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.
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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