26th January 2013
The voters have spoken -- and they want the government to work harder.
says Workers' Party secretary-general Low Thia Kiang, referring to the
decisive margin of victory for candidate Lee Li Lian over the PAP rival
Dr Koh Poh Koon.
"The results of the
by-election show that Punggol East residents still expect the
government to work harder. Although many policies have been reviewed...
results show that the effect has not really trickled down to the
ground," he said during a media briefing at the WP headquarters after
results had been announced.
"People still feel the pressure of
high cost of living and many other things as well. So I would expect the
government to work harder on that and the Workers' Party will assist
whenever we can," he added.
WP chairman Sylvia Lim also said the importance of the victory was not to be underestimated.
is also an important episode for Singaporeans to take note of, the
value of political competition in getting the government to sit up and
take notice," she said.
"Despite this victory, the Workers'
Party is still a small party with much to do and improve upon," she
said, dismissing the idea that Singapore was close to being a two-party
"The Workers' Party will continue to serve residents in
Hougang SMC and Aljunied GRC and now the residents of Punggol East SMC
on the ground and in Parliament."
Winning candidate and now MP-elect Lee wasted no time in knuckling down
to the work ahead, taking the chance to announce that her
Meet-the-People sessions would start on 4 February, 7:30 - 9:30pm at 135
immediate task is to build up the town council, as we are all aware the
current Punggol East town council is actually under the Pasir
Ris-Punggol Town Council, so that will be the most immediate thing that I
need to do," said the 34-year-old sales trainer.
Saying it was
"possible" that she would quit her current job to become a full-time MP,
she also told the media to expect a statement soon on whether Punggol
East town council would be merged with the Aljunied-Hougang town
Impact of AIM saga on Punggol East?
Asked later on about how the recent AIM saga might affect Punggol
East Town Council or Lee's planned MPS, given that the terms of the
standing agreement between the PAP town councils and the party-owned
company are still in place, Lim said she did not think the PAP-run town
council would stop their plans.
"Right now we're not fully
cognizant of the arrangements that apply to Punggol East because we
don't have those documents on hand, so we don't know if there have been
any developments (with respect to the AIM agreement) since then," she
said. "But of course everybody hopes for a smooth handover, especially
since there's an MND review pending... We'll have to work towards taking
over but I hope that everyone will behave sensibly."
made no attempt to hide her gladness at having a second elected female
opposition MP, voicing her hopes that Lee's success will pave the way
for more women entering politics here.
"I certainly hope that
more women will come forward," she said. "It's important to have more
women in politics, more because politicians are supposed to represent
society as a whole, and we'd like of course for Parliament to be as
representative as possible -- so I think having more women will
certainly help rather than hurt."
article from Yahoo News