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Png Eng Huat: I made a choice not to be considered for post of NCMP

Posted by temasektimes on May 22, 2012

I made a choice not to be considered for the post of Non-Constituency MP (NCMP) after last year’s General Election, said WP candidate for Hougang Mr Png Eng Huat.

Mr Png was responding to queries from Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean who asked during the PAP election rally last Sunday why it didn’t send Mr Png to parliament as an NCMP when it had a chance to do so.

DPM Teo also wondered if WP is taking Hougang voters for granted by fielding Mr Png who was not given the much coveted NCMP post.

Mr Png contested in last year’s General Election in East Coast GRC where his team garnered 45 percent of the valid votes. The  NCMP position eventually goes to rookie Gerald Giam which prompted its team leader Eric Tan to quit the party in disgust.

The Elections Department had offered three NCMP seats to the best losing opposition candidates in last year’s GE.

In an interview with Channel News Asia, Mr Png said:

“I actually took my name out of the ballot for the NCMP post. Because I have a personal stand against the NCMP scheme, so that’s why my name wasn’t in the ballot. So I don’t think DPM knows all of these.

However, according to a WP insider who spoke to us on the condition of anonymity, the ‘ballot’ was a farce as certain ‘big shots’ in WP had already decided on Gerald Giam.

“If a vote was indeed called, Eric Tan would surely win because he was a senior leader who laid the groundwork for East Coast. But the two leaders favored Gerald and others simply went along. In WP, there are some leaders who you cannot offend or you will be put in ‘cold storage’ forever,” he said.

Mr Png was working the ground in East Coast only in 2011 before being transferred to Aljunied GRC after the election. After Yaw Shin Leong was sacked in February, he was ‘parachuted’ into Hougang Constituency Committee by WP Chief Low Thia Kiang.

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Desmond Choo debunked accusation by WP supporter Seah Ee Onn that he asked his grandma to vote for him in return for a gift

Posted by temasektimes on May 21, 2012

PAP candidate for Hougang by-election Desmond Choo is a gentleman who promised to conduct a ‘clean’ campaign, but his opponents do not seem to reciprocate his goodwill.

The seat of Hougang was left vacant after its ex-WP MP Yaw Shin Leong was sacked from WP in February this year for his failure to address swirling rumors about his alleged extramarital affairs with multiple married women, including two key WP female leaders.

After WP leaders hurled malicious and baseless accusations at Mr Choo one after another during its election rally last Saturday, WP supporters have launched a nasty smear campaign online to discredit and demolish Mr Choo.

One WP supporter by the name Seah Ee Onn (pic left) proclaimed on Facebook that Mr Choo tried to ‘buy’ the vote of his grandmother in exchange for a ‘gift’.

He initially said he may consider lodging a police report, but backed down hours later by deleting his comment and saying that the decision does not lie with him:

“As for the police report, the decision is not mine to make.”

Though his comment has since been removed, it still caused a stir in cyberspace with some questioning if Mr Choo has resorted to such ‘tactics’ to win votes.

[Source: Facebook]

Speaking to queries from the media, Mr Choo debunked the rumors immediately, adding that he is a man of  integrity and he does not want his integrity to be challenged.

He said he has been going about the campaign in a sincere way and there is no way that he will do such things.

“I have developed schemes for them even after I’ve lost (in the last GE), these things are provided for them and the allegation is not consistent with what I’ve been doing,” he said.

Mr Choo did not mention if he would sue Seah Ee Onn for defamation, but he said he would address the issue seriously if a police report is made.

Despite winning the hearts and minds of some Hougang residents for his hard work in Hougang in the past one year, many political pundits have dismissed Mr Choo’s chances in the by-election with its unofficial ‘Hammer’ Yahoo News publicly predicting an ‘easy’ victory for WP even before a single vote is cast.

WP leaders have been asking Hougang residents to continue to support WP because of its ’20 year presence’ there as if Hougang is a ‘property’ of the Workers Party with scant regard for their feelings and aspirations.

