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.