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Png Eng Huat elected as Member of Parliament for Hougang

Posted by temasektimes on May 26, 2012

As expected, the Workers Party candidate for Hougang Png Eng Huat won the seat of Hougang in the by-election called today.

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.

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23 Responses to “Png Eng Huat elected as Member of Parliament for Hougang”

  1. NeturalParty said

    Workers Party workers party

  2. Dirty Politics said

    Well done WP! Continue to do more n show PAPthat you can do it despite all odds!! Reasonable Singaporeans would still want an alternate voice.

  3. Ah Long said

    shame on you, TT.
    You had been trying to promote Desmond Choo, and failed.

  4. Singaporean said

    Hougang people said, ‘Hougang is NOT FOR SALE!’

  5. Blood suckers said

    What has PAP done for the hougang residents? Nothing. And after they battered, bully, degraded and humiliate them for so long. You think people will forget and move on? Stop fucking dreaming you white moronic dogs

    Only your fucking white moronic leader dogs make a huge national mistakes and tell people to move on.

    And next time, you all white moronic dogs have no rights to say and tell other people they have no integrity and moral issues. You of all people had none. Sold your fellow Singaporeans out to bring in more foreign trash and protected behind a lop-side ISA law. You people are then the trashy people of Singapore

  6. pngkueh_forever said

    Congrats,WP and Png Eng Huat !. Results are as expected, swing of a mere 2% is no big deal. The voting pattern is extremely consistent with the spirit of Hougang… that’s the way, despite the threat of suffering consequences.

  7. jaded said

    in your elite face pappies! hahahaha!

  8. Working Party said

    congrats Workers Party :-)) very happy for all who wants WP inside the Parliament not just that party who promotes the casinos, develop infrastructures on marine clay, increasing GDP so that more printing of $$ is allowed by central banking, People of Hougang I congratulate you to champion the cause of SG over promises to paint your flat , or create lifts for everyfloor. See the bigger picture, trouble and tribulation ahead; we need voices to check, to question every transaction made in the name of greed, more greed. Mr Png, work hard for the people, people who have work hard for Singapore since 1959

  9. elusive scorp said

    Long Live WP!!! x3
    We need u to be our alternate voice, & fight for us- true blue Singaporeans! We need to unite so as to win back the home that truly belong to us.

    Question PAP on e open immigration policy! We had enuf of all e low class foreigners (Pinoys & PRC) snatching our jobs here, polluting our home- having them here is such a disgrace! They bring shame to e country.

  10. Slight improvement said

    Pap still managed to get back 2.7% of swing votes, any analysis?

  11. Chip said

    Desmond Choo may meet another old lady who will cry and urge him to stay on again. But hope he also listen to many other old ladies who cry out to him and his political masters to stop this unjust discrimination on estate upgrading. We at block 324 congratulate WP on their win. Please don’t let us down, and PAP…in the infamous words of the previous MM Lee…”you got 4 years to REPENT”

  12. fairplay said

    I would like to think that the results were not so much a rejection of Choo, but more a rejection of the PAP’s high-handed politics, characterised by the arrogance and the double standards of Teo Chee Hean. His conduct during the election campaign was disappointing and even embarrassing. Choo conducted his campaign in a highly dignified manner. I feel sorry for him. His party bosses have let him and the voters down, all this talk of “change” is obviously nothing more than mere platitudes.

  13. Anthony Tang said

    Show the PAP that arrogance will not survive in modern day Singapore

  14. Self Reflection for WP said

    Instead of blaming some bogeyman for political mileage, WP should do some serious self cleansing. All their problems are from within WP itself, not from PAP or MSM or some imaginary conspiracy theory.

  15. heed said

    Instead of blaming some bogeyman for political mileage, WP should do some serious self cleansing. All their problems are from within WP itself, not from PAP or MSM or some imaginary conspiracy theory. First YSL, then the slew of resignations, later an unofficial backup, followed by mysterious letters from within the party. PEH himself is obviously lying for the sake of elections, most likely at the commands of LTK’s CEC who think it’s a high-sounding good strategy. So much for first world parliament, or democratic progress. Politics is all simply for show.

