Dr Tan Cheng Bock questions Rotary Club’s donation to Desmond Choo’s project in Hougang
Posted by temasektimes on May 27, 2012
Former PAP backbencher and presidential candidate Dr Tan Cheng Bock has questioned the Rotary Club’s $100,000 gift to PAP candidate for Hougang Desmond Choo on the eve of the Hougang by-election.
The Straits Times had earlier published an article on the Rotary Club’s pledging $100,000 to Desmond Choo to retrofit ageing toilets in Hougang.
“The Rotary Club is pledging a $100,000 gift to PAP candidate Desmond Choo’s initiative to retrofit ageing toilets in Hougang…. The club decided to make this donation after watching a video produced by a group named “The People for Desmond Choo”.”
In a post on his Facebook, Dr Tan expressed his disappointment with the Rotary Club:
“Is the club taking a position in politics? Is it within the ambit of its constitution? I have always been a supporter of the Rotary Club but I was disappointed by this action.”
He also asked if the Rotary Club will now withhold the donation after Desmond Choo lost the by-election:
“Now that PAP Desmond lost to WP Png in the election, what is the Rotary Club’s stand? Is Rotary going to withhold the donation now that the official Member of Parliament Png Eng Huat is in charge of Hougang and he is from the opposition.”
Mr Choo has promised to continue serving in Hougang despite a second electoral defeat in a year.