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‘LIVE’ coverage of Hougang by-election

Posted by temasektimes on May 26, 2012

Hougang residents go to the poll today in a by-election to elect their next Member of Parliament. The two candidates are Mr Desmond Choo Pey Ching from the People’s Action Party and Mr Png Eng Huat from the Workers Party. 23,368 voters are eligible to cast their votes. Polling closes at 8pm and the result is expected to be announced after 10pm.

4.00pm:

Overcast sky in Hougang. Lightning heard in the background, but there is no rain. Residents still queuing up to cast their votes.

6.00pm: 

Few residents are seen at the poll stations at Hougang Avenue 5. Many residents have cast their votes early in the morning and more than half have voted in the afternoon.

7.00pm:

Election Department: 83 percent of Hougang voters have cast their votes by 5.00pm. Polling closes at 8.00pm

7.30pm:

Workers’ Party counting agents, including Lee Lilian and Freida Chan, have arrived at Serangoon Secondary School – #CNA

7.40pm:

Png Eng Huat arrived at Serangoon Secondary School to shouts of ‘Huat ah!’ from onlookers

7.50pm:

PAP supporters gathering at PAP Hougang branch before the arrival of the candidate Desmond Choo.

8.00pm:

Returning Officer Yam Ah Mee has arrived at Holy Innocents’ Primary counting centre  - #CNA

8.05pm:

DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam has arrived at the #PAP Hougang Branch – #CNA

8.10pm:

PAP counting agents arrived at Holy Innocent’s Primary School.

8.20pm:

PAP supporters remain calm in PAP Hougang branch. There is a palpable tension in the air.

8.25pm:

WP supporters gathered at a coffee-shop near Hougang Avenue 5:

8.30pm:

PAP candidate Desmond Choo leaving the party Hougang branch office for Serangoon Sec counting centre – #TODAY

9.00pm:

Unofficial: Png Eng Huat leading Desmond Choo by some 5,000 votes – #YahooSG

9.10pm:

Desmond Choo has arrived at Holy Innocents’ Primary School – #CNA

10.00pm:

Election result to be announced in 15 – 3o minutes time.

10.25pm:

Unverified reports: PAP is doing better @ 44-46%. A PAP source says vote counting still underway. – YahooSG

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An Open letter to all Hougang residents from a WP supporter: Let’s create history on 26 May

Posted by temasektimes on May 24, 2012

On 26 May 2012, you have the power to create history by giving the Workers’ Party and the Opposition Movement in Singapore, the highest ever votes (make it at least 95% in favor of WP) in the Hougang By-Election. You will stand tall and proud in the eyes of all Singaporeans and your votes at the ballot box will forever be remembered as the Opposition’s “Finest Hour” in the history of Singapore and remembered by future generations of Singaporeans of how the good & wise men and women of Hougang defeated the rich and mighty PAP Ministers and their party!

So, please do the right thing and thrash the hell out of Desmond Choo and the PAP. All the people who support the Opposition Movement in Singapore rely on you to deal a knockout blow to the PAP government and to make our voices heard loud and clear.

The Prime Minister said that an election is a very serious business. What the heck was he thinking when he fielded Tin Pei Ling to stand in Marine Parade, when there were definitely plenty of qualified and better candidates available? Was he taking the residents of Marine Parade for granted or was he doing it out of blind loyalty for his principal private secretary, who incidentally is the husband of Tin Pei Ling?

The Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean foolishly questioned whether the Workers’ Party were sending their best man, Png Eng Huat in the interests of Hougang residents? Marine Parade residents deserve the best candidate from the PAP in the last General Election. Was Tin Pei Ling the best candidate that the PAP with all its resources and manpower could field? So, tell me did the PAP sent their best woman, Tin Pei Ling in the interests of Marine Parade residents? It will be remembered as the greatest joke in the history of politics in Singapore to put her into Parliament. And why do you not contest in Hougang in this by-election and put your money where your mouth is, by putting forth yourself for this election rather than sending Desmond Choo? You would have gained more respect for your action.

And what is Integrity? Integrity means not paying yourself millions of dollars in salary and 26 months bonuses when the majority of Singaporeans are paid peanuts. Integrity means having the conscience not to accept such obscene salaries and doing the right thing by resigning from this government, which is clearly driven by greed of money and not by service, when it is obvious that first world governments do not demand that kind of salaries.