 

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Yaw Shin Leong ‘apologizes’ to Hougang voters in open letter, but still did not clarify if he had sex with WP female leaders

Posted by temasektimes on May 18, 2012

Disgraced former WP MP Yaw Shin Leong (pic left) has issued an ‘apology’ to Hougang residents in the midst of the election campaigning, more than three months after he was sacked from WP for his failure to address rumors swirling around his alleged extramarital affairs with multiple married women, including two key WP female leaders who contested in the General Election last year.

In the letter, Yaw wrote that with the Hougang by-election around the corner, he would like to take the ‘opportunity’ to ‘thank’ Hougang voters for casting their votes for him during 2011 election.

“I also wish to apologize for the inconvenience caused to you, for the whole episode and having to go through the polls again as a result of my expulsion from the Workers’ Party,” he added.

After his sordid affairs were exposed in the media, Yaw left Singapore almost immediately, leaving Hougang residents in the lurch. He went ‘missing in action’ for months before returning to Singapore recently.

Yaw also did not clarify if he did have sex with the two WP female leaders as alleged by the media or whether he was involved in other ‘hanky-panky’ business within the party.

According to a former WP member, Yaw’s half-baked ‘apology’ is nothing more but an election ‘gimmick’ to win the votes of Hougang residents for the Workers Party.

“The sentiments on the ground is not too good. There are some Hougang residents who still feel sore over the Yaw scandal and it will cost WP votes in the coming election,” he said.

Read his letter below from CNA Connect Facebook:

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Former WP candidate Sajeev Kamalasanan accused WP of ‘discriminating’ against Indians

Posted by temasektimes on May 14, 2012

Former Workers Party candidate for Nee Soon GRC Sajeev Kamalasanan has lashed out at WP for ‘discriminating’ against Indians.

In a press statement issued to The Temasek Times and other media outlets, Mr Sajeev accused the WP leadership of ‘short-changing’ Indian members such as him who have contributed to the growth of the party.

Mr Rajeev resigned from WP abruptly on Sunday for its refusal to give him party cadreship despite giving it to most of the candidates who contested in the election last year as well as ordinary members.

He added that he heard from existing cadres that Ms Sylvia had privately made reference to a group of “problematic” ex-candidates that are not given cadreship.

When he confronted Ms Lim, she reportedly insinuated that Indians are ‘unreliable’ and not committed to the party’s cause:

“I finally questioned Ms Sylvia about why she never considered nominating me for party cadreship and was not satisfied with her explanations:

1) That it has been the party’s experience that Indians tend to leave after getting party cadreship; and

2) That (she had wanted to nominate me but) I had abruptly stopped contributing at her MPS sessions.”

Mr Rajeev was outraged by her explanation:

“I feel that it is unfair to consider all Indians as uncommitted to the party and if this has been WP’s experience, the right thing for WP is to reflect on what it might be doing to contribute to this and perhaps arrest this problem if it considers and aspires itself to be the alternative voice of all Singaporeans.”

Ironically, the Workers Party was founded by a Eurasian David Marshall in 1957 and built up by the late opposition leader Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam, an ethnic Indian of Sri Lankan descent.

Jeyaretnam broke the PAP’s absolute monopoly in parliament by winning a seat in Anson in 1981 and again in 1984. However, he was eventually ousted by his protege Low Thia Kiang after which he went on to set up the Reform Party.

As usual, there is no clarification from the Workers Party whose leadership never feel a need to account to the public despite its election slogan last year ‘Towards a First World Parliament’ amid empty pledges to hold the ruling party accountable.

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Aljunied resident slams Workers Party for wasting public resources again to repaint flats only after 2.5 years

Posted by temasektimes on April 9, 2012

The Workers Party appears to be clueless about running a GRC as its inexperience shows up once again by repainting flats in the constituency which just received a new coat of paint by the old Town Council two and a half years ago.

