Even before the by-election is held in Hougang, political observers interviewed by Yahoo News are all predicting an ‘easy victory’ for the Workers Party as Hougang is considered a ‘safe seat’ for it.
The PAP will be fielding its losing candidate for the last General Election in Hougang Desmond Choo against the Workers Party’s veteran leader Png Eng Huat.
Political observer Derek da Cunha said WP is likely to win the seat ‘quite handily even if there is a multi-cornered fight.’
“We have to keep in mind that this has been a WP stronghold for two decades. The WP’s hammer symbol is highly recognisable in Hougang and voter sentiment there remains very favourable towards the WP, notwithstanding the Yaw Shin Leong episode.” he added.
Singapore Management University political science lecturer Bridget Welsh predicts a ‘tough’ contest for the PAP in what is known as a WP ‘safe’ seat.
Her views were shared by fellow lecturer and Nominated MP Eugene Tan who predicts a victory for WP in Hougang:
“I think they’re confident that their branding that they’ve nurtured for more than 20 years in Hougang would be able to provide sufficient lift for Mr Png,” he noted.
PAP leaders are also not optimistic of Mr Choo’s chances in Hougang with Minister of State for National Development Tan Chuan Jin describing him as an ‘underdog’.
WP supporters have already popped the champagne to celebrate WP’s likely victory with many predicting that it will win by a greater margin this time.
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