Desmond Choo said he will be an independent voice for you in Parliament. Does he think the Hougang voters are fools to believe in such empty words? Remember, many PAP ministers and Members of Parliaments went to Parliament thinking they could be independent voices but look at them today. They are just blind followers of the PAP party with no independent voices of their own.

Dear good and wise men and women of Hougang, this is your moment to hold your heads high and show the PAP that you are not to be pushed around and make it loud and clear to them that your sacrifices were not in vain; and remember all the unequal treatment you suffered in the hands of the PAP government for the past 20 years, which will not be easily forgiven and forgotten and that you have in your hands the power to punish the PAP once again at the polls. At this ‘Final Hour’ you will not be swayed and you shall never surrender your beloved Hougang, after you have held it for the Workers’ Party for so long. Remember, one more opposition voice in Parliament is very important for the Workers’ Party and the Opposition Movement in Singapore to check on the conduct and abuse of power of the PAP, whereas the defeat of the PAP in Hougang is just a number to the PAP. All of Singapore will salute you for your courage and forever remember this day and you, the people of Hougang, will all be rewarded one day for all your years of loyalty. Good luck. God Bless you & your family!

GEORGE TAN

*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times

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Subhas Anandan to offer free legal aid to Hougang residents

Political observers predict easy victory for Workers Party in Hougang

Angry WP supporter asks PM Lee why his father is still a MP

Low Thia Kiang praised WP’s performance so far

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Png Eng Huat closed down 8 companies in 12 years and only runs a flower shop now

Posted by temasektimes on May 24, 2012

The Workers Party candidate for Hougang Png Eng Huat described himself as a ‘semi-retired’ businessman when introduced as a candidate during a press conference.

Very little is known about Mr Png’s background except that he has been a businessman for the last twenty years. According to an email from an anonymous individual who claims to be a ‘business associate’ of Mr Png, he set up many companies like Yaw Shin Leong, most of which have since wounded up.

According to information from the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA), from 1990 to 2002, Png Eng Huat was involved in 11 companies, holding the title of Director, Executive Director and shareholder.

But in the last 12 years, 8 have been closed and only 3 are still in operation.

Speaking to queries from the media, Mr Png said he will ‘just do it’ when the opportunity presents itself:

“When I feel that I have done enough, I start to slow down. A business cannot be closed down so easily, it is impossible to simply say ‘bye’ to the customers and walk away, I have to ensure it goes through different stages, before winding up a business.”

Png Eng Huat said that he started his semi-retirement state at the age of 40. The companies which are still in operation, he has also been gradually handing over to his subordinates to.”I spend a lot of time to get involved in politics, and I am beocming increasingly active.”

According to ACRA’s information, Png Eng Huat is currently director and shareholder of, Flori-Art, Globalised Market Traders and Madcow International.

Flori-Art is a florist located in the Chinatown vicinity, but one SPH reporter visited several times and found out that it is not doing a florist store business and the office is often empty.

The staff said that their company has a 20-year history, the main business is “supplier of flowers”.

Mr Png said he is not very ‘active’ in running his business now as he is becoming more ‘involved’ in politics. WP has offered him the position of Deputy Chairman of Aljunied-Hougang Town Council if he is elected on Saturday.

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Angry Hougang resident slams door on Low Thia Kiang during his house-to-house visit

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Low Thia Kiang: Recent events were made to sabotage Png Eng Huat

Hougang by-election and its implication for the next General Election

DPM Teo Chee Hean: I am disappointed with WP supporters

Png Eng Huat: NCMP ballot flip-flop will not affect my chances in the by-election

Png Eng Huat clarifies: Part of procedure for every candidate in the team to be included in ballot for NCMP post

Lianhe Zaobao: Png Eng Huat received one vote for NCMP position

Png Eng Huat: I made a choice not to be considered for post of NCMP

Desmond Choo debunked accusation by WP supporter Seah Ee Onn

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Subhas Anandan to offer free legal aid to Hougang residents

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WP ‘mole’ still in CEC says: I do not want WP to send the WRONG candidate into parliament again

Posted by temasektimes on May 24, 2012

The WP ‘mole’ who leaked the confidential minutes of the WP CEC meeting to elect a candidate from the East Coast GRC team for the NCMP post to the media is still in the party’s CEC, much to the blissful ignorance of WP!

