Tan Jee Say calls for opposition ‘unity’ in support of Workers Party in Hougang by-election
Posted by temasektimes on May 9, 2012
The government has announced a by-election to be called in Hougang on 26 May 2012. The seat fell vacant after its ex-WP MP Yaw Shin Leong was sacked by his party for his refusal to answer rumors swirling around his alleged extra-marital affairs with multiple female leaders in the Workers Party.
Mr Tan has earlier indicated his interest in contesting in the by-election. However, in his latest posting on his Facebook, he called for everybody to support WP:
“Our first priority is to ensure that Hougang remains with the opposition and not fall into the hands of the PAP. At this juncture of our political development post-GE2011, the best way forward is for all of us to support WP in its defence of the seat against the PAP.”
He also urged opposition supporters to stay united and work together to advance democracy in Singapore:
“Opposition unity is the concern of every one and is not a one-way street. All must play their part. Supporters of opposition unity rightly expect all opposition parties to work together, cooperating and complementing each other to maximize their chances ofsuccess at the polls to advance democracy in Singapore.”
Mr Tan added he is ‘sure’ that WP will reciprocate the goodwill:
“I am sure WP will appreciate this gesture of political cooperation from individuals and other opposition parties alike and will reciprocate accordingly in the run up to the 2016 general election.”
Unfortunately, Mr Tan’s faith in WP has been grossly misplaced. The Workers Party is never interested in opposition ‘unity’. In fact, three days ago, WP Chairman Sylvia Lim just declared that WP will contest in Tampines and Marine Parade GRCs in the next General Election in an interview with Lianhe Zaobao.
With five MPs in Parliament, the Workers Party is now the biggest opposition party in Singapore and it does not need the support or help of other smaller parties as shown by the increasing arrogance displayed by its leaders.
When asked by the media on 23 February 2012 about the Workers Party’s views on the Budget which have been expressed earlier by other parties, Sylvia Lim retorted callously:
“But we are in Parliament, they are not. We will make use of the platform we have.”