Low Thia Kiang ‘satisfied’ that other opposition parties are not contesting in Hougang
Posted by temasektimes on May 10, 2012
The leader of the Singapore opposition Low Thia Kiang from the Workers Party has expressed his ‘satisfaction’ that the other opposition parties have decided not to contest in the Hougang by-election, leaving it as a straight fight between the PAP and WP.
The government has called for a by-election in Hougang on 26 May after its former WP MP Yaw Shin Leong was sacked unceremoniously from WP for his refusal to clarify swirling rumors surrounding his alleged extramarital affairs with multiple female leaders in the party including two who contested in last year’s General Election.
Though some Hougang residents have expressed their wish to see another opposition party contest in Hougang after being betrayed by the Workers Party, other parties have declared that they would not contest in Hougang out of fear of antagonizing WP which is now the strongest opposition party in Singapore.
In an interview with Yahoo News on the decision made by NSP, SPP and SDP not to contest in Hougang, Low Thia Kiang replied in an arrogant tone:
“I appreciate that they understand that it’s not good to have three-cornered fight”.
Three days earlier, WP Chairman Sylvia Lim has publicly declared in an interview in Lianhe Zaobao that WP will contest in Tampines and Marine Parade GRCs in the next General Election which were contested by NSP in the previous election.
“It’s only natural that the Workers Party concentrate on constituencies in the eastern part of Singapore so as to leverage on its limited resources,” she was reported as saying.
However, some opposition supporters are disappointed by the other parties’ decision not to contest in Hougang one of whom ‘Ah Boyle’ wrote on Facebook:
“I won’t support a party that broke its promise, didn’t give any proper account, and bullies fellow Opposition Parties by invading others’ turfs. We supported it bcos there’re only 2 opp seats. Now that there’ll be at least 5 even if Hougang is lost, ic no need to help it win Hougang. The Parliament needs other opposition party.”