PAP unveils Desmond Choo as candidate for Hougang by-election as WP supporters mock his candidacy
Posted by temasektimes on May 10, 2012
Making the announcement at a media conference is PAP Second Assistant Secretary-General Tharman Shanmugaratnam who praised Mr Choo for working hard on the ground in Hougang despite losing last year’s General Election to Workers Party’s Yaw Shin Leong.
“Mr Choo did not leave after the GE but worked even harder on the ground, and over the past year has connected with many people through weekly coffee sessions and regular house visits. He has also mobilised new resources and implement local schemes to help residents,” he said.
Mr Tharman added that Mr Choo has shown with his actions that he is someone voters can trust, as well as someone who genuinely cares about people and who’ll always be there for his constituents.
The Workers Party has not announced its candidate yet, but it is likely to be Png Eng Huat who has been working the ground in the last few weeks together with WP Chief Low Thia Kiang.
Though Mr Choo has been taking care of Hougang residents faithfully after Mr Yaw went ‘missing in action’ and left them in the lurch, many political observers including Yahoo News which has become the de facto propaganda mouthpiece of WP predicts an ‘easy’ victory for WP in its stronghold.
WP supporters greeted Mr Choo’s candidacy with glee on Facebook with many predicting that he will lose again by a bigger margin:
“Confirm lose, big time!!!” – Fong Yew Meng
“WP will win by a bigger margin compared to the GE.” – Gary Wong Chon Keat
“Hope that if he lose, he will still carry.on to provide the free teochew porridge to all needies…but genuinely doubt so cos he will be quite downcast when d day beckons…” – Joe Lee
“Desmond…. you are going to lose AGAIN.” – Yu Zhiqiang
According to WP insiders, they are very confident that WP will win by a bigger margin of votes this time with the Hougang Constituency Committee primed to take over ward immediately after 26 May.
When asked by Yahoo News to make a prediction for the contest, Mr Low said wryly:
“I’m not able to predict (the likely outcome of the by-election), but hopefully it won’t rain.”
To learn more about Mr Choo, please visit his Facebook page here.