Local by-elections, national issues?
Posted by temasektimes on May 24, 2012
Let us not forget the basics of this by-election. This Hougang by-election came about because of the WP. During the last GE, it put up a candidate and praised him sky-high. After the people of Hougang sacrificed they votes and their next 5 years for the WP, as they had done for the past 20+ years, things went awry.
Instead of the great character he was supposed to be, it turned out that this chap had been looking after his own sexual needs rather than the basic needs of the people of Hougang. This chap was said to have been fooling around with some of his Party female members. If this was not bad enough, these women were somebodies’ wives. Makes one wonder what does the W in WP stand for; Workers or Wild?
What followed turned things from bad to worse. The WP sacked him from the Party and he lost his MP seat. This chap was duly elected to represent the people of Hougang. Did the WP not see it right that it should consult the people of Hougang first?
This shows what low regard the WP has for the people of Hougang. Up till today, the WP has not given a full and satisfactory explanation of what actually happened. It has not categorically denied that it did not know about the flings of Yaw Shin Leong before the election. Besides YSL, there are other WP MPs. Are they clean?
Now the WP is trying to sell another candidate to the people of Hougang, again by praising him sky-high. The people of Hougang is not interested to know what LTK has to say about his choice. We want an unreserved assurance from him that this candidate will not turn out like the previous one. We do not want to have another by-election following this coming one. This is the pertinent issue which should be addressed by the WP in the Hougang by-election, not national issues.
National issues like population decline, immigration and foreign talents cannot be addressed by the voters of just one constituency. By calling for these issues to be addressed in the Hougang by-election, the WP is shooting at its own feet. If the WP really believes that these national issues should be addressed in a by-election, then all its MPs should have resigned so that by-elections would have been called for both Aljunied GRC and Hougang. Everyone can see that it did not.
WP, put your house in order first. If you can’t even ensure good discipline within the Party, how can you handle national issues?