Desmond Choo: More Hougang residents are seeking my assistance now
Posted by temasektimes on March 30, 2012
With Hougang still lacking a MP after its ex-WP MP Yaw Shin Leong was sacked from the Workers Party last month for his sordid extra-marital affairs with multiple married women, Hougang residents are turning to the PAP grassroots adviser for Hougang Mr Desmond Choo for assistance!
Despite losing last year’s General Election to Mr Yaw, Mr Choo still remains in Hougang to serve its residents faithfully. Not only did he conduct weekly ‘tea parties’ at Hougang Community Club to fraternize with them, he is also setting up an unemployment center to help unemployed residents in Hougang.
The number of Hougang residents seeking Mr Choo’s help has increased steadily since Mr Yaw’s sacking, from five to ten in the beginning to more than 20 last month to an astounding 40 this week!
In a tweet after a marathon session meeting the residents, Mr Choo revealed he saw 40 cases in a single session:
An increasing number of Hougang residents disillusioned with the Workers Party are flocking to join the ranks of Mr Choo’s grassroots volunteers as well.
Though WP Chief Low Thia Kiang has been bringing his new ‘protege’ Png Eng Huat around the constituency to seek the support of Hougang residents, many are reserving their judgement this time.
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.”
During the General Election last year, Mr Low promised Hougang residents that WP would never abandon them as he moved to contest in Aljunied GRC, leaving Mr Yaw to take his place. Less than a year later, Hougang was left without a MP after Mr Yaw left its residents in the lurch without even bidding farewell to them.
With no pressure whatsoever to ensure an opposition presence in parliament this time, long-suffering Hougang residents may be inclined to give Mr Choo a second chance as he endeavors to win their hearts and minds.