The MSM’s recent coverage of the Hougang by-election shows that this move toward fairer coverage of political issues and elections has been reversed. It seems that the clock has turned back to pre-GE2011.
The by-election had started on a promising note, with both candidates promising a “gentlemanly” contest. However, as the campaign progressed, we heard little about local issues but more about the questionable character of Png Eng Huat. For a technical error, through no fault of his own, he was accused of dishonesty and having a lack of integrity.
Mr Low Thia Khiang delivers a surprisingly hard-hitting post-election press conference, in which he hits out at the government for denying Hougang residents estate upgrading for the past 21 years, contrary to PM Lee’s assertion that his government aims to build an inclusive society. He said that we should build a first world society, not… Continue reading
There is a lot of work cut out for Mr Png Eng Huat. He has won his seat amidst a political climate that has become more polarized that ever. He must now unite his constituents and work hard to look after their needs
Under such a lop-sided political climate, no election is ever a local election. Every election is about the PAP versus the opposition, the policies of the government versus the alternatives proposed by the dissenting voices, about the strong-arm tactics of the PAP versus the ideas of liberty and freedom offered by the opposition.
That Mr Desmond Choo has attempted to distance himself, however figuratively and unsuccessfully, from the collective PAP leadership, speaks volumes about the level of trust Hougang voters have in the PAP and about Mr Choo’s confidence in his own party branding.
In the first couple of days of the campaign, both sides focussed on issues that concerned the people. But as to be expected, straight out of the classic PAP playbook, the dirty punches were thrown at the opposition and there is no more mention of national or local issues on the part of the PAP as polling day draws near.
WP Sec-Gen Low Thia Khiang addresses the NCMP issue.
WP candidate for Hougang Mr Png Eng Huat did in fact go through the internal balloting process for the NCMP post offered to the party’s East Coast team last May after the general elections, but he did not receive enough votes to be selected.