According to a flyer distributed to the residents by WP MP Pritam Singh, Blocks 101 to 121, 601 to 613, 613A, 613B, 614 to 618 and 625 to 629 Bedok Reservoir Road will be repainted in the next few months. Mr Pritam Singh added that residents have informed him that their flats have not been repainted for a ‘long time.’

One Aljunied resident Nurul Ayrianna Huda who lives in the one of the blocks revealed on Facebook that her flat was painted only 2.5 years ago:

“Isn’t it strange that the previous Town Council painted my Block 2.5 years ago and now the new one wants to again?? Isn’t there some kind of schedule for painting? What a waste of residents’ money!”

Mr Pritam Singh who received much flak lately for plagiarizing the works of a netizen and using it in his parliamentary speech without giving due credit, does not seem to be aware of the fact that Blocks 625 to 629 Bedok Reservoir Road had been repainted once in August 2009 while Blocks 619 to 623 which have not been repainted for a while were completely left out of his repainting plans.

HDB flats usually received a new coat of paint every five to seven years.

Just one month ago, one irate Aljunied resident Mr How emailed us to complain about the Workers Party wasting public resources in changing all the carpark sign and direction boards into the yellow and red color of the WP ‘hammer’ logo.

“I don’t understand why there is a need to change everything when they are still in working condition. How much does it cost us? And was there an open tender called?” Mr How fumed.

Another Aljunied resident Chan Choo Jun who lives in Blk 644 Bedok Reservoir Road felt WP has got all its priorities wrong:

“WP is an expert in putting up ‘wayang’ to show it is doing something, but end up wasting public resources repeating things which have been done. They should first solve the bloody RAT infestation in Bedok Reservoir instead of wasting money repainting flats just painted two years ago! If they do not know how to run a GRC, they jolly well go and ask the PAP for help! Really had enough of their nonsense! A lousy bunch of jokers!”

As expected, there are no immediate comments from the Workers Party or Aljunied-Hougang Town Council as they continue to ignore the concerns of Aljunied residents as if nothing has happened.

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Aljunied aunty: I catch six to seven rats in my shop every month as AHTC lays the blame on others

Posted by temasektimes on March 29, 2012

The pervasive ‘rat problem’ in Aljunied GRC is becoming so serious under the watch of the Workers Party that residents have to catch the rats themselves!

Soon after the Temasek Times published an exclusive scoop on Aljunied residents complaining about Aljunied-Hougang Town Council’s (AHTC) inaction over the ‘rat problem’, a Chinese tabloid published an article yesterday highlighting the plight of Aljunied residents.

One 54 year old aunty Madam Tan who sold joss sticks and items for prayers at Blk 152 Serangoon North Avenue 1 revealed that she had to catch the rats herself due to the failure of AHTC to address the problem.

“The rats will eat the food such as biscuits left in the shop. Even my neighbor’s fruits were not spared. I caught six to seven rats in this month alone.”

When contacted by the media, AHTC laid the blame entirely on the many mini-marts and stalls selling foodstuff around Blk 152.

“The source of food is a constant challenge for us to eradicate the rats in the constituency because of the many mini-marts and stalls selling fruits and foodstuff in the vicinity of Blk 152.”

However, one Aljunied resident dismissed AHTC’s explanation as being ‘simplistic’ and nothing more but a lame excuse to cover up for its incompetence:

“My cousin stayed in Blk 261 Serangoon Central Drive just nearby which is run by Marine Parade Town Council. Her block is surrounded by more mini-marts, grocery shops and a wet market. But you don’t see rats running around the place like here.”

Meanwhile, Aljunied residents may have to consider learning from Madam Tan to catch the rats themselves as AHTC continues to ignore the problem and blames HDB for building too many mini-marts and shops in the constituency.

