21st January 2013
If the Workers Party are able to reduce monthly Service & Conservancy charges for its wards despite increasing cost, why can't PAP?
Below is the script from Workers Party Mr Chen Show Mao, MP for Aljunied GRC during its first by-election rally for Punggol East SMC.
ALJUNIED-HOUGANG TOWN COUNCIL TAKES A RATIONAL AND RESPONSIBLE APPROACH, WITH INTERESTS OF RESIDENTS HIGH ON OUR MINDS. SERVICE AND CONSERVANCY CHARGES FOR SEVERAL FLAT TYPES REDUCED SINCE 2011 DESPITE RISING COSTS.
Voters of Punggol East,
Selamat datang. Terima kasih atas kehadiran anda.
How should you vote in this by-election? If there is an authority on by-elections in Singapore, it is Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean. He said on Wednesday, “when the voters decide, they should decide on the basis of who will be the best person to represent them in Parliament, look after their future and make sure that Punggol East will be a better place to live in”.
So let’s look at these three things.
One. Represent you in parliament. Which candidate do you feel better able to relate to, feel you can talk to, understands your concerns to best represent you. Is it Dr Koh? Is it Mr Lim? Mr Jeyaretnam? Or Li Lian?
Two. Look after your future. Who do you send to Parliament to give yourself the best chance of having government policies that will look after YOUR future and your children’s future.
Since GE2011, the government has told you often that it will listen to you.
I read from today’s newspapers: At last night’s PAP rally, speakers reminded voters of the party’s record since the 2011 General Elections, with major policies announced in housing, transport, education and healthcare. Yesterday, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said there will be as many as 200,000 new homes by 2016. n Thursday, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said the Government intends to double the rail network by 2030.
So many changes since the 2011 General Elections!
I believe the government will listen closely to what you have to say in this by-election. Do you wish to tell the Government to keep at the changes since GE2011. Or do you say, “OK, that’s enough listening to me.” No, you need to do more for your future and your children’s future with your vote.
Three. Make Punggol East a better place to live.
The Workers’ Party takes a rational and responsible approach in town council management, with the interests of the residents high on our minds. When the new Aljunied-Hougang Town Council set its service and conservancy charges in October 2011, we did not increase the rates, but instead reduced them in many cases, depending on flat types. That was our decision after taking into account the interests of stakeholders, as well as its impact on town council operations. We said then that “With increasing operating costs, we are constantly exploring ways to keep expenses low. Nevertheless, steps would be taken to ensure that service standards are maintained at a high level.”
These are part of our efforts to make our constituencies a better place to live.
You live right next to Aljunied GRC. You be the judge.
My fellow Singaporeans: To build a functioning multi-party parliamentary system takes time. IT WILL TAKE TIME for an opposition political party in Singapore to grow, gain experience, grow, overcome obstacles and grow into its role as a credible alternative government. But just because the task is challenging, it does not mean we do not take it on. Precisely because it will take time, so we should start NOW. Starting with your vote.
Voters of Punggol East: Think for yourselves. You know, there is another authority on how to use your vote to secure a bright future. David Marshall, the founder of the Workers’ Party. He once said “Don’t let anyone deaden your passion or courage: you are Singapore.”
extracted from Mr. Chen Show Mao's facebook page