WP Chief and veteran opposition leader Low Thia Kiang has launched a blistering attack on the PAP candidate for Hougang Desmond Choo (pic left, source: Facebook), more than twenty years his junior at a WP rally in Hougang last night.
Though he lost the election to Mr Low’s protege Yaw Shin Leong last year, Mr Choo continues to stay on in Hougang and has started a few initiatives for its residents in the past one year or so, including setting up a job hub and legal clinic.
However, Mr Low dismissed his efforts and accused him of using taxpayers’ monies to win votes.
“No matter how many welfare packages rolled out by him (Desmond Choo) to win your votes, the question is: Where did the money come from,” Mr Low thundered.
He added callously that Mr Choo is using taxpayers’ monies to paste ‘gold’ on his face:
“Is the money from his pocket? Or from the PAP community fund?….Choo Pey Ching is using your money to paste ‘gold’ on his face!”
However, Mr Choo had earlier clarified that he did not use a single cent of taxpayers’ monies for his social welfare projects in Hougang, all of which are tied up with external agencies like NTUC, Tian Fu Temple and the Criminal Association of Singapore.
Despite the best efforts of Mr Choo, many political pundits have dismissed his chances including political analysts Derek Da Cunha and Eugene Tan with the pro-WP Yahoo News predicting an ‘easy’ victory for WP.
Even Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong admitted that Mr Choo is an ‘underdog’ in the by-election:
“The Workers’ Party is very confident, and as (Deputy Prime Minister) Tharman (Shanmugaratnam) says, ‘super-confident’ about their chances here; they’ve been in this ward for a long time – Low Thia Khiang personally was here for 20 plus years, but he’s not here anymore.”
PAP Rally this evening at:
7:00pm at Hougang Stadium, 100 Hougang Ave. 2 S538856
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