In an exclusive interview with a free SPH tabloid, the mole insists he is helping WP and not sabotaging its candidate Png Eng Huat as alleged by WP Chief Low Thia Kiang earlier:

“I do not intend to harm the Workers Party. I do not want the WP to send another wrong candidate into Parliament”

When asked if the WP already know it’s him, he replied:

“If they know it’s me, I fear for myself. But I don’t think they know it’s me.”

The ‘mole’ said he does not intend to leave the Workers Party and is concerned that Low Thia Kiang will send another wrong candidate into Parliament after his protege Yaw Shin Leong.

“I am afraid Mr Low will regret his decision later….My aim is to prevent the party from sending dishonest candidates into Parliament,” he explained.

The seat of Hougang was left vacant after its ex-WP MP Yaw Shin Leong was sacked in February this year for his failure to address swirling rumors around his alleged extramarital affairs with multiple married women including two key WP female leaders who contested in the General Election last year.

WP has been wrecked by bitter in-fighting since the last GE with four candidates resigning from the party, the latest being Mr Sajeev Kamalasanan who contested in Nee Soon GRC.

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Angry Hougang resident slams door on Low Thia Kiang during his house-to-house visit

Hougang residents rally behind Desmond Choo despite being intimidated by WP supporters

PAP supporters in Hougang intimidated by fanatical WP supporters

Low Thia Kiang: Recent events were made to sabotage Png Eng Huat

Hougang by-election and its implication for the next General Election

DPM Teo Chee Hean: I am disappointed with WP supporters

Png Eng Huat: NCMP ballot flip-flop will not affect my chances in the by-election

Png Eng Huat clarifies: Part of procedure for every candidate in the team to be included in ballot for NCMP post

Lianhe Zaobao: Png Eng Huat received one vote for NCMP position

Png Eng Huat: I made a choice not to be considered for post of NCMP

Desmond Choo debunked accusation by WP supporter Seah Ee Onn

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Desmond Choo: I did not use taxpayers’ monies to fund any social welfare projects

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Low Thia Kiang launched blistering attack on Desmond Choo

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Political analysts: Yaw Shin Leong’s apology has made things worse for WP

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Png Eng Huat: I will not use my Facebook page till the by-election is over

Desmond Choo: I will serve Hougang residents for as long as it takes

Hougang by-election is about Hougang residents and not national politics

Subhas Anandan to offer free legal aid to Hougang residents

Political observers predict easy victory for Workers Party in Hougang

Angry WP supporter asks PM Lee why his father is still a MP

Low Thia Kiang praised WP’s performance so far

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Hougang voters should look beyond the usual emotional antics played by Workers Party to deceive them

Posted by temasektimes on May 24, 2012

The Workers Party’s rally on Tuesday night (pic left) was disrupted by a heavy downpour. Instead of ending the rally immediately and dispersing the crowd, WP leaders ‘soldiered’ on in the rain and was thoroughly drenched. As expected, the scene was captured on camera and spread throughout cyberspace to highlight their ‘dedication’.

This is the same old emotional trick used by WP time and again to rally their core support base and to portray their candidates as ‘selfless, dedicated and loyal patriots’.

Yaw Shin Leong played the same record during an election rally last year, giving a rousing speech in Teochew to galvanize the crowd, some of whom were reportedly moved to tears. Less than a year later, he left Hougang residents in the lurch and caused a by-election to be called after failing to address rumors about him being ‘romantically’ involved with two key WP married female leaders.

Any fine orator can give a rousing speech to inspire the crowd. Witness Hitler who managed to rally the Germans to his cause with his fiery speeches. Anybody can stand soaked in the rain motionless for hours to win public sympathy. You do not need a ‘Best Actor’ to do that. But beyond these emotional antics, what else can WP offer Hougang?

WP wants Hougang residents to preserve the ‘bastion’ of democracy in Singapore, so as to speak, but it already has five MPs and two NCMPs in Parliament. Will Png Eng Huat make a difference?

It is not the quantity of opposition MPs, but their quality which counts. In the 1980s, one Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam was enough to ‘shake’ the entire cabinet whenever he made a speech. Now, we have ‘opposition’ MPs who conveniently plagiarized articles from anonymous online sources to be their parliamentary speeches.

JBJ fought tooth and nail for Singaporeans and irritated former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew so much that he once told former President Devan Nair and he could not wait to see the last of him.

