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DPM Teo: Hougang by-election result does not reflect sentiments of Singaporeans as a whole

Posted by temasektimes on May 26, 2012

The result of the Hougang by-election does not reflect the sentiments of Singaporeans as a whole, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean (pic left, source: TODAY).

The Workers Party’s candidate for Hougang Png Eng Huat easily wins the by-election by garnering 13,447 or 62.09% of the votes over PAP’s Desmond Choo who only managed to increase his share of votes marginally to 32.91%

Speaking to reporters at a press conference after the result was announced, DPM Teo said:

“We always knew Hougang would be difficult. We take it seriously, that’s why we put a good candidate here.”

He noted that the result reflect the sentiments of Hougang voters only:

“I think residents of Hougang are special. I don’t think they’re representative of voters in Singapore as a whole.”

Despite the defeat, DPM Teo was encouraged by the better result:

“I’m also encouraged that more in Hougang have supported Desmond’s vision of the future.”

Hougang was first won by Workers Party’s Low Thia Kiang in 1991 and has remained its stronghold ever since, sending WP candidates into parliament for six consecutive times including the latest by-election.

52 Responses to “DPM Teo: Hougang by-election result does not reflect sentiments of Singaporeans as a whole”

  1. RY said

    Rubbish! It reflects the senti
    E

  2. Utter Rubbish said

    Hey you Delusional fella.. Swallow your pride and admit you MIWs messed up big time and Singaporeans are all sick and tired of you!!

  3. pngkueh_forever said

    Oh, dear, DPM, why just field a good candidate. Why not a better or betterest candidate. Just idle talk on the improvement of a mere 2% no big deal isn’t it. It is not 20%, sour grapes. Even if the betterest candidate is put up, he will still lose, anyway. Wanna try in GE2016 ?

  4. chalice said

    sounds like sour grapes IMHO

  5. Ken Wee said

    Teo are you DAFT? People are fed up of your policies, change or the PAP will be history in 2016

  6. sweetbean said

    Good candidate? But not your best? Just asking only.

  7. LoveSG said

    TCH must seriously be delusional… or in denial!

  8. NeturalParty said

    Yes we all know PAP to take back Hougang is difficult. Why not send Minister Mentor Lee to win hougang back? It ‘WILL’ be easy for him

  9. JeoJeo said

    tch living in denial? I suggest tch to challenge Aljunied GRC in the next GE

  10. I won't cry said

    Good consoling yourself

  11. alan.trizon said

    Mr. Teo, you are not learning and refuse to learn. You are digging PAP’s own grave

  12. kena Sai said

    aiyo, Teo Che Hean, u still in ur own lala world ….

  13. Singaporean said

    吃不到葡萄说葡萄酸…

  14. Shaun said

    Teo… You have talked shit. Maybe if you had kept you freaking mouth shut, Desmond will be in a better position. Your statement totally insulted the people in Hougang. So these 13 thousand people are not Singaporeans?? I like Desmond, says a lot about the man when he congratulated Png. I believe he worked hard and give the man credit when it’s due. He got the shorter end of the stick. This guy’s voice will not be heard in parliament but Tin Pei Ling’s noise will. God save me country. WP, you need to get your act together as well. Many people I know don’t believe in you yet. They voted for you because they are against PAP. I really hope you deliver what you had promised to the people in Hougand and Aljunied. There are good people in PAP but the senior ‘leaders’ are screwing your ass every other day.

  15. Shaun said

    Teo… You have talked shit. Maybe if you had kept you freaking mouth shut, Desmond will be in a better position. Your statement totally insulted the people in Hougang. So these 13 thousand people are not Singaporeans?? I like Desmond, says a lot about the man when he congratulated Png. I believe he worked hard and give the man credit when it’s due. He got the shorter end of the stick. This guy’s voice will not be heard in parliament but Tin Pei Ling’s noise will. God save me country. WP, you need to get your act together as well. Many people I know don’t believe in you yet. They voted for you because they are against PAP. I really hope you deliver what you had promised to the people in Hougang and Aljunied. There are good people in PAP but the senior ‘leaders’ are screwing your ass every other day.

  16. DaWolf said

    DPM Teo, over 40% of Singaporeans says you are wrong. Wake up your ideas and stop painting to the rest of the world that everything is alright. I bet 2016 will see the PAP% drop to 50% with more than 30% of total seats going over to the opposition site. Bold guess I know but how many would vote against me. You have failed to make good all your promises since GE 2011. Slam the opposition all you want but at the end of the day, Singaporeans have guys and Singaporeans are definitely not daft.

