A Summary of WP Speeches Last Night (for the lazy asses, almost like Cliffs Notes)

Here you go, a brutal cut of WP rally speeches last night, when it rained. A spread of topics, from local to national, to addressing criticisms of party dynamics, to meet the various expectations of various audience in Singapore and Hougang.

 

Similar themes as Saturday’s gig – vote for WP to preserve Hougang as a SMC and opposition ward, the last of its kind since the fall of Anson and Potong Pasir. Literally “preserve” as no PAP upgrading for Hougang if it remained in WP hands. Some policies were weakly mentioned – singles buying HDB and the adjustment of foreign workers by industry. So idiot xenophobes out there, the WP is not for you as WP is also sensible enough to know that certain sectors depend on foreign workers. Personally, the speeches which touched on national issues interested me more as I’m not a Hougang voter. WP has a difficult job of pitching the right message to the right audience in a rally setting, so no big deal.

 

Did WP give a better performance? IMHO still the same, although the rain helped. The downpour gave a dramatic flourish to the rally – they stayed on to rally, and people stayed on to be rallied and be drenched. The problem was that the curious, cynics and fence-sitters were the ones who left when the rain started, and there were many. And they would be the ones who would make the difference to whether Desmond can score better than last year. Hence, at that point onwards despite the awesome display of camaradarie of those left on the field, WP was preaching to the choir, the diehard WP fans (plus the smattering of media, plainclothes policemen, and PAP cadres!)

 

 

22 May 2012 Hougang By-election Rally speech by Sylvia Lim

So Hougang voters, I think you know which party has your welfare at heart. Is it the PAP, who for the last 20 years was quite happy to let Hougang residents suffer? Which party really cares for Hougang? You know the answer.

 

22 May 2012 Hougang By-election Rally speech by Glenda Han

Right now, singles are only allowed to purchase flats from the resale market, subjecting them to the same criteria for PR households in Singapore. Not only are singles relying on their sole income, they also have to cope with surging prices of flats in the resale market. Besides that, they also usually have the responsibility of taking care of their aged parents. This outdated rule needs to be reviewed and revised. Should Singaporean singles be penalized just because they have not found a marriage partner?

 

22 May 2012 Hougang By-election Rally speech by Pritam Singh

And I would like the DPM Teo to look into his heart of hearts and ask himself why the PAP punished the residents of Hougang, young and old, his fellow Singaporeans, NSmen of Hougang and tax-paying residents of Hougang for 21 years by putting them at the back of the queue for programs like lift upgrading? What crime did the residents of Hougang commit? I am sure DPM Teo knows that in the PAP’s eyes, the crime they committed was that they exercised their democratic right to vote – and the PAP punished everyone in Hougang for it, including their own PAP supporters

 

Png Eng Huat’s speech at second WP Election Rally for Hougang By-election

The Workers’ Party has been in Hougang for the past 21 years. We have served the community to the best of our ability despite the obstacles we faced. We have upgraded some lifts without asking the residents to pay until the HDB stopped us. We have built some covered walkways using our own funds and we will do more.

 

22 May 2012 Hougang By-election Rally speech by Chen Show Mao

Singapore should reduce its over-reliance on foreign workers through increased automation and productivity improvements of our local workforce.” …

“The inflow of the foreign workforce at all skill levels should be CALIBRATED for EACH INDUSTRY, taking into account the suitability of Singaporeans for those industries, productivity targets and sustainability.

 

SG’s Explanation on the sidetracking issue of NCMP – 22 May 2012 Hougang By-election Rally

But this is a weak attempt at discrediting the Workers’ Party. In fact, I would invite all of you to take a look at the minutes. It shows that the Workers’ Party functions in a fair and transparent manner, where decisions are made collectively. In addition, it also dispels rumours that the CEC is made up of all yes-man and women, or even fully controlled by Low Thia Khiang!

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