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

Posted by temasektimes on May 23, 2012

Recent ‘events’ were manufactured intentionally to damage the party and ‘sabotage’ its candidate for the Hougang by-election Png Eng Huat, said WP Chief Low Thia Kiang.

Speaking during an election rally last night, Mr Low urged voters not to be ‘distracted’ by the NCMP ballot saga which started when Mr Png told the media that he did not consider himself for the NCMP post as he was ‘against’ it.

“I actually took my name out of the ballot for the NCMP post. Because I have a personal stand against the NCMP scheme, so that’s why my name wasn’t in the ballot.”

However, after a WP insider sent the minutes of a WP CEC meeting to the press which revealed that Mr Png’s name was on the ballot, he changed his story and said it was ‘part of the procedure’ for every candidate in the team to be included for consideration in the ‘secret ballot’ by the CEC.

Mr Low admitted that the leaked minutes of the meeting is genuine and produced the NCMP ballot paper to the crowd last night, proclaiming that ALL the names of the East Coast GRC team members were considered for the post.

“This is the ballot which I prepared, with all the names of the team on the ballot paper. Png Eng Huat had told me before and after the General Election that he was strongly against the NCMP scheme and had not wanted to be considered for the NCMP position, just as Eric Tan had told me of his desire to be NCMP. However I still listed the names of the whole East Coast GRC team, because they were all part of the team.”

In the minutes of the WP CEC meeting obtained by the media, the names of Glenda Han and Mohd Fazli, two members of the WP East Coast GRC team were LEFT OUT of the ballot:

 

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Low Thia Kiang launched blistering attack on Desmond Choo: He took your money to put ‘gold’ on his face!

Posted by temasektimes on May 20, 2012

WP Chief and veteran opposition leader Low Thia Kiang has launched a blistering attack on the PAP candidate for Hougang Desmond Choo (pic left, source: Facebook), more than twenty years his junior at a WP rally in Hougang last night.

Though he lost the election to Mr Low’s protege Yaw Shin Leong last year, Mr Choo continues to stay on in Hougang and has started a few initiatives for its residents in the past one year or so, including setting up a job hub and legal clinic.

However, Mr Low dismissed his efforts and accused him of using taxpayers’ monies to win votes.

“No matter how many welfare packages rolled out by him (Desmond Choo) to win your votes, the question is: Where did the money come from,” Mr Low thundered.

(他在后港区补选工人党的首场群众大会中说,不论朱倍庆以提供多少福利配套来换取选票,一个基本的问题是:“钱从哪里来?”)

He added callously that Mr Choo is using taxpayers’ monies to paste ‘gold’ on his face:

“Is the money from his pocket? Or from the PAP community fund?….Choo Pey Ching is using your money to paste ‘gold’ on his face!”

(“是从他的口袋吗?是从行动党的基金吗? ….朱倍庆是拿你的钱,往自己脸上贴金!”)

However, Mr Choo had earlier clarified that he did not use a single cent of taxpayers’ monies for his social welfare projects in Hougang, all of which are tied up with external agencies like NTUC, Tian Fu Temple and the Criminal Association of Singapore.

Despite the best efforts of Mr Choo, many political pundits have dismissed his chances including political analysts Derek Da Cunha and Eugene Tan with the pro-WP Yahoo News predicting an ‘easy’ victory for WP.

Even Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong admitted that Mr Choo is an ‘underdog’ in the by-election:

“The Workers’ Party is very confident, and as (Deputy Prime Minister) Tharman (Shanmugaratnam) says, ‘super-confident’ about their chances here; they’ve been in this ward for a long time – Low Thia Khiang personally was here for 20 plus years, but he’s not here anymore.”

PAP Rally this evening at:

7:00pm at Hougang Stadium, 100 Hougang Ave. 2 S538856

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Low Thia Kiang reassures Hougang voters: Workers Party is still ‘intact’

Posted by temasektimes on May 17, 2012

Following recent negative publicity about its internal party politics, Workers Party Chief Low Thia Kiang has moved in swiftly to reassure Hougang voters that the party remains very much ‘intact’ and ‘united’ ahead of the coming by-election on 26 May.

