Amidst their super busy schedules, seeing VVIPs like PM Lee, DPM Teo and so many bigwig high earning ministers campaigning for Desmond Choo in Hougang makes my heart ache. One small SMC like Hougang also become so many people tai jee (problem). So to help PAP, I give 3 suggestions to help them win Hougang. If they confirm, guarantee plus sumpah do these 3 things and still don’t win, I will stop blogging, stop saying anything anti-PAP for one month. Sumpah.
Singapore say no more to childish smear campaigns
But before I give them the 3 suggestions, a word should be said about this brand of immature and ‘ping pong’ politics that Singapore seemingly ‘enjoy’. This type of I say you lack integrity then you say I anyhow smear you then is really no integrity ‘ping pong’ politics. It happened in 2006 with James Gomez minority candidate papers, it happened again to Vincent Wijeysingha when his gay sexuality was questioned, it happened again and again to Hougang Town Council when their accounts were questioned by Lim Hwee Hua and now it has happened to Png and his use of the word “ballot”.
So instead on focusing on bread and butter issues, policy debate and the quality of each individual candidate in their respective wards, elections have become a tabloid show with barbs traded and the whole event getting gossipy like aunties quarreling in the market. At least there was some substance in Yaw Shin Leong‘s pokings arounds. But this ballot thing?? Seriously?? Are we fighting over a word?? Better say WP Main Webmaster Koh Choong Yong (ran in Sengkang West SMC during GE 2011) never get selected to run in Hougang when his Deputy Webmaster Png Eng Huat was selected!
Yes, some part of the public do want to know these details, but should they become the focal point of the whole election process? Until now I still don’t see any real quality in Png Eng Huat or Desmond Choo (party colour aside), except that the former is a horrible public speaker and the latter speaks like an evangelist pastor (nothing wrong in that occupation please). What a letdown this By-Election, luckily it was not held in Chai Chee, otherwise it would really be a Chai Chee By election (credit Mr Brown)!
So back to the main topic…3 simple things PAP can do to win Hougang
1) Promise and deliver a wet market and hawker centre in Hougang SMC after MND/HDB/SLA demolished the old market at Hougang Ave 3 and now developers build a condominium over it. PAP, please don’t have the cheek to say you want to lobby for a wet market when you demolished in the first place. Just build it ok.
2) Promise that the boundaries of Hougang SMC would stay intact for at least the next 3 general elections and if not forever the PAP is in power. A classic example of boundary shifting is the ward now called Ang Mo Kio-Hougang in the Ang Mo Kio GRC. It is bordered by Hougang Ave 2, Hougang Ave 8 and Hougang 4. The voters of this ward has voted in Cheng San GRC (1997), Aljunied GRC (2006) and AMK GRC (2011). Next elections maybe they vote in Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC. Btw, just down the road along Hougang Ave 4 is really Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC liao. No joke.
3) Promise Glenda Han as the next PAP candidate for Hougang SMC so that more Singapreans would be interested to listen to parliamentary debate. In fact, if WP had fielded her this time, I think it would an easy win for them.