WP MPs have offered only token opposition to the PAP policies and offered nothing different. Their proposed salary scheme for political leaders differed little from the PAP and all voted ‘Aye’ to the PAP’s Budget. Even the PAP backbenchers and Nominated MPs are more vocal than them.

Given the dismal performance of the WP MPs in parliament, what difference does it make if we replace them with a bunch of dummies? Does our august house require another dummy in parliament who does not seem to remember or know what he saying?

Besides harping on its ‘twenty year track record’ in Hougang, WP doesn’t have any concrete plans to take the constituency forward.

The PAP candidate for Hougang Desmond Choo has done much more for Hougang in a year than its ex-MP Yaw Shin Leong. He managed to set up a job hub, a free legal clinic and a TCM clinic for elderly residents, among others.

Low Thia Kiang accused Mr Choo of using taxpayers’ monies to paste ‘gold’ on his fact, but in reality, Mr Choo did not spend a single cent of public monies on these social welfare projects which were tied up with external non-government agencies like the Criminal Association of Lawyers.

What did WP do other than whining time and again like an old broken recorder that the government has been unfair to them? Nobody is stopping its MPs from soliciting funds from elsewhere. Nobody is preventing WP from collaborating with external agencies and certainly nobody can dictate to WP what it can and cannot do in Hougang.

If an outsider like Mr Choo can do so much for Hougang within so short a period of time, what has WP been doing for the last 20 years other than shouting some empty slogans to ‘slap’ (or kiss?) the government?

Singapore was built by leaders who walked the talk, not just talk, talk, talk and stand in the rain to cry father and cry mother.

Come this evening, the lead actor Low Thia Kiang will take to the stage again to tug at the heart-strings of Hougang voters, reminding them again of the strong ‘bond’ they share with him and perhaps shed a fake crocodile tear or two to move their hearts.

Singaporeans are largely soft-hearted people and there will be some who will be tricked by WP’s grand ‘wayang kulit’ again. Not too much hard work to earn a $15,000 monthly salary for somebody who reportedly had a few failed business ventures in the last ten years.

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Desmond Choo and Rotary Club to roll out ‘Friendlier Homes Project’ to help needy elderly Houagng residents

Angry Hougang resident slams door on Low Thia Kiang during his house-to-house visit

Hougang residents rally behind Desmond Choo despite being intimidated by WP supporters

PAP supporters in Hougang intimidated by fanatical WP supporters

Low Thia Kiang: Recent events were made to sabotage Png Eng Huat

Hougang by-election and its implication for the next General Election

DPM Teo Chee Hean: I am disappointed with WP supporters

Png Eng Huat: NCMP ballot flip-flop will not affect my chances in the by-election

Png Eng Huat clarifies: Part of procedure for every candidate in the team to be included in ballot for NCMP post

Lianhe Zaobao: Png Eng Huat received one vote for NCMP position

Png Eng Huat: I made a choice not to be considered for post of NCMP

Desmond Choo debunked accusation by WP supporter Seah Ee Onn

Young Hougang voters growing disillusioned with Workers Party?

Desmond Choo: I did not use taxpayers’ monies to fund any social welfare projects

DPM Teo asked Hougang voters if WP is taking them for granted

Low Thia Kiang launched blistering attack on Desmond Choo

Hougang residents plead: Do not link national issues to this ward

Political analysts: Yaw Shin Leong’s apology has made things worse for WP

PM Lee: Hougang by-election an uphill fight for the PAP

Hougang residents yearn for change after 20 years under WP

Desmond Choo: Yaw saga has ended and I wish Shin Leong all the best

Yaw Shin Leong ‘apologizes’ to Hougang residents after three months

Desmond Choo: Don’t mix up providing alternative voices to the real purpose of the Hougang by-election

Desmond Choo: I share a kiss with my wife every morning

Straight fight between PAP and WP in Hougang by-election

WP confused over who to field in Hougang by-election?

Png Eng Huat: Hougang residents are very warm and friendly to me

Desmond Choo: I will be an independent voice as an MP

Png Eng Huat: I will not use my Facebook page till the by-election is over

Desmond Choo: I will serve Hougang residents for as long as it takes

Hougang by-election is about Hougang residents and not national politics

Subhas Anandan to offer free legal aid to Hougang residents

Political observers predict easy victory for Workers Party in Hougang

Angry WP supporter asks PM Lee why his father is still a MP

Low Thia Kiang praised WP’s performance so far

Posted in Commentary, Opinion | Tagged: , , | 24 Comments »

Hougang resident: Let’s have a first-world Hougang before we talk about a first-world Parliament

Posted by temasektimes on May 24, 2012

Dear fellow residents of Hougang,

In this coming Saturday, thousands of us will be going to the polling stations to cast our votes again, hardly a year after we last did. Before we decide on who to vote for, we should all ask ourselves three basic questions.

