Don't let PAP take you for granted: WP's Low Thia Kiang

The Workers' Party went on the offensive on Saturday evening during its first rally of the Punggol by-election on Saturday night.

On a muddy field in Punggol, more than 5,000 people turned up to hear WP secretary-general Low Thia Kiang urge voters not to let the PAP take them for granted.

[SLIDESHOW OF WP RALLY]

"Ask yourself if the PAP appreciates your support or do you want to send a message to the PAP government that you don't want your support to be taken for granted anymore?," said Low.

"How did Rivervale Plaza, the only marketplace in this town, have delays in renovation works?" said Low. "Have any real efforts been made since two years ago here?"

WP chairman Sylvia Lim continued in the same vein, asking voters to keep up the pressure on the ruling PAP.

"Do you really want another PAP man to enter Parliament? There are so many PAP men in parliament already. Why not a WP woman?" she asked to loud applause.

Bird's eye view of the crowd at WP's Punggol East Rally
1 / 19
Yahoo Newsroom | Photo By Yahoo! Photos / Christine Choo / Yahoo! Photos / Christine Choo
Sun, Jan 20, 2013 12:00 AM SGT


Punggol East candidate Lee Li Lian, who is among four candidates standing for the by-election, also took the stage near the end of the three-hour rally.

Lee: I am just like you

She said her experience serving in Eunos has given her valuable experience in addressing the problems of Singapore.

"Like you I am a heartlander working hard to make a living," said Lee, who stressed that
she too came from a humble background, a reference to PAP candidate's Dr Koh Poh Koon "I am one of you" campaign message.

"I'm also an ordinary Singaporean. I grew up in three-room HDB flat. I'm not a high flyer, or a government scholar. I did not do well earlier in my schooling years but I worked hard, really hard, and made it to Ngee Ann Polytechnic and eventually graduated from Curtin University of Australia," said the 34-year-old sales trainer.

"In order to ease the financial burden of my parents, I worked a part-time job when I was 15. I'm running for this because I want a better Singapore, not only for us but also for our children," said Lee, who will be contesting the ward after winning 41 per cent of the votes at the 2011 elections.


Touching on the issues she would champion in Parliament, she said she would focus on healthcare, the elderly and young families.


WP's Punggol East candidate Lee Li Lian:

Acknowledging that Punggol East was home to many young families wanting to have children or already having children, she said that she understood their concerns -- and took the chance to criticise the PAP on the issue of rising childcare and preschool fees.

"Childcare fees have gone up by 35 per cent in five years, despite the increase in the number of childcare and pre-school centres. This is because of high rental costs," she said.

She went on to say that the high rentals are passed on to parents as a result of a lack of subsidies, pointing out that only government linked PCF and NTUC kindergartens enjoyed $30 million in annual funding and heavy rental subsidies.

Earlier in the evening, most key WP party members took to the mic with impassioned speeches on hot topic issues like transport, childcare, healthcare and housing, all with the same underlying message:  "The PAP has not listened or done enough for voters".

A bird's eye view of the crowd at the WP Rally on Saturday night

The 'Aljunied slap'

Hougang MP Png Eng Huat had harsh words, saying that the PAP's "National Conversation" initiative had only come about because of WP's stellar showing at the last elections.

"The PAP was trying to rectify problems highlighted by the people to no avail, until the voters of Hougang decided to give them a tight slap," he said.

Party member Toh Hong Boon's speech on rising transport costs also hit a nerve with the crowd.

"
Buying a Chery QQ in Singapore can buy you a Porsche in the US," he declared to loud cheers from the supporters.

WP's offensive on PAP came in the wake of several swipes taken at them by PAP party members.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had earlier in the morning told reporters that he had not seen any strong views or alternatives being presented by the opposition, both from their NCMPs and elected MPs.

WP members declined to comment on PM Lee's observation, saying that they would address the issue at their next rally.


Related stories:

No strong alternatives by WP since being elected to Parliament: PM Lee

Bright future for PAP's Dr Koh?
'I know what it's like for a family to struggle'
SDA's Desmond Lim defends youth volunteers
RP's Jeyaretnam files police report
Singapore govt gets poll boost from split opposition
  • 2015 Nissan Murano aims for the style-forward crowd 9 hours ago
    2015 Nissan Murano aims for the style-forward crowd

    Nissan says its 2015 Murano crossover, only the second major revamp of the car since it debuted in 2003, draws its design cues from the “age of future space flight.” That’s probably taking it a little far, but the new Murano, based off the 2013 Resonance concept vehicle, is an exceptionally lovely machine, all fluid, curved metal on the outside, and flowing, soft-touch materials on the inside. Certain kinds of comfort and charms that were unheard-of outside of premium vehicles five years ago have definitely trickled down, and reached a kind of design apotheosis with this car.