    • Mel said

      They just need to give out more citizenship to foreigners to make up the difference. I think this is their strategy to stay in power so my fellow ‘Singaporeans’ do not expect things to go our way. Singapore will be very crowded by 2016.

  17. aloysius12 said

    That what you believe and, as usual, wearing a rose tinted glass. You see but don’t actually see, you hear but not listerning. The numbers in attendance at their rallys were from outside their wards and the numbers of postings suggested that you people were treating this as a referendum hoping that win for you people approved the many national policies notwithstanding welcoming more foreigners. This is a wake up call to listen intently to our shortcomings and don’t take us for granted. One year down the line call for another by-election and see whether you policy/s are being accepted.

  18. jay said

    You should keep your thoughts to Yourself and not make an assumption to the nations sentiments. We can express it ourself

  19. Blood suckers said

    Why are all the white moronic dogs self delusional?

    Not only that, but only know how to smear innocent people.

    You dare to say. I dare to challenge. The whole Singapore go for re-election again lah. Snap polls lah. See whether you still can hold onto your office or not

    Fucking brainless moron dog.

  20. elusive scorp said

    TEO CHEE HEAN! I DARE U TO HAVE A RE-ELECTION IN ALL CONSTITUENCY.. LET’S SEE IF ALL E SINGAPOREANS WILL UNITE TOGETHER THIS TIME ROUND!

    DO U & YOUR MEMBERS DARE TO TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE?! DON’T JUST SIT AROUND & GIVE CHILDISH COMMENTS.. ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORD.

  21. Dirty Politics said

    Whether this by-election reflects the sentiment of Singaporeans, we will know in the next election. If the government takes this election seriously, the PAP should send their top gun to fight since this is an opportune to take Hougang back from WP. Why is PAP sending Desmond Choo- is it the top gun to fight this battle? I leave it to Singaporeans to reason. What if Mr Teo is represented for this by-election?? Is he afraid to lose face if he lost to an experienced candidate compared to his years of politics. The long story short is no top guns in the PAP would stick their head out cause they know they will lose.

  22. YourMO said

    Talk cock la. CB Teo.
    You got balls to hold another election right now?
    For true blue Singaporeans born in Singapore only and not those new foreign trashes?

    The results will send Old Fuck straight to hell for eternity.

  23. V Lee said

    DPM Teo, be realistic! Face the fact, it’s a signal for PAP to buckle up and understand the citizens now, whether they are in Hougang or in Marine Parade!

  24. Invictus said

    TCH still in denial. Good – let him see the true sentiments of Singaporeans in 2016 when PAP loses more seats or even the majority in Parliment

  25. Crystal Ball said

    Truth is, Hougang is a reflection of what things can become for the PAP if income inequality continues to highlight how difficult lives are for the lower income groups.

  26. TRUE BLUE SINGAPOREAN said

    THIS SORE LOSER PUT HIS FACEBOOK TO PRIVATE HAHAHAHHA

  27. Birdie said

    Honestly speaking lah, Desmond Choo is much better than Png Eng Huat, Just ask Papaya n yourself why lor.
    That slightly better results was due to DC crying,
    Congrats to WP…..

  28. Blessing in disguise said

    If Hougang residents don’t view it as a national issue then resign yourself from Pasir Ris GRC and call another BE to prove your point is right.

    Don’t talk cock and sing songs.

    Simple, period.

  29. spotlessleopard said

    A good candidate…..notwithstanding he is the nephew of the dsgraced PaP MP….I think Desmond Choo is a good Guy who has joined the wrong Political Party…..He shold consider resigning from PaP and join the Opposition….Party/parties…

  30. spotlessleopard said

    They put in all their BIG Guns and managed to get another 2% This shows that PAP is on the way out in GE2016….

  31. evil said

    if hougang is widespread, you would not be speaking to the press today

    you will be unemployed looking for a job in China

  32. Philip Loh said

    Mr Teoh’s comment can also be seen as the last GE’s results “does not reflect the sentiments of Singaporeans as a whole”.

    Those constituents with walkovers are not being truly reflective of those who may not have voted for or against the PAP.

    If Mr Teoh wants a more accurate mandate, let these so-called walkover constituents vote as well. The residents should go into the polling station with vote slips with a “YES” or “NO” choice.

    That is the fairer way instead of saying they won in a walkover!

    My 2 cents worth of comments, please.

  33. stevenado said

    DPM Teo, you are very wrong!!!!! Remember our PM said “sorry” after last general election? As as PM, he has the courage to to say that to THE WHOLE OF SINGAPORE!!!!
    Please do not underestimate singaporean!!! Our IQ are not that LOW!!!! Give respect to others! Talk through your conscience not your nose!!!