Last Sunday, former WP candidate for Nee Soon GRC Sajeev Kamalasanan dropped a bombshell by resigning abruptly from the party, citing his unhappiness with the way he was treated by party leaders.

Two days later, another Nee Soon GRC candidate Dr Poh Lee Guan went to apply for a Political Donation Certificate without the knowledge of the party.

Dr Poh subsequently did not turn up at the nomination center and explained his intention was to serve as a ‘backup’ to Mr Png Eng Huat, the party’s chosen candidate, but the incident did not reflect well on WP with its image already tarnished by the Yaw Shin Leong sex scandal which has yet to be accounted for by its leaders.

Speaking to queries from the media, Mr Low said he does not ‘believe’ the controversies plaguing the party will affect WP’s standing among Hougang residents:

“Any members, after some time in the party, if they think that perhaps if they leave the party, they do something else, they have a better future, have greener pastures somewhere, I don’t think we should stop them. And I don’t think we should take these as a split within the party,” he said.

However, PAP Chairman Khaw Boon Wan was appalled by Mr Low’s explanation:

“If within the party, you can’t stay united, can you imagine if you’re in power, how do you run a country? Every day, some ministers are resigning or sacked, I think that’s very troublesome for Singapore.” 

According to party insiders, an increasing number of members are unhappy with the way Mr Low is running the party, including Dr Poh who was sidelined in favor of Mr Png despite having served Hougang as a grassroots activists longer than him.

Besides Mr Sajeev, other election candidates who have left the Workers Party since last year are Yaw Shin Leong, Mohamad Fadzil and Eric Tan.

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Low Thia Kiang praised WP’s ‘good’ performance in Parliament and Hougang

Posted by temasektimes on May 10, 2012

Despite rising dissatisfaction about its performance in parliament so far, Workers Party Chief Low Thia Kiang insists that the party’s MPs had ‘done well.’

After making several empty promises to Singaporeans during the election rallies last year to ‘slap’ the ‘co-driver’ (PAP) in parliament if it ‘falls asleep’, it appears that it’s WP MPs who are sleeping in parliament instead.

Not only did they not dare to hold the PAP accountable, they don’t even bother to take the effort to prepare their parliamentary speeches with Aljunied GRC MP Pritam Singh being caught with his pants down plagiarizing an online article wholesale to be used in his speech.

Speaking to queries from the media, Low Thia Kiang heaped generous self-praise unashamedly on WP’s performance:

“I wouldn’t say very well…Of course there will be some people who think that we have not been up to par but we promised to do our best and we have done so.”

He added that the Workers Party served Hougang residents ‘well’ even without a full-time MP after its ex-MP Yaw Shin Leong was sacked from the party for his refusal to address swirling rumors about his alleged extra-marital affairs with multiple female leaders in WP.

“(I) am satisfied to say that we done our best to serve the residents of Hougang in this period of time, that’s why I am confidently saying that we have not shortchanged Hougang residents. We have served them well even without an MP,” said Mr Low, who also boasted about WP’s ‘track record’ in Hougang for “over 20 years”.

On the impact of the Yaw Shin Leong scandal on the party’s chances in Hougang, Low Thia Kiang said Hougang residents have always ‘trusted’ WP to produce ‘quality candidates’.

Yaw Shin Leong was a protege of Low whom he groomed carefully to take over him in Hougang for ten years. During an election rally in Hougang in 2011, Low promised Hougang residents that WP will never abandon them. Less than a year later, Hougang residents were left without a MP and had to be taken care by PAP grassroots leader Desmond Choo instead.

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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.”

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Low Thia Kiang solicits support from Hougang residents for his new protege Png Eng Huat

Posted by temasektimes on March 22, 2012

A year ago, WP Chief Low Thia Kiang was busy introducing his protege Yaw Shin Leong to Hougang residents to solicit support for him ahead of the General Election. Never would he fathom that he would be repeating the same thing again eight months after the election.

In the last few weeks, Mr Low has been bringing his new protege Png Eng Huat around in Hougang to solicit support for him. Mr Png was roped into the Hougang Constituency Committee a month ago and is widely expected to be fielded as WP candidate in the coming by-election.