How does this by-election come about? What do we want and when do we want them? Who can best serve our needs?

How does this by-election come about?

During the last General Election, WP leader Low Thia Khiang chose his protege Yaw Shin Leong (YSL) to compete in Hougang. He openly declared that YSL was a person of integrity, honest, capable, etc. We gave both of them our wholehearted support and elected YSL to be our voice in Parliament. Sadly, he did not even have a chance to walk into Parliament House.

Before the first Parliament sitting, it was revealed that he had been involved in a sex scandal with some of his Party members. He was sacked by his own Party and disqualified from Parliament. That is why we are having this by-election. This is a betrayal of our trust in the WP. Should we believe in Low Thia Khiang and the WP again?

What do we want and when do we want them?

Enough of all those political rhetoric about democracy, first world Parliament, etc. What we really need for our beloved Hougang are upgrading and development programs. It’s time to discard our political burden. It’s time to progress like the other constituencies. Let’s have a first-world Hougang before we talk about a first-world Parliament. Hougang should have the latest amenities and facilities like the other constituencies. They are what we need, and need now.

Who can best serve our needs?

The PAP candidate Desmond Choo has been with us for only about a year now. Despite not being our elected MP, he has done more than the elected one who is nowhere to be seen now. In fact, in some areas, Desmond has accomplished what all the WP MP’s we have helped to get into Parliament over the 20+ years have not.

Who is Png Eng Huat? How many of us know him before the start of this by-election? How much do we really know about him besides what we hear from Low Thia Khiang? Don’t forget, he had said the same thing about his ex-protege YSL. Desmond will be able to work closely with the government for all the progress that we need to make. The choice before us is crystal clear.

Fellow residents of Hougang, vote wisely. Vote for Progress, not Politics.

Majulah Hougang! Majulah Singapura!

WALOPE

*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times.

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Desmond Choo and Rotary Club to roll out ‘Friendlier Homes Project’ to help needy elderly Houagng residents

Angry Hougang resident slams door on Low Thia Kiang during his house-to-house visit

Hougang residents rally behind Desmond Choo despite being intimidated by WP supporters

PAP supporters in Hougang intimidated by fanatical WP supporters

Low Thia Kiang: Recent events were made to sabotage Png Eng Huat

Hougang by-election and its implication for the next General Election

DPM Teo Chee Hean: I am disappointed with WP supporters

Png Eng Huat: NCMP ballot flip-flop will not affect my chances in the by-election

Png Eng Huat clarifies: Part of procedure for every candidate in the team to be included in ballot for NCMP post

Lianhe Zaobao: Png Eng Huat received one vote for NCMP position

Png Eng Huat: I made a choice not to be considered for post of NCMP

Desmond Choo debunked accusation by WP supporter Seah Ee Onn

Young Hougang voters growing disillusioned with Workers Party?

Desmond Choo: I did not use taxpayers’ monies to fund any social welfare projects

DPM Teo asked Hougang voters if WP is taking them for granted

Low Thia Kiang launched blistering attack on Desmond Choo

Hougang residents plead: Do not link national issues to this ward

Political analysts: Yaw Shin Leong’s apology has made things worse for WP

PM Lee: Hougang by-election an uphill fight for the PAP

Hougang residents yearn for change after 20 years under WP

Desmond Choo: Yaw saga has ended and I wish Shin Leong all the best

Yaw Shin Leong ‘apologizes’ to Hougang residents after three months

Desmond Choo: Don’t mix up providing alternative voices to the real purpose of the Hougang by-election

Desmond Choo: I share a kiss with my wife every morning

Straight fight between PAP and WP in Hougang by-election

WP confused over who to field in Hougang by-election?