  • Volkswagen brings new (ish) Jetta to New York along with Golf Sportwagen 12 hours ago
    Volkswagen brings new (ish) Jetta to New York along with Golf Sportwagen

    With its new President and CEO of America, Michael Horn, on stage in New York after just 100 days on the job, Volkswagen debuted its 2015 Jetta. You'd be forgiven for noticing little differences compared to the outgoing model, and in the words of Horn himself, the changes are indeed subtle. The most notable of those subtleties is the all-new 2.0 liter turbo diesel motor, offering 45 mpg highway and a modest increase of 10 hp. For VW, diesel is where it's at.

  • With Vantage GT, Aston Martin races below $100,000 12 hours ago
    With Vantage GT, Aston Martin races below $100,000

    Aston Martin is going downmarket, sort of. The 2015 Vantage GT, a sport-styled variant of Aston’s legendary flagship car, draws style and performance tips from their GT4 race cars, which will be running in North America this year. It’s also priced at $99,900, which shows that the market for these kinds of consumer sports cars has boomed in recent years.

  • ‘Huge’ Hindu, Buddhist statues against Islam, ex-judge says
    ‘Huge’ Hindu, Buddhist statues against Islam, ex-judge says

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 — The “huge” statues at a Hindu temple in Batu Caves and Buddhist temple in Penang are an affront to Islam as the religion forbids idolatry, a retired Court of Appeals judge...

  • StarHub 4G users to be charged from June as promo ends
    StarHub 4G users to be charged from June as promo ends

    Are you on the 4G or LTE mobile data network under StarHub? If so, you’ll have to start paying for the service.

  • Over 280 missing after South Korean ferry capsizes
    Over 280 missing after South Korean ferry capsizes

    By Narae Kim JINDO South Korea (Reuters) - More than 280 people, many of them students from the same high school, were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea on Wednesday, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years. It was not immediately clear why the Sewol ferry listed heavily on to its side and capsized in apparently calm conditions off South Korea's southwest coast, but some survivors spoke of a loud noise prior to the disaster.

Featured Blogs

  • Neal Pollack
    2015 Nissan Murano aims for the style-forward crowd

    Nissan says its 2015 Murano crossover, only the second major revamp of the car since it debuted in 2003, draws its design cues from the “age of future space flight.” That’s probably taking it a little far, but the new Murano, based off the 2013 Resonance concept vehicle, is an exceptionally lovely machine, all fluid, curved metal on the outside, and flowing, soft-touch materials on the inside. Certain kinds of comfort and charms that were unheard-of outside of premium vehicles five years ago …

  • Alex Lloyd
    Volkswagen brings new (ish) Jetta to New York along with Golf Sportwagen

    With its new President and CEO of America, Michael Horn, on stage in New York after just 100 days on the job, Volkswagen debuted its 2015 Jetta. You'd be forgiven for noticing little differences compared to the outgoing model, and in the words of Horn himself, the changes are indeed subtle. The most notable of those subtleties is the all-new 2.0 liter turbo diesel motor, offering 45 mpg highway and a modest increase of 10 hp. For VW, diesel is where it's at. …

  • Neal Pollack
    With Vantage GT, Aston Martin races below $100,000

    Aston Martin is going downmarket, sort of. The 2015 Vantage GT, a sport-styled variant of Aston’s legendary flagship car, draws style and performance tips from their GT4 race cars, which will be running in North America this year. It’s also priced at $99,900, which shows that the market for these kinds of consumer sports cars has boomed in recent years. …

  • Justin Hyde
    Ford plants a new Mustang on the Empire State Building in style

    Fifty years ago this week, Ford made history by staging the greatest car launch in history — building up the drama around its new Mustang with stunts like papering over dealership windows and landing on the covers of both Time and Newsweek magazine. To celebrate its anniversary, Ford re-created a stunt it last pulled off in 1965 — landing a new Mustang on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building. …

  • Alex Lloyd
    All-new 2015 Toyota Camry becomes an edgier appliance

    Toyota finds itself in a tricky situation. Those that enjoy cars as more than a simple means of transportation think of the Camry as a bland spongecake gone stale. And yet it's been the best-selling vehicle in the entire industry for the past 12 years, with a car rolling off the production line every 65 seconds. So how do you add flavor to your insipid dish without alienating your loyal -- and vast -- customer base? Enter the 2015 Camry: Toyota's attempt to engage enthusiasts while appeasing …