For the second night running, Workers’ Party (WP) chief Low Thia Khiang took aim at the ruling party over the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (APHETC) issue, claiming recent statements by People’s Action Party ministers were a means to distort facts.
In his Mandarin speech at the WP’s rally, Mr Low listed Senior Minister of State Lee Yi Shyan and Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean as among those who suggested that Hougang Town council was financially troubled before it was merged with a financially viable Aljunied Town Council.
He also took umbrage at Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam, who questioned last month whether voters wanted to help subsidise other town council losses.
“The PAP is using this chance to make personal attacks … to gain political capital,” said Mr Low. “There’s no factual basis for their attacks.”
Hougang Town Council was not facing any financial problems before the last General Election, but rather, it had a surplus of over S$80,000 then, he said. “The PAP leaders are trying to mislead voters … What kind of credibility are we still talking about?” charged Mr Low. In turn, he rubbished the PAP’s emphasis on party renewal at every election, saying that the ruling party is still “narrow-minded” when it comes to embracing those with opposing views: “I want to ask Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, is this quality of the PAP?”