SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said that he is disappointed that PAP’s candidate Desmond Choo did not win the Hougang by—election.
But Mr Lee, in a statement, said he is encouraged that the PAP obtained 37.91% of the vote this time.
Mr Lee, who is the PAP’s Secretary—General, noted that this improves on the party’s results in the constituency in two previous general elections.
In 2006, the PAP candidate received 37.3% of the vote in Hougang and in 2011, 35.2% of the vote.
Mr Lee said many Hougang voters were impressed by Mr Choo’s sincerity, compassion and commitment, and attracted by the PAP’s message of change and hope.
But unfortunately there were not quite enough of them for Mr Choo to win.
Mr Lee said he has spoken to Mr Choo, to thank him and his team for their hard work, and to commend them for fighting a vigorous and effective campaign.
Mr Lee said Mr Choo is naturally disappointed by the outcome but is in good heart.
"He is keen to continue serving in Hougang, and to contribute in any role that he can be useful," said Mr Lee.
Mr Lee congratulated the Workers’ Party and Mr Png Eng Huat for winning the by—election, and he looks forward to Mr Png’s contributions in Parliament.
Mr Lee said that he respects the choice of Hougang voters.
Mr Lee added that the PAP will continue to be present in Hougang, and that he is confident that the party will win back the constituency in a future election.
Mr Lee said that at the national level, the party set a new direction last year.
And since the General Election in May 2011, the PAP government has done its best to address important national issues like housing and transportation, immigration and population, economic upgrading and workers’ incomes.
The Prime Minister noted that progress has been made, but there is much more to be done.
Mr Lee said now that the Hougang by—election is over, "we should refocus on these longer term issues, and work together as one people to achieve the best for Singapore."
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