  34. Tony said

    DPM Teo is the Opposition’s “secret weapon”. Eeach time he open his mouth the PAP loses more votes.

  35. Regime Change said

    In what way are Hougang voters not representative of Singapore?

    Singapore is a city and the profile of every constituency is pretty much the same in terms of demographics and socio-economics. We don’t have ethnic enclaves like Bradford or Leeds, or a Bible belt, or Rust Belt or Agricultural Belt

  36. pay said

    The guy that actually walked out loosing in this whole saga is you TCH imo. From yr actions u actually assasinated your own character. I am glad at least our pm just sit back and relax and acted as a real prime minister. But u TCH is something else althogether.

  37. Lim said

    How low can a man get?

  38. He had shown his true color in this BE. I used to have high regard for him before this BE.

  39. Conscience said

    TCH is not the only one who has put his Facebook as private. So has Michael Palmer. These two should learn from Baey.

  40. Singaporean said

    Teo, u did not deserve to be a DPM!!! U idiot!! Please open your eye n see the result!! If PAP continue to be rule Singapore like this n don’t listen to Singapore’s open feeling. YOU will definitely be out-of-job in 2016!! Hougang voice is a representation of all Singaporean’s voice. It does represent me!

  41. atuk said

    tell him…..somebody big and tall promised SGporean a SWISS standard of living….!!!!
    Bullshitting is FREE.

    • TrueSGP said

      Extract from Federal Department Swiss Foreign Affair :
      Am I eligible for Swiss nationality?
      If you have been resident in Switzerland for 12 years you may apply for naturalisation. Years spent in Switzerland between the ages of 10 and 20 count as double.

      How long does the foreigners get Singapore citizenship? Extract from Singapore ICA.
      A person who is at least 21 years of age and has been a Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR) for at least 2 to 6 years prior to the date of application. The SPR who wishes to apply on his/her own merits may approach ICA for a preliminary assessment interview to check his/her eligibility for Singapore Citizenship.

      That’s a Big Difference. Are our Citizenship so easy to get? Are these foreigners going to treat singapore as their home after just 2~6 years of stay? Or this is just a launching pad/ for the sake of travel ease for them?

      What a Joke!

  42. TrueSGP said

    Wait till WP garners enough candidates with good character and credentials. When that happens, you will have to shaft your words back into your throat.
    With you joining in Desmond Choo campaign, obviously you are also being rejected by the residents of Hougang.
    And you still say these are not Singaporeans sentiments.
    Do away with the GRC’s system, return back to the People the Power to select the MP of their choice.
    Then you will really know how badly you have done since independence.
    Your remarks clearly shows that you have taken the easy way or rather then reflect on the sentiments of all Singaporeans.

  43. durian aroma said

    Check out this bugger TCH and you can see that he hitched a ride into parliament through the GRC system. He started off as a little asshole but his true colour is exposed once appointed as DPM. I concur with those who think likewise, that he is a bloody disgrace as DPM. It is also a mockery to many NSmen, to know that he was a former rear admiral.

    I have one question for TCH, “if 40% think you acted like a scumbag with no class at all as DPM, will you then say, it does not reflect sentiments of Singaporean as a whole?”
    In otherwords TCH, if 40% do not trust you one bit, can you then claim you are trustwothy because 60% think so ?”

    “Is this how PAP buggers measure their worth?”

  44. Dun be happy yet said

    Yes, agree not as a whole as the north and west side majority still support his party but the east side is not. Good news is his GRC is on the east side.

  45. RemoveGRC said

    Mr Teo, remove the GRC system and let’s see if you’re still voted in.

  46. Don't Try My Patience said

    TCH, U want to know the real sentiments of Singaporeans?
    Break down all the GRCs and let them fight as single wards.
    That will show U the REAL SENTIMENTS of ALL SINGAPOREANS!!
    By then, U and your fellow hypocrites/liars will cry more than DC!!

  47. KOmae said

    DPM not able to sense the ground sentiment? May be yes may be not. But I will not underestimate him. PAP lost in BE may lead to business confidence drop (2016GE is merely 4 or lesser years away). New foreign investors in particular, may pull break in committing investment in Singapore. DPM is speak with an objective in mind to calm the business world, that is his targeted audience.

  48. Henry said

    Has he gone back to run the country? … our taxes pay for ten days of his time to be campaign manager for DC … that’s a lot of money that we should get refunded for … If he stills cannot get over the campaign, the taxpayers are paying his salary while he continues to daydream …

  49. Oz Blacksheep said

    No wait, actually its good for him and his party to keep thinking this way. It will be the best for all Singaporeans when they lose in 2016. So let them keep going down this path.

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