PAP’s Desmond Choo ready to be fielded in Hougang again
Posted by temasektimes on February 17, 2012
A by-election looms ahead for Hougang following the sacking of its Workers Party MP Yaw Shin Leong from the party two days ago. Mr Yaw garnered 64.8 percent of the votes in the General Election to beat Mr Choo. He has been uncontactable since his expulsion.
In an interview with Yahoo News, Mr Choo says he is “ready to answer any call” to contest if a by-election is called in Hougang single member constituency (SMC).
“Whether I will be fielded as a candidate is for the party leadership to decide,” he added.
Despite the setback he suffered in Hougang, Mr Choo has been working hard on the ground in Hougang.
“For us, our core work has not changed and will not alter. We have been serving the community and this has been our commitment all along — to serve and take care of Hougang residents…..Our various social assistance and bonding initiatives have been welcomed by the community. We will continue to deliver even more meaningful initiatives in Hougang.”
One Hougang resident we spoke to said she has a favorable impression of Mr Choo who was frequently seen at her estate as the appointed grassroots leader of Hougang.
“Yaw Shin Leong is really disappointing. He just run away without any explanation. I think Hougang residents may be inclined to vote for the PAP this time,” she wrote in an email to us.
Though Hougang has been a ‘stronghold’ of the Workers Party for the last twenty years, the fallout from the Yaw Shin Leong fiasco may have eroded some support and trust of Hougang residents, many of whom felt let down by WP.
In a straw poll conducted by a Chinese tabloid, less than half of those polled indicate they still support WP while 40 percent remains undecided.