Desmond Choo: I did not use taxpayers’ monies to fund my social welfare projects in Hougang
Posted by temasektimes on May 21, 2012
PAP candidate for Hougang by-election Desmond Choo (pic left, source: Facebook) has responded to wild accusations hurled at him by WP Chief Low Thia Kiang during an election rally last Saturday.
Mr Low had earlier accused Mr Choo of using taxpayers’ monies to fund his numerous social welfare projects in Hougang which were initiated by him since last year.
“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!”
In response, Mr Choo said he respects Mr Low who is many years his ‘senior’ and explained that the he did not use a single cent of public monies to fund his projects.
“It is not easy to find the money and it did not drop down from the sky. We have to raise it painstakingly from donors, sponsors and private enterprises.”
Mr Choo added that he has been working the ground in Hougang for the past one year unlike his WP opponent Png Eng Huat who was ‘transferred’ to Hougang from Aljunied GRC after Yaw was expelled from WP for his failure to address rumors swirling around his alleged extramarital affairs with multiple married women, including two key WP female leaders.
Despite the ferocious attacks launched against him by WP leaders one after another, Mr Choo remained calm and did not retaliate in kind.
There are no immediate comments from Mr Low or other WP leaders on Mr Choo’s clarification.