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Updated: 05/13/2012 05:14 | By Channel NewsAsia

I’ll be an independent voice, says Desmond Choo

I’ll be an independent voice, says Desmond Choo


I’ll be an independent voice, says Desmond Choo

SINGAPORE: PAP candidate for the Hougang by—election, Desmond Choo, said that as an MP he will be an independent voice.

He said: "As long as policies are in line with long—term benefit of residents and Singaporeans, I can definitely agree with that. But if there are areas where the government can do better, then let’s speak up for this. Let’s make sure we lobby hard for it."

He cited the demolishment of a market in the constituency as an example.

"MND may have development plans, I agree they should plan for the long—term. But now I see there’s a gap. I’m not afraid to speak up on these issues," said Mr Choo.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a community event, Mr Choo said that if he was voted the MP for Hougang, he could do a lot more for residents.

He said: "As best as I try to serve them, there’s still a limit. If there’s a policy I disagree with, of course I can reflect that to the agencies, through formal channels. I can also talk to the media like yourselves but nothing beats going up to Parliament, championing and advocating their rights."

He also stressed that he is committed to serving Hougang residents for the long—term.

—CNA/ac

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