious or who believe in fengshui, the date may not be a good day to hold an election.

Master David Tong, 40, told The New Paper: "Sept 12, according to the Tong Shu (the Chinese almanac), is a bad day. It's a Month Breaker day. Hence, it is a bad day to carry out any important activities."

A Month Breaker day is a day where the energies of that day are in conflict with the energies of the month.

DIFFICULT TIME

Master Kevin Foong held a similar view.

He said: "If election is truly in the September period, the energy suggested by the planetary movement (based on astrology) or Chinese metaphysics based on the lunar calendar both suggest it is going to be a difficult time for the Government to fully convince the voters in their favour.

"The Government has a high chance of retaining control, but may have certain districts having unexpected results."

Understandably, those who are superstitious may not want to plan important activities during the Hungry Ghost month and risk upsetting the souls of the dead, who are said to roam the earth during this time.

But one fengshui master told TNP that there is nothing to worry about.

Master Goh Guan Leong said: "The rumoured date of Sept 12 is very interesting. It is basically a day of Metal and Wood elements, with the strength of Metal being overwhelmingly strong and in favour of the incumbent party."

In past general elections which coincided with the Hungry Ghost month - 1972, 1988, 1991 - the People's Action Party (PAP) performed fairly well.

In 1972, PAP won all 65 seats. In 1988, it gained 80 out of 81 seats while in 1991, PAP won 77 of the 81 seats.


This article was first published on July 31, 2015.
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