Png Eng Huat: Hougang residents are very warm and friendly to me

Desmond Choo: I will be an independent voice as an MP

Png Eng Huat: I will not use my Facebook page till the by-election is over

Desmond Choo: I will serve Hougang residents for as long as it takes

Hougang by-election is about Hougang residents and not national politics

Subhas Anandan to offer free legal aid to Hougang residents

Political observers predict easy victory for Workers Party in Hougang

Angry WP supporter asks PM Lee why his father is still a MP

Low Thia Kiang praised WP’s performance so far

Posted in Letters | Tagged: , , | 19 Comments »

Desmond Choo and Rotary Club to roll out ‘Friendlier Homes Project’ to help needy elderly Hougang residents

Posted by temasektimes on May 24, 2012

PAP candidate for Hougang Desmond Choo (pic left) will be collaborating with the Rotary Club to roll out a ‘Friendlier Homes Project’ to help needy elderly residents in Hougang.

Mr Choo has spent the last few months walking the ground in Hougang and talking to residents to identify their needs before submitting a proposal to the Rotary Club of Singapore for its consideration.

Though Mr Choo lost to WP’s Yaw Shin Leong in the May General Election last year, he started work in Hougang immediately after his defeat and had been working hard in the last one month, especially so after Yaw went ‘AWOLed’ after he was sacked from WP for his failure to address swirling rumors about his alleged extramarital affairs with multiple married women including two key WP female leaders.

In a letter addressed to Mr Choo, the President of the Rotary Club of Singapore Tapan Kumar Rao wrote that he was impressed by Mr Choo’s involvement in identifying the needs of Hougang elderly residents and in campaigning for them to get involved in improving their lives.

The long-term projects involved raising funds to retrofit toilets to make them friendly for the elderly and an ‘adopt a grandparent’ program to bridge the young and old in society.

Rotary Club is a non-government organization which is not owned or linked to the government in anyway. It obtains its funds largely from well-wisher and donation drives.

[Source: Facebook]

Some responses from Hougang residents on Mr Desmond Choo’s Facebook page:

“He didn’t use Tax Payers money to help the needy, he didn’t ask for any funds from his Party to spend on Hougang residents, his action attracted all the charitable organisations to come forward willingly to help and support his plans. Rotary Club’s letter is a good testimonial. Why are we still doubting him?” – Jimmy Cheang

“A job well done! we’re seeing more initiatives in Hougang even before Desmond is voted in than we have for Aljunied after WP promised to do better than the previous party… perhaps some people should just stop boasting about the new talents they have AND PUT SOME WORDS INTO ACTION. we don’t need lip service in Singapore. we need people who truly want to serve, and not say they want to serve every 5 yrs after submitting their nomination papers! Good job Desmond Choo! You’re the best choice for Hougang!” – Kong Junjie

“朱倍庆辛苦奔波为贫困的后港居民谋求福利,这本来就是某某某需要做而没有做的义举,唉!等到朱先生做到了,他们才来冷嘲热讽,太过份了。枉费后港居民支持了他们二十年!” – Angelia See

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Angry Hougang resident slams door on Low Thia Kiang during his house-to-house visit

Posted by temasektimes on May 24, 2012

WP Chief Low Thia Kiang may have large number of fans in Hougang whose residents had elected him to parliament four times between 1997 and 2006, but it appeared that an increasing number of them are becoming disillusioned with his party in the aftermath of the Yaw Shin Leong sex scandal.

According to one Victor Ong who used to live in Hougang, his ex-neighbor slammed the door on Low Thia Kiang when he visited his home last night:

“Guess what? Just 10 mins ago , WP-Low Thia Kiang came and press on our door bell. I opened the door and when he said hello, I purposely slammed the door….. So shiok …From my ex neighbour.”

He was angry with Low for not helping him to write a letter of consent to install CCTV near his home:

“LTK in 2011 refused to write a letter of consent to hgtc for my neighbour to install CCTV for captured loansharks harassment which is not their involvement for any loan but is another neighbour!”

According to a former WP leader Goh Meng Seng on his blog, the backlash against the Workers Party was so fierce that it has to stop the sales of its ‘Hammer’ newsletter:

“According to sources, the real reason for the temporary cessation of Hammer sales is due to the ground’s sarcasm and harsh questioning on what exactly happened to Yaw Shin Leong. They even got into argument with residents in Yishun which resulted a public show of discontent at the party. Eventually, WP decided to stop the Hammer sales altogether for the time being, hoping that such public backlash and discontent would subside after some time.”

