PM Lee: Hougang by-election an ‘uphill fight’ for the PAP
Posted by temasektimes on May 20, 2012
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has downplayed the chances of the PAP in recapturing the opposition stronghold of Hougang from the Workers Party, describing the Hougang by-election as an “uphill fight” for the People’s Action Party (PAP).
Speaking to reporters after accompanying the PAP candidate for the Hougang by-election Desmond Choo on a walkabout in the constituency, PM Lee said the by-election is a ‘serious business’ for Hougang residents to choose the best candidate to look after them in the ward and to represent their interests in Parliament.
Responding to the recent public proclamation by the Workers Party that the by-election was a ‘serious business’ for the party, PM Lee said if that was indeed so, the Workers’ Party should have put up a good candidate for the constituency in the General Election held in May last year.
The seat of Hougang was left vacant after its ex-WP MP Yaw Shin Leong was sacked from WP three months ago for his failure to address swirling rumors around his alleged extramarital affairs with multiple married women, including two key female WP leaders who may be involved in the preparation of the by-election in Hougang.
WP Chief Low Thia Kiang claimed that he was ‘unaware’ of Yaw’s personal indiscretions though there were already rumors going on that Yaw was involved in some ‘hanky-panky’ with WP female members. His second wife was his counting agent in Ang Mo Kio GRC during the 2006 General Election.
PM Lee also said the by-election is not meant to provide more ‘alternative’ voices in Parliament as there are already eight opposition MPs in Parliament and another nine Nominated MPs.
The Workers Party appears to be very confident of its chances in the coming by-election next week with its supporters predicting an even bigger margin of win for the party.
PAP Rally this evening at:
7:00pm at Hougang Stadium, 100 Hougang Ave. 2 S538856