WP confused over who to field in Hougang by-election with two members granted political donation certificates
Posted by temasektimes on May 15, 2012
In an earlier press conference, WP announced it has nominated Mr Png Eng Huat (pic left) to contest in the by-election, but another member, former candidate for Nee Soon GRC Dr Poh Lee Guan has applied for the political donation certificate required to contest in the election as well.
The Elections Department said on Tuesday that certificates were issued to Mr Desmond Choo, Mr Png Eng Huat, Dr Poh Lee Guan and Mr Zeng Guoyuan.
While some have earlier speculated that Dr Poh was being used as a ‘reserve’ for Mr Png in case the latter’s application was rejected in the last minute for whatever reasons, it turns out not to be so as WP was kept in the dark over the matter.
In a short statement posted on its Facebook, WP said:
“The Workers’ Party has only nominated Mr Png Eng Huat as our candidate for Hougang SMC. Dr Poh Lee Guan has not informed us of any intention to contest. Dr Poh is still a member of the Party.”
So what is happening exactly?
Is Dr Poh really going to contest in the by-election? Or is he simply volunteering to be Mr Png’s ‘reserve’ without the knowledge of his party? Either way, it does not reflect well on the Workers Party which does not seem to know what it is doing at times.
Just a day ago, former WP candidate for Nee Soon GRC Rajeev Kamalasanan resigned abruptly from the party, citing his unhappiness with the party’s refusal to nominate him for party cadreship. He also revealed discriminatory remarks against Indians made by WP Chairman Sylvia Lim which has not been clarified yet despite a half-baked attempt to do so by skirting the question.