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An Open Letter for Hougang residents, from a fellow Singaporean

~ By George Tan ~

On 26 May 2012, you have the power to create history by giving the Workers’ Party and the Opposition Movement in Singapore, the highest ever votes (make it at least 95% in favor of WP) in the Hougang By-Election. You will stand tall and proud in the eyes of all Singaporeans and your votes at the ballot box will forever be remembered as the Opposition’s “Finest Hour” in the history of Singapore and remembered by future generations of Singaporeans of how the good & wise men and women of Hougang defeated the rich and mighty PAP Ministers and their party! So, please do the right thing and thrash the hell out of Desmond Choo and the PAP. All the people who support the Opposition Movement in Singapore rely on you to deal a knockout blow to the PAP government and to make our voices heard loud and clear.

The Prime Minister said that an election is a very serious business. What the heck was he thinking when he fielded Tin Pei Ling to stand in Marine Parade, when there were definitely plenty of qualified and better candidates available? Was he taking the residents of Marine Parade for granted or was he doing it out of blind loyalty for his principal private secretary, who incidentally is the husband of Tin Pei Ling?

The Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean foolishly questioned whether the Workers’ Party were sending their best man, Png Eng Huat in the interests of Hougang residents? Marine Parade residents deserve the best candidate from the PAP in the last General Election. Was Tin Pei Ling the best candidate that the PAP with all its resources and manpower could field? So, tell me did the PAP sent their best woman, Tin Pei Ling in the interests of Marine Parade residents? It will be remembered as the greatest joke in the history of politics in Singapore to put her into Parliament. And why do you not contest in Hougang in this by-election and put your money where your mouth is, by putting forth yourself for this election rather than sending Desmond Choo? You would have gained more respect for your action. And what is Integrity? Integrity means not paying yourself millions of dollars in salary and 26 months bonuses when the majority of Singaporeans are paid peanuts. Integrity means having the conscience not to accept such obscene salaries and doing the right thing by resigning from this government, which is clearly driven by greed of money and not by service, when it is obvious that first world governments do not demand that kind of salaries.

Desmond Choo said he will be an independent voice for you in Parliament. Does he think the Hougang voters are fools to believe in such empty words? Remember, many PAP ministers and Members of Parliaments went to Parliament thinking they could be independent voices but look at them today. They are just blind followers of the PAP party with no independent voices of their own.

Dear good and wise men and women of Hougang, this is your moment to hold your heads high and show the PAP that you are not to be pushed around and make it loud and clear to them that your sacrifices were not in vain; and remember all the unequal treatment you suffered in the hands of the PAP government for the past 20 years, which will not be easily forgiven and forgotten and that you have in your hands the power to punish the PAP once again at the polls. At this ‘Final Hour’ you will not be swayed and you shall never surrender your beloved Hougang, after you have held it for the Workers’ Party for so long. Remember, one more opposition voice in Parliament is very important for the Workers’ Party and the Opposition Movement in Singapore to check on the conduct and abuse of power of the PAP, whereas the defeat of the PAP in Hougang is just a number to the PAP. All of Singapore will salute you for your courage and forever remember this day and you, the people of Hougang, will all be rewarded one day for all your years of loyalty. Good luck. God Bless you & your family!

{To the collective leadership of the Workers’ Party: Please do read out this open letter, if you deem it useful, to the people of Hougang at your final rally tonight}

This article is published by The Online Citizen, 20 Maxwell Road, #09-17 Maxwell House, Singapore 069113.