Updated: 01/27/2013 23:59

Punggol East by-election result should not be seen as a trend for the future, says WP chief Low



Punggol East by-election result should not be seen as a trend for the future, says WP chief Low

The Workers' Party's (WP) chief Low Thia Khiang says the result of the Punggol East by-election should not be seen as a trend for the future.

He said a by-election is different from a general election.

He believes that in the by-election, voters of Punggol East had no worries that they would "accidentally throw out the government".

He said the message is very clear - that the role of the WP is that of check and balance on the government.

Mr Low said the party has made it clear that it's not ready to be the next or alternative government, as it has limited resources and does not want to give Singaporeans false expectations.

He said the government is competent, but it needs to re-prioritise and address the issues related to costs