PAP candidate Dr Koh Poh Koon can contribute nationally: PM Lee
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says the People's Action Party's candidate for the Punggol East by-election Dr Koh Poh Koon can make a contribution not just in the ward but nationally.
Mr Lee says when Dr Koh is ready and judged ready, he will be appointing him to a suitable political office.
PM Lee said this in response to reporters' questions on whether Dr Koh is being primed for a bigger role, following a walkabout at Rivervale Plaza early this morning.
Mr Lee, however, said Dr Koh's first priority is to fight and win the by-election as well as the trust of the residents and to be a good Member of Parliament in Punggol East.
Calling Dr Koh a man with a sense of social responsibility, Mr Lee added he's quite confident that Dr Koh will make a good MP, as he thinks he has the character, the conviction and the commitment.
Mr Lee also spoke about his visit to Rivervale Plaza, where upgrading works have been plagued by a series of delays since the contractor went bust.
He met stall owners and residents, and highlighted visible problems such as clutter and exposed ceilings.
Mr Lee said he can understand the residents being impatient, aggravated and irritated by the inconvenience daily.
He added that a new contractor has been hired and work will be completed by the middle of this year.
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