  16. take heed said

    Instead of blaming some bogeyman for political mileage, WP should do some serious self cleansing. All their problems are from within WP itself, not from PAP or MSM or some imaginary conspiracy theory. First YSL, then the slew of resignations, later an unofficial backup, followed by mysterious letters from within the party. PEH himself is obviously lying for the sake of elections, most likely at the commands of LTK’s CEC who think it’s a high-sounding good strategy. So much for first world parliament, or democratic progress. Politics is all simply for show.

    • Jerald said

      shut up and pls crawl back to your Pap-masters. Worker Party has won in HG. Thats show they believe in WP. This show how WP has been doing. SO much for your internal problem bullshit rubbish here. we dont need you to bark here. pls go back and lick you own master toes

  17. take heed said

    Instead of blaming some bogeyman for political mileage, WP should do some serious self cleansing. All their problems are from within WP itself, not from PAP or MSM or some imaginary conspiracy theory. First YSL, then the slew of resignations, later an unofficial backup, followed by mysterious letters from within the party. PEH himself is obviously lying for the sake of elections, most likely at the commands of LTK’s CEC who think it’s a high-sounding good strategy. So much for first world parliament, or democratic progress.

    Politics is all simply for show. The real test is to deliver on Singapore’s progress and survival.

  18. Danny said

    Hahahahah pathetic Temasek Times!! formerly trying to dirty smear Worker Party and Png, now they won already,you bunch of kids can just run back to your mamas! Temasek Times and The Temasek Review are just complete bunch of children still been breastfeed by their mothers. What a joke and shame of Singapore Journalism and online news platform

  19. dfasfsgfsgh said

    WHY PAY instead of PAY AND PAY??

  20. Ron said

    A very strong win for WP. Congrats.

    A bad lose for the PAP and is a reflection of the voters on the many national issues and the way the PAP is performing. It also shows the resolve of the Hougang residents. They are willing to put up with the neglect and punishment of the PAP for being an opposition stronghold.

  21. jaws said

    What’s a grueing night at Hougang, Congratulations to Mr Png Eng Huat won the battle, long live the new MP Hougang

  22. @ Slight Improvement may 26th at 11.20 pm: While the PAP wld seem to hv improved slightly by a small %, the bigger picture is pretty serious for the ruling party.
    Note that the virtually negligible % improvement in Desmond Choo’s votes was achieved despite the following -
    1. Yaw SL’s fallout with and sacking by the WP which was trumpeted and played up by mainstream ST, the PAP big wigs and this blog, TT.
    2. WP’s Eric C and the Indian party member (sorry, can’t recall his name) who back-stabbed their own party during the by-elections, inevitably leading to suspicions that the WP was imploding and cld not be a credible party.
    3. PAPie big wigs electioneering for Desmond, first Tharman, then Teo CH and even PM LHL.
    In entering the Hougang byelection fray, the PAPIe big wigs hv effectually transformed the Hougang byelection from a local byelection to a national referendum on the PAP to all intents and purposes. The very slight improvement in Desmond’s score wld underpin the following -
    1. With internet a regular feature of sinkie life, it wld not be enough for the ruling party to resort to the old tactics of mud-slinging at opponents, slanted reporting in mainstream ST and pro-PAPie Temasek Times, and such underhand albeit visible manouvres by the ruling party. Greater literacy of the ppl inevitably demands greater objectivity in news reporting as biased news coverage wld only turn even PAPie supporters away, to the ruling party’s loss.
    2. The ppl feel that the PAP has not delivered to expectations at the national level. Therefore, even the PAPies’ big wigs’ foray into Hougang has led to a dismal percentage improvement in Desmond’s total votes.
    3. Hougang is an established WP stronghold that the WP has continued to work tirelessly on the ground to good effect. The Hougang byelection proves that it wld be very difficult for the PAP to make any headway in this constituency unless the WP makes a big blunder come next GE. But wld it?
    4. It can be expected that the WP wld diligently work the ground in Ajunied and other consitituencies to pose a bigger challenge come next GE now that it is emboldened by the voters’ repeat support in Hougang.
    5. Unless the ruling PAP can satisfactorily resolve CPF, Health, Transport, CPF and elderly care issues, plus the widening gap between the rich and the rest of the ppl, so as to meet the ppl’s heightened expecations of ministerial responsibility and accountability, the next GE wld see choppy seas for the ruling PAP to retain its parliamentary majority. Clearly, the WP has yet to see its best prformance at a GE and, conversely, the ruling PAP its worst. The PM wld do well to take stock of the overall situation to plug the shortfalls than to rest on past laurels.

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