The Hougang by-election is not just Png versus Choo, it about the …

The Hougang by-election is not just Png versus Choo, it about the …

The Hougang by-election is not just Png versus Choo, it about the ...

The Hougang by-election is not just Png versus Choo, it about the …

As we head towards Cooling Off day, let us set aside the rhetoric of the last days of the campaign, and examine the issues from a national perspective.

Hougang The by-election is not just a local election between Mr Png Eng Huat WP and Mr Desmond Choo of the PAP. If Singapore were a truly plural, multi-party democracy, it would be. But Singapore is not.

The PAP is still control over 90% of the seats in parliament despite the fact that only won 60.1% of the votes in the last general elections. The Elections Department under the direct jurisdiction of the Office of the Prime Minister. GRC boundaries are subject to gerrymandering, Opposition Divisions and the last in line for flat and lift upgrading. The mainstream media is still guilty of biased reporting, and even gutter journalism.

The People’s Association, Resident committees, and other supposedly neutral base bodies are made to the PAP’s political interests to serve, discriminate against whereas the MPs of the opposition by not making them the basis to attend events, or monopolize the use of common areas and function halls. MPs of the opposition supporters are not even allowed their own advisors voters – that role is instead filled by the losing PAP MP, under the appointment and blessings of the People’s Association.

The Hougang by-election is not just Png versus Choo, it about the …

With such a lopsided political climate, no election is always a local election. Every election is about the PAP compared to the opposition, the policy of the government relative to the alternatives by the opponents, the strong arm tactics of the PAP in relation to the ideas of liberty and freedom by the opposition.

The good people of Hougang are not required to by-election into a referendum on the performance PAP since the 2011 general elections. But they will anyway. In the past two decades, they have braved discrimination by the PAP that their taxpayer dollars seized, while denying such infrastructure modernization.