Tan Jee Say on WP’s Hougang victory: ‘Fire of democracy’ will spread to East Coast, Joo Chiat and beyond
Posted by temasektimes on May 30, 2012
Given the convincing manner in which the Workers Party retained its stronghold of Hougang in a by-election held last Saturday, the WP has the ability to increase its current number of seats in Parliament in the next General Election, said former SDP leader and presidential candidate Tan Jee Say.
In a comment posted on his Facebook, Mr Tan congratulated Mr Png Eng Huat and the Workers Party, describing their victory as ‘remarkable.’
Despite the odds stacked against them, the Workers Party candidate Mr Png Eng Huat managed to garner 62.09% of the votes in Hougang, beating PAP’s Desmond Choo who got 37.91%, a marginal increase of only 145 votes from last year.
“The winning margin came as a surprise even to WP. PAP’s big guns over-rated themselves and their smear campaign. Hougang voters shook off the mud slung at Mr Png and WP as they poured out their frustration and unhappiness over national issues which are foremost in their minds, and in so doing reinforced their faith in an alternative voice to speak up for them,” Mr Tan wrote.
He added that WP is now well positioned to take down Joo Chiat, East Coast and other constituencies in the next General Election with this ringing endorsement from Hougang voters:
“With this solid endorsement from Hougang, “the fire of democracy” will surely spread to East Coast, Joo Chiat and beyond as described by Mr Png. There is much for WP and all the other opposition parties to do in the rest of Singapore to keep the Hougang momentum going. The road to GE 2016 has already started.”
The Workers Party won 49.7% and 54.5% of the votes in Joo Chiat SMC and East Coast GRC respectively during the General Election last year which puts it in good stead to capture these two constituencies as their aging PAP MPs and ministers are expected to step down in 2016.