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Aljunied residents: Workers Party sleeping on ‘rat problem’ in constituency

Posted by temasektimes on March 25, 2012

An angry Aljunied resident has written an email to us complaining about the Workers Party’s ‘irresponsible’ attitude in tackling the ‘rat’ problem prevalent in the constituency.

Chan Choo Jun, who lives in Blk 644 Bedok Reservoir Road said he has called up Aljunied-Hougang Town Council at least twice this year to complain about the situation and no action has been taken so far:

“The rubbish dump near my block is infested with rats, one can see them running around in broad daylight to the wet market next door. The place wasn’t so dirty in the past, but since WP took over, the standards of maintenance seem to have dropped.”

He added it’s very difficult to contact AHTC during working hours as nobody seems to pick up the phone and emails are never replied:

“Very disappointed with WP. They like to make a show of engaging residents, but I have never seen my MP since the last General Election.”

The MP of Bedok Reservoir Low Thia Kiang is reportedly ‘running’ between his ward and Hougang after his protege Yaw Shin Leong was sacked from the party for his failure to address swirling rumors about his multiple sordid extra-marital affairs with married women, including a neighbor from China.

“I think Mr Low is burnt out. I heard he visits Hougang at least three times a week. He should be focused on serving our interests first because he is our MP instead of worrying about the by-election.”

Another irate netizen who lives in Serangoon North posted his complaint on WP’s Facebook after being stonewalled by AHTC:

“There’s lots of rats at Blk 152 Serangoon North Avenue 1…….I have submitted once (to AHTC) before but there’s still no action taken.”

[Source: WP Facebook]

Mr How, who earlier complained about the ‘waste of public resources’ in changing the carpark direction signs in Aljunied GRC said:

“Maybe WP is busy clearing up the mess in Hougang to be concerned with us. Their performance in parliament is also pathetic. Pritam just copied his entire parliamentary speech from the internet. Like this I also can be a MP. What a disgrace he is to Aljunied residents!”

As usual, there are no response from WP MPs or AHTC to the genuine concerns of Aljunied residents. Perhaps they should try catching the rats themselves instead of waiting for their ‘sleeping’ MPs to do the job for them

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Goh Meng Seng continues his personal vendetta against Workers Party: It’s ‘karma’ that WP lost Hougang

Posted by temasektimes on March 20, 2012

Despite pleas from both his supporters and detractors alike to ‘shut up’, embattled self-proclaimed ‘leader’ of the opposition Goh Meng Seng continues his personal vendetta against the Workers Party on his personal blog and Facebook as he shows his determination to destroy his former party once and for all.

A day after sending shock waves throughout the opposition camp by mooting the idea of sending star politician Nicole Seah to contest in the Hougang by-election, Mr Goh now dredges up the past to engage in another round of mudslinging with WP though the latter has been ignoring him all along.

In the latest post on his Facebook, Mr Goh wrote that the possibility of a 3-corner fight happening in Hougang is because WP planted the ‘seeds’ in GE 2011 by ‘forcing their way into Moulmein-Kallang, even if it means a 3-corner fight with NSP in the GRC.’

“Of course, never did WP expect that it will end up with Yaw-gate and a by-election in Hougang and it will open up a weaker front for others or NSP to fight back,” he wrote, mocking at WP’s predicament in Hougang as a result of the sacking of its ex-MP Yaw Shin Leong over his failure to address allegations about his multiple extra-marital affairs with married women.

Mr Goh added that there is ‘nothing wrong’ for NSP to contest in Hougang:

“If WP only thinks of its own party interests in previous GE as well as next GE, NSP should also think of its own interests as well. Testing out the possible outcome of 3 corner fight by using Hougang by-election as testing platform is the only way for it to make proper assessment.”

He ended his rant at WP by taunting it again:

“Karma happens to each and everybody, regardless of who you are. The lesson here is that don’t always think that you could bully others when you are strong because there will always be time when you are weak and others will get back at you. That’s Karma.”

