Mary stared at Mr Wang, confused. "What do you mean, walkover?"
"You know, walkover," Mr Wang said. "It means that there's only one party who put themselves forward for this area. So they win automatically."
She stared at him, even more confused. "But you said that this is an election, right? How can there be a walkover?"
"Oh, it's quite common in Singapore," Mr Wang said. "It happens all the time."
"So they win, just like that?"
She had a somewhat shocked, disgusted look on her face. "In the Philippines, even if you live on one of the little islands, there will be elections. I mean, real elections, with the villagers voting," she said. "I thought that happens everywhere."
Everywhere, dear Mary, except here. Singapore is a funny little country - sometimes even Mr Wang forgets how funny it is.