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Updated: 01/27/2013 18:23 | By Channel NewsAsia

PAP’s Koh reflects on by—election outcome

PAP’s Koh reflects on by—election outcome


PAP’s Koh reflects on by—election outcome

SINGAPORE: The People’s Action Party’s (PAP) candidate in the Punggol East by—election, Dr Koh Poh Koon, said it is important to have a good strong team and to continue to be sincere with residents.

He cited these as the key takeaways from his by—election bid.

Dr Koh, who spoke to reporters before setting off to thank residents on Sunday morning, said his vote share of 43.7 per cent "wasn’t too bad".

"I would say that for a rookie, having been on the ground for two weeks, it wasn’t too bad. I wish her (Member of Parliament—elect for Punggol East Ms Lee Li Lian) the best. I think residents have made their choice and it’s an opportunity for her to show what she can do for the residents," he said.

Having spent nine intense days walking the ground, Dr Koh said he’s naturally disappointed he may not be able to carry out some of the plans he had outlined during his campaign. But he said he respects the voters’ decision and hopes their new MP can serve them well.

"I’m grateful for the opportunity to connect with the residents and I can see that there’re still quite a number of residents who are waving back and supportive. I felt encouraged," Dr Koh said.

As for his immediate plans, he said he’ll work closely with activists and volunteers to see how they can continue serving residents.

When asked if he will be back in the next General Election due in 2016, Dr Koh remained tight—lipped on what he has in mind for the long term.

"It’s premature to say that right now. We’re just trying to consolidate what we have and also to make sure that our activists and volunteers have a clear direction on what to do."

With the hustings behind him, Dr Koh and his team will analyse the results of his first election outing and then see what the Prime Minister has in mind for the constituency and for him before he decides on his next move.

After touring the estate on an open—top double decker, Dr Koh told reporters he felt encouraged by residents’ response to him. Many had waved back at him, with some even shouting words of encouragement like ’jia you’ (fight on in Mandarin).

— CNA/fa/ck

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