Png Eng Huat elected as Member of Parliament for Hougang
Posted by temasektimes on May 26, 2012
Mr Png polled some 13,447 votes as compared to Mr Choo’s 8,200, which represents only a slight increase from the votes he received in the 2011 General Election.
A total of 21,951 votes were cast with 294 rejected votes.
While Mr Choo has managed to win some swing voters over, it is still not enough to make an impact in this opposition stronghold which was first won by WP Chief Low Thia Kiang in 1991.
The by-election was called after Hougang’s former MP Yaw Shin Leong was sacked in February this year for his failure to address allegations about indiscretions in his personal life.
Mr Yaw won Hougang last year by garnering 64.8 percent of the votes, making him the best performer among opposition candidates.
Despite the setback, Mr Choo has promised to remain in Hougang to serve its residents for ‘as long as it takes.’ Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has earlier called on Hougang voters to ‘seize the opportunity’ to make a ‘fresh start’ and judging by the result, they have chosen to stay with the Workers Party for the next four years.