Desmond Choo reaching out to WP’s base in Hougang with visits to temples
Posted by temasektimes on April 22, 2012
As the Workers’ Party continues to ‘hibernate’ in Hougang, PAP grassroots adviser for Hougang organizations Desmond Choo has been working very hard on the ground to win the support of Hougang residents.
In the last one week alone, Mr Choo has been seen in the constituency almost every day in addition to the weekly ‘tea party’ sessions he conducts on Monday nights at the Hougang Community Club.
Two days after celebrating Tamil New Year with Hougang residents, Mr Choo joined in a temple celebration near Block 309, reaching out directly to the Workers Party’s base in Hougang.
The Teochew-speaking community in Hougang, many of whom are Buddhists and Taoists, form the bastion of support for WP Chief Low Thia Kiang since he captured the constituency in 1991.
However, with ex-Hougang MP Yaw Shin Leong’s reputation in tatters after being involved in alleged extra-marital affairs with multiple married women, conservative Hougang residents may have a change of heart this time, judging from the response received by Mr Choo at the event.
Many residents were seen walking up and shaking Mr Choo’s hand and had kind words of encouragement for him.
In a post on his Facebook, Mr Choo wrote:
“Joined in the temple celebrations near Blk 309. It was my first time joining them. They shared the rich history behind the different rites an rituals. What a wonderful journey thru a piece of Chinese history! The organizer, Ah Keong, told me how he visited different places of worship to better understand the religions in S’pore. He’s a true believer that all faiths can grow together in Singapore in harmony and respect. Was extremely impressed by his religious knowledge. He also did 20 paintings for the functions!”
[Source: Desmond Choo's Facebook]
Meanwhile, there is nothing heard about the Workers Party’s activities in Hougang. Its likely candidate for the Hougang by-election Png Eng Huat does not have a Facebook page yet and the last update on the Hougang SMC’s Facebook page was on 16 April about a Health Talk. There was no mention of Mr Png whose public visibility in Hougang has been far below Mr Choo.
According to some observers, WP’s ‘inactivity’ in Hougang is a sign of its sheer ‘arrogance’ that it will win Hougang easily again as it has been a WP stronghold for the last twenty years. WP members and supporters have also been making snide remarks about Mr Choo’s chances in cyberspace with some asking him to ‘Balk Kampung’ and stop wasting his time as Hougang ‘belongs’ to WP.
To learn more about Mr Choo, please visit his Facebook page here.