20 January 2013 06:58
PHOTOS: WP's first rally at Punggol East by-election

PHOTOS: WP's first rally for Punggol East by-election

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TEXT: Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: The Workers’ Party has urged Punggol East residents to use their votes as a signal for the government to continue listening to the ground.

Its first rally on Saturday night saw 13 speakers taking to the stage, including party leaders and MPs.

Several MPs urged voters to use what they termed as "the power of the vote".

They cited several policy reviews by the government, such as in the areas of transport and housing that were introduced after the last General Election.

Party members said if Punggol East residents wanted the government to continue with its reforms, then they should choose the Workers’ Party’s candidate Lee Li Lian.

Party Secretary—General Low Thia Khiang said it is in the interest of Singapore to have a reasonable and credible opposition party to keep the government on its toes.

He said: "It is time you ask yourself, whether 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?

"Elections are the best way to safeguard your rights and interest and to make the government works for you... After the last elections, the PAP has obviously worked harder, let us make sure that after this by—election, at the next General Election, they will work as if their lives depended on you!"

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