The seat of Hougang was left vacant after its ex-MP Yaw Shin Leong was sacked from WP for his failure to address swirling rumors over his alleged extra-marital affairs with multiple married women, including a neighbor from China.

After his sordid affairs were exposed by the media, Mr Yaw ‘disappeared’ suddenly without even bidding farewell to his supporters, leaving many Hougang residents disappointed and angry.

In an interview with Hougang residents conducted by inSing news, many said ‘trust’ will be a main factor.

24-year-old Mohammad Shafiq said:

“The new MP needs to win people’s trust, because now we won’t trust anyone easily anymore.”

Another added she is disappointed with the Workers Party after Mr Yaw ‘vanished’ into thin air without accounting to the residents.

“I voted for him and he simply went off without saying a word.”

In the absence of Yaw and WP, the PAP grassroots adviser for Hougang Desmond Choo is serving its resident whole-heartedly by conducting weekly ‘tea sessions’ at Hougang Community Club.

Accord to media reports, Mr Choo has been visiting Hougang at least three to four times a week as support for him appears to grow ahead of the Hougang by-election.

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Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong rebuts WP Chief Low Thia Kiang

Posted by temasektimes on February 23, 2012

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has issued a stern rebuttal to Workers Party Chief Low Thia Kiang for dragging him into his mudslinging with former PAP MP Ho Kah Leong who had criticized the Workers Party for ‘abusing the democratic system’ by by causing a by-election in Hougang when the WP expelled Mr Yaw Shin Leong.

In a desperate attempt to exonerate WP from public scrutiny and opprobrium, Mr Low claimed that the PAP had triggered a by-election too in 1992 when then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong and his team in Marine Parade GRC vacated their seats for a by-election to be called.

In a letter written to the Straits Times Forum today by Foo Kok Jwee, the press secretary to ESM Goh, he described Mr Low’s reference to the 1992 by-election as ‘inappropriate’.

“When Mr Goh announced on Aug 17, 1991 that he would call for an early general election to secure a strong mandate to govern, he said at the same time that he would call for by-elections within 18 months to field more good candidates for self-renewal and to give (the late) Mr J.B. Jeyaretnam a chance to contest for election into Parliament,” he wrote.

Mr Foo added that Mr Goh had been transparent about the reasons for the 1992 Marine Parade GRC by-election from the beginning and the by-election was also expected.

“Mr Low therefore cannot compare the reasons for his causing a by-election in Hougang with Mr Goh’s purpose in having one in Marine Parade GRC in 1992,” the letter ended.

There are no immediate comments from Mr Low who is likely to adopt the usual WP’s ‘no comment’ approach and stick his head into the mud after being embarrassed yet again in public.

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Low Thia Kiang to ex-PAP MP: I am a MP, not a Private Investigator!

Posted by temasektimes on February 21, 2012

Embattled WP Secretary-General Low Thia Kiang, who has come under increasing fire of late for his error in judgement in fielding protege Yaw Shin Leong in Hougang, has sought to distance himself from him.

Mr Yaw was unceremoniously sacked from the Workers Party last week for refusing to address allegations about his infidelity. His current whereabouts is unknown and he reportedly left his wife behind to tie up the loose ends in the handover of Hougang affairs to other party members.

In response to queries from ex-PAP MP Ho Kah Leong on Zaobao forum on the Workers Party’s selection process, Mr Low admits that he and his party’s election committee had ‘absolutely no idea’ of the alleged extramarital affairs of sacked member Yaw Shin Leong when they decided to field him as a candidate in Hougang during the 2011 General Election.

“Even though I was familiar with Yaw Shin Leong’s background and I have met his family and attended his two wedding ceremonies, I have no way and no authority to inspect his private matters and personal life. I am a Member of Parliament, not a private investigator!” Mr Low wrote in his reply, trying hard to evade his responsibility for fielding Low.

He added in a defiant tone:

“Mr Ho Kah Leong said I should take responsibility for the Yaw Shin Leong saga. May I ask how I should take responsibility?”

However, according to a former WP member who spoke on the condition of anonymity, it is ‘impossible’ that Mr Low is not aware of Mr Yaw’s alleged flings and extra-marital affairs.

