Hougang residents warming up to Desmond Choo as more join his team of volunteers
Posted by temasektimes on April 13, 2012
In the absence of a full-time MP in Hougang, PAP grassroots adviser for Hougang grassroots organizations Desmond Choo has been working very hard on the ground to serve the need of Hougang residents.
Not only did he conduct weekly ‘tea-party’ sessions at the Hougang Community Club every Monday to meet the residents, he also does walkabouts in the constituency a few times a week.
On Wednesday night, Mr Choo visited 12 families in Florida condominium. One of the resident Madam Lim was so impressed by Mr Choo and she signed up as a volunteer to assist him during his ‘tea-party’ sessions:
“Lovely visit to Florida! 2.5hrs, 12 families……Aunty Lim was real happy that our team was inter-racial and inter-faith. That all faiths seek to do good. She was so proud that our community was a place where all faiths could grow in harmony. She was just a great bundle of joy…and she’s visiting us on Monday. Can’t wait to intro the team to her! And recruited a new volunteer teacher as well. Great catch for a great night : ),” Mr Choo wrote on his Facebook.
[Source: Desmond Choo's Facebook page]
Even on Easter Sunday, Mr Choo was busy visiting Hougang residents to know them better:
“Local flavors on a lovely Easter Sunday at HG :) Had slow idyllic chats at the temple, void decks, mkt & Coffeeshop. A couple shared their love for the local kopitiam, mkt and Fairprice coz of their friendship w local workers. Anor chose a neighborhood Pri Sch for their only daughter coz of its value-based edu system. Of course, a few offers of homemade rendang :)”
The seat of Hougang was left vacant after its ex-WP MP Yaw Shin Leong was sacked from the party for his failure to address swirling rumors about his alleged sordid extra-marital affairs with multiple married women, including two fellow party members who contested in the General Election last year.
In contrast, the Workers Party’s likely candidate for Hougang has been keeping a relatively low profile. Hougang residents said he was hardly seen in the estate except with WP Chief Low Thia Kiang occasionally. His Facebook page has also not been updated for a long time.
Meanwhile, Judge of Appeal Andrew Phang directed that an expedited hearing of the appeal be held in the week of May 14 at a closed-door session on Thursday to hear an Hougang resident’s bid to order the Prime Minister to hold a by-election within three months will be held in mid-May.
He also told the AGC to file its submissions by April 26 and the resident, Madam Vellama Marie Muthu, to file her reply submissions by May 10.
To learn more about Mr Choo, please visit his Facebook page here.