Many political pundits and WP mouthpieces like Yahoo News have predicted an ‘easy’ victory for WP with some WP supporters boasting that WP will easily win by a larger margin of votes this time to ‘thrash’ the PAP candidate Desmond Choo who has been working hard in Hougang over the past one year to serve the residents especially after its ex-WP MP Yaw Shin Leong went ‘AWOLed’ and left them in the lurch.

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Hougang residents rally behind Desmond Choo despite being smeared and intimidated by WP supporters

Posted by temasektimes on May 23, 2012

Hougang residents have rallied behind PAP candidate for Hougang Desmond Choo (pic left) after he became a target of a vicious smear campaign launched by fanatical WP supporters who have also been behaving like hooligans to intimidate his supporters into silence.

WP member/supporter Seah Ee Onn had earlier accused Mr Choo of trying to ‘buy’ the vote of his grandmother on Facebook. His comment has since been deleted and he is nowhere to be seen, heard or found.

Mr Choo has debunked the allegations and said he would consider taking legal action if they persist. The underhanded tactics employed by WP supporters not only backfired, but prompted more Hougang residents disgusted with the Workers Party to switch their support instead!

Below are some comments of support posted on Mr Desmond Choo’s Facebook. We have refrained from publishing their photos this time out of concern for their safety after others were harassed by WP supporters.

“清者自清,浊者自浊!倍庆我们支持你!铁汉柔情!!! 倍庆加油!!” – Michael Chia

“是不是该感谢这网民教育了大家并具体地表现出‘人在做天再看’的行为呢?害人害己 。。。要知道一百件好事也抵不过一件蓄意扭曲的事;凡事凭本事,万事凭良心,方能转识为智呀” – Ryn Soo Ling

“Let’s all stand up for Desmond Choo. We are behind Desmond Choo.” – Ow Yew Wah

“Take Hougang back now and eventually Aljunied GRC as I’m staying there. I don’t see any changes or improvements as claimed by WP during last year GE.” – Edward Twb

One Hougang resident Chua Boon Siew also wrote to the Straits Times forum today complaining about how WP has short-changed Hougang voters over the years.

“I live in Hougang and, from my view, nothing much has changed. Residents should not expect new and better facilities for the next five years if the WP wins. Simply put, the WP has no ways or means to improve Hougang.”

Meanwhile, rowdy WP supporters continue to trumpet WP’s chances on the internet with some predicting an even ‘bigger’ margin of victory for its candidate Png Eng Huat this time to kick Mr Choo’s ‘sorry ass’ out of Hougang forever.

The pro-WP Yahoo News which has been doubling up as its unofficial ‘Hammer’ newsletter even predicted an ‘easy’ victory for Mr Png before a single vote was cast.

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PAP supporters in Hougang ‘intimidated’ by fanatical WP supporters

Posted by temasektimes on May 23, 2012

Though they are confident of a victory in the Hougang by-election, fanatical WP supporters are still going all the way out to secure support for the Workers Party, including resorting to hooliganism to intimidate Hougang voters who dared to criticize WP in cyberspace!

One day after WP leaders rained baseless, vicious and malicious attacks on the PAP candidate in Hougang Desmond Choo, WP supporters followed up with a smear campaign to discredit and demolish his character with one Seah Ee Onn claiming that Mr Choo had tried to ‘buy’ the vote of his grandmother.

The antics of WP supporters prompted Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean to express his disappointment and dismay:

“Those who claim to be supporters of the Workers’ Party dragged in their grandmothers, made all sorts of wild accusations, even unfortunately tried to capitalise on a tragic incident to make voters angry and emotional.”

Besides Seah, other WP supporters have also been hurling all kinds of wild, baseless and defamatory allegations at Mr Choo and even those who tried to defend him are not spared.

Two days ago, we published an article on young Hougang voters being disillusioned with WP which showed a conversation between three of them on Facebook.

They have since been ‘intimidated’ by WP supporters and have written to us to remove their particulars:

One Hougang resident wrote:

“My family and I have been harassed incessantly by WP supporters in both the online and real world after we expressed our desire to switch our support. My mother doesn’t even dare to go out now as her neighbors will keep exerting pressure on her. Is WP some kind of secret society? Their supporters are really frightening.”

WP leaders have been urging Hougang residents to vote for the party to preserve ‘democracy’ in Singapore, but democracy involves freedom of choice and it appears that WP supporters have been forcing their choice on others who do not share the same political views as them.

We advise Hougang residents who have been threatened or harassed by any WP leader, member or supporter to lodge a police report immediately.

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