“The WP is a closely-knitted community. Everybody knows the family of one another. Yaw was in WP for over ten years where he was rumored to have a few relationships, confirmed or not with junior female members. His present wife was his polling agent in Ang Mo Kio GRC in the 06 election. Tongues do wag, how can Mr Low not hear the rumors?”

Our source also revealed that the decision to field Mr Yaw in Hougang was not unanimous and at least one senior leader pushed for the candidacy of Koh Choong Yong, also a Teochew:

“Koh was older than Yaw and joined the party at the same time as him. In the end, Yaw probably gets the nod from the boss because he was his ai4 tu2 (beloved disciple)”

When the scandal erupted, the Workers Party leadership initially rally around Mr Yaw and refused to comment on the rumors till it made an abrupt U-turn to sack him a month later after more of his ‘affairs’ were exposed and threatened to drag the entire party into the mud.

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Workers Party leadership divided over move to expel Yaw Shin Leong from the party

Posted by temasektimes on February 16, 2012

The Workers Party leadership was divided over whether to expel Hougang MP Yaw Shin Leong from the party as he refused time and again to meet them to address the allegations surrounding his personal life, said a party insider, a fact admitted by party Chairman Sylvia Lim when she revealed at the press conference yesterday that the decision to sack Mr Yaw was ‘not unanimous’.

When rumors about Mr Yaw’s alleged extra-marital affairs first surfaced on the internet, party leaders initially dismissed them as baseless rumors out to smear his character and closed ranks around him.

“There was a general consensus then that there is no need to reply to them (the rumors) as they seemed too far-fetched to be true. A directive was sent to all party members to keep mum and not speak to the media,” our informant said.

When pressed by the media, WP Chief Mr Low replied:

“You said yourself that these are rumours, why are you still asking me?” 

It transpired that Mr Yaw was invited to attend a CEC meeting to explain himself before the news was publicized by the mainstream media, but he did not turn up.

The straw which broke the camel’s back came when a Chinese tabloid published damaging allegations of Mr Yaw visiting a female neighbor’s home when her husband was away and her admission that she had an affair with him.

“That’s when some senior leaders start to realize the gravity of the situation – that Shin Leong would drag the entire party down with him if the rumors were not rebuked immediately.”

Still, the party struggled to deal with the crisis swiftly as Mr Yaw has considerable influence and support in the party. He joined WP in 2001 and was groomed by Mr Low for six years to take over him at Hougang. It is not a surprise that Mr Yaw won Hougang with 64.8 percent of the votes, higher than Mr Low’s percentage in 2006 as he was genuinely popular on the ground.

Despite some party members reaching out to speak to Mr Yaw in private, he chose to remain silent, thereby raising suspicions that there may be some element of truth in the allegations after all. To compound matters, there were rumors of a looming rebellion in its divided ranks with one senior leader threatening to resign if the party continues to ignore public sentiments.

As the rumors continue to spread uncontrollably like wild fire and tarnishing the party’s image in the process, the WP leadership decided to issue a show clause letter to Mr Yaw on Tuesday to explain himself to the CEC or risked being expelled. Mr Yaw did not turn up and he was expelled the very next day.

While acknowledging that public trust and support may be eroded from the PR fallout, the WP leadership is quietly confident of retaining Hougang.

“Hougang is a WP stronghold. No matter who WP fields in Hougang, residents will still support out of respect for Mr Low.”

Mr Low’s popularity was evident when he was greeted with choruses of support from Hougang residents last night as he returned to the constituency which first elected him to parliament more than 20 years ago.

Despite the initial hiccups, intra-party discipline and unity remain largely intact from the way WP had handled the saga by imposing a media blackout from the beginning to the eventual expulsion of Mr Yaw. Every member toed the same official line with nobody deviating from it and making contradicting statements to the press.

Though some leaders may have reservations about sacking Mr Yaw, they eventually unite around the party’s collective decision to do so. While popular among the young members, Mr Yaw’s departure is unlikely to trigger a mass exodus from the party like what happened in 2001 when party stalwart Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam left.

The debacle may turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the Workers Party as it shows Singaporeans that it can be trusted to be accountable to them. As for Mr Yaw, it marks a spectacular fall from the pinnacle of his political career which saw him winning Hougang in ease and being next in line to succeed Mr Low.

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