No offer of support and encouragement by PAP MPs on Facebook for Desmond Choo after by-election loss
Posted by temasektimes on May 28, 2012
Before the Hougang by-election on Saturday, PAP leaders and MPs have been actively promoting the PAP candidate Desmond Choo on social media with words of encouragement and by sharing his Facebook page.
However, they are now silent after Mr Choo was defeated by the WP candidate Png Eng Huat in the election. Mr Choo polled only 37.91% of the votes as compared to Mr Png’s 62.09%, a marginal increase of only 145 votes from last year.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong posted five photos of his visit to Bukit Gombak and Hillview on Sunday on his newly set up Facebook page:
“Visited Bukit Gombak and Hillview this morning. Chatted with many residents and activists, and met many enterprising youths. Had useful exchange of views and feedback. Also had fun jamming along with a group of them – “We Will Rock You”! (hope I didn’t break their rhythm ). – LHL”
He did not comment on the result of the by-election though he did express his disappointment earlier in an interview with the media.
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean who has been fighting tooth and nail for Mr Choo during the campaign trail was surprisingly quiet on his Facebook too. Neither did other ministers such as Khaw Boon Wan, Heng Swee Kiat and Lim Swee Say who sp0ke for Mr Choo during his rally expressed their thoughts on the outcome.
Only PAP MP for Tampines Baey Yam Keng offered his support for Mr Choo:
“Media asked Desmond if he’ll be back in 2016. He said he’ll be back on 28 May. Well said. Keep it up! Congrats, Png. See you in Parl.”