PM Lee: WP still has not given Singaporeans a proper account of what happened
Posted by temasektimes on May 9, 2012
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has advised President Tony Tan to issue the Writ of Election this morning in Hougang though there is no fixed time-frame for him to do so, he revealed in a posting on his Facebook.
The by-election will be held on 26 May. Nomination for Hougang by-election has been fixed on 16 May and Serangoon Junior College will be the nomination centre. Polling Day for the by-election is not a public holiday.
In his posting, PM Lee said the Government has worked hard together with Singaporeans to implement its programme to build an inclusive Singapore, and improve the lives of all over the past one year.
“We set the broad directions when Parliament opened last October. In the Budget in February we followed up with effective schemes to help the poor, the elderly and the disabled. We are also upgrading our companies’ and workers’ skills, so that our economy can grow and Singaporeans can improve their incomes year by year.”
He also took a swipe at the Workers Party for not coming clean with Singaporeans on the sordid extra-marital affairs which its members are accused of being embroiled in.
“In January this year, news surfaced of personal indiscretions by Mr Yaw Shin Leong, the Workers’ Party (WP) Member of Parliament for Hougang constituency. The WP first kept totally silent, then supported Mr Yaw, and then three weeks later suddenly expelled him from the party. Until now the WP has not given Singaporeans a full and proper account of what happened, or why it acted in this way.”
Mr Yaw allegedly slept with two prominent female leaders of the Workers Party who contested in the last General Election. It is not known if there is any more ‘hanky-panky’ going on within the party.
PM Lee ended his message by calling on Hougang residents to elect the best candidate with commitment and integrity:
“The by-election will give Hougang residents the chance to elect a new MP to serve them. I encourage Hougang voters to use this opportunity wisely, to elect the best candidate with commitment and integrity: someone they can rely upon to express their hopes and concerns, address their needs, and make a real difference to their lives.” (read more here)
During an election rally in Hougang last year, WP Chief Low Thia Kiang promised Hougang residents that they will never be ‘abandoned’ by WP. Less than a year later, Hougang is left without a MP and its residents have to be taken care of by PAP grassroots leader Desmond Choo instead.
To learn more about Mr Choo, please visit his Facebook page here.