Hougang MP Png Eng Huat forms new grassroots committee separate from PA
Posted by temasektimes on June 7, 2012
Newly-minted Hougang MP Png Eng Huat has set up a new grassroots committee to manage grassroots activities in Hougang which is entirely separate from the Hougang grassroots organizations under the People’s Association.
The new 17-strong Hougang Constituency Committee consists of a mix of old and new faces. Mr Png remains its Chairman. His deputy is WP organising secretary Ng Swee Bee, 31, while the secretary and treasurer is a new face – tutor Janice Ng, 32.
The committee was suspended following the expulsion of ex-MP Yaw Shin Leong from the party in February this year.
Meanwhile, the losing PAP candidate for Hougang by-election Desmond Choo continues to duplicate Mr Png’s role and work by conducting ‘meet the people’ sessions weekly at the Hougang Community Club.
Though Mr Png is the elected MP of Hougang, he is not appointed as its grassroots adviser and hence not allowed to use the Community Club to meet residents and to conduct activities in the constituency.
The People’s Association is supposedly a ‘non-partisan’ statutory board funded by taxpayers’ monies and headed by the Prime Minister himself.