Desmond Choo: I will be an independent voice as an MP
Posted by temasektimes on May 13, 2012
Though he is from the ruling party, PAP candidate for the Hougang by-election Desmond Choo (pic left, source: Facebook) promises to be an ‘independent’ voice in Parliament if he is elected.
“As long as policies are in line with long-term benefit of residents and Singaporeans, I can definitely agree with that. But if there are areas where the government can do better, then let’s speak up for this. Let’s make sure we lobby hard for it,” he said.
Using the demolition of a wet market in Hougang as an example, Mr Choo said he is not afraid to speak up on certain issues he disagree with.
“MND may have development plans, I agree they should plan for the long-term. But now I see there’s a gap. I’m not afraid to speak up on these issues.”
Mr Choo also pledges to do a lot more for Hougang residents if elected:
“As best as I try to serve them, there’s still a limit. If there’s a policy I disagree with, of course I can reflect that to the agencies, through formal channels. I can also talk to the media like yourselves but nothing beats going up to Parliament, championing and advocating their rights.”
The Hougang election will be held on 26 May 2012. Many political observers are predicting an ‘easy’ victory for the Workers Party including Yahoo News which has been campaigning for it relentlessly of late.