Mr Goh should realize that karma works both ways and it will surely return to haunt him in the next General Election as disgruntled opposition supporters swore to put an end to his political career once and for all.

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Gopalan Nair: The present Workers Party serves the ‘purpose’ of the PAP

Posted by temasektimes on March 15, 2012

Former Workers Party leader Gopalan Nair has lashed out at the present Workers Party for serving the ‘purpose’ of the PAP government in its bid to portray Singapore as a ‘democracy’ to the world instead of holding it accountable to its words and actions.

Mr Peer M. Akbur, press secretary to Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts Yaacob Ibrahim had earlier written to the Wall Street Journal rebutting a letter by Reform Party leader Kenneth Jeyaretnam that his father, the late Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam was prevented from contesting in the General Election because of defamation lawsuits, using the example of the present Workers Party to illustrate his point:

“In a healthy democracy, vigorous political debate does not involve defamatory attacks. In Singapore’s 2011 General Election, the same Workers’ Party that J.B. Jeyaretnam once led achieved its best performance since independence, with several MPs elected into Parliament. It faced no lawsuits. Mr Kenneth Jeyaretnam and his party also contested the General Election, albeit less successfully.”

In a letter written to the Wall Street Journal, Mr Nair wrote:

“Finally he says that the current Workers Party has won several seats in Parliament. Surely that should be no problem if they have decided not to criticize the government where it really matters, like Jeyartnam senior had done in the past. The present Workers Party, far from being a threat to the Lee Kuan Yew’s PAP, indeed serves their purpose. Now they could say they are no longer a one party state, while at the same time, they can continue to rule without any opposition from anyone.”

Though the Workers Party won an unprecedented six seats in Parliament during the General Election last year, its MPs have been mired in scandals and controversies amidst a lackluster performance to serve as a ‘co-driver’ to the ruling party.

A month ago, ex-WP MP for Hougang Yaw Shin Leong went ‘AWOLed’ and was subsequently expelled from the party for his failure to address swirling rumors about his alleged extra-marital affairs with multiple married women, including party colleagues and a neighbor from China.

Two weeks later, WP MPs Chen Show Mao and Pritam Singh were slammed by netizens for ‘plagiarizing’ the work of others in their Facebook notes and parliamentary speeches respectively without giving due credit.

Read Mr Gopalan Nair’s article in full here.


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PM Lee blames Workers Party for causing seat of Hougang to be vacant

Posted by temasektimes on March 10, 2012

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong appeared to lay blame on the Workers Party for causing the seat of Hougang to be vacant, thereby mandating the need to call for a by-election.

The seat of Hougang fell vacant after its ex-WP MP Yaw Shin Leong was sacked from the party for his failure to address allegations over his alleged extra-marital affairs with multiple married women.

In response to a question by PAP MP Christopher De Souza if a by-election would be called in Hougang soon, PM Lee recalled that Article 49 of the Constitution states that when a seat falls vacant, it shall be filled by election. However, the timing of the by-election is at the discretion of the prime minister.

As for the timing, PM Lee said he will take into account all relevant factors, including the well-being of Hougang residents, issues on the national agenda, as well as the international backdrop which affects Singapore’s prosperity and security which prompted a question from WP Chairman Sylvia Lim:

“Does prime minister not agree that with the Hougang SMC being vacant, there is actually an under-representation of the Hougang voters in this House?”

PM Lee replied that he did not know if there is a under-representation of the interests of Hougang voters as a result of the seat being vacant, but if there is an issue, the WP should be held liable for it:

“If that is an issue, I would have thought it is something which the Workers’ Party would have considered before deciding to expel Mr Yaw Shin Leong… So if we are in this situation today, it is because the Workers’ Party has caused this situation to happen knowing the consequences.”

As a result of Mr Yaw’s expulsion, there is no full-time MP in Hougang to serve the residents causing many of them to turn to PAP grassroots adviser for Hougang Mr Desmond Choo for assistance instead.

 

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