WP by-election rally on Saturday 19 January
19 January 2013
The Worker’s Party’s first rally held on Saturday evening highlighted clearly its two-pronged strategy: national as well as local politics.
A total of 13 speakers took turns to speak about issues like the escalating cost of living, frequent disruptions to public transport, and healthcare issues.
Speakers also reminded the audience how the government has been compelled to tweak certain policies, for example, slowing foreign worker inflows, after GE 2011 when the ruling party lost seats to WP.
WP Sec-Gen Mr Low Thia Khiang assured voters that the party candidate, Ms Lee Li Lian, would do a good job running the town council, citing the WP’s experiences in managing estates since he won the Hougang ward in 1991.
Mr Low also urged voters not to let the PAP take them for granted. “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,” Low said.
“How did Rivervale Plaza, the only marketplace in this town, have delay in renovation works?”
“Have any real efforts been made since two years ago here?”
WP chairman Ms 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 very enthusiastically.
WP MPs also took to the stage to praise Ms Lee as a people-person and an energetic, tireless worker.
Ms Lee Li Lian took the stage near the end of the rally and assured the crowd: “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.”
“I’m running for this (by-election) because I want a better Singapore, not only for us but also for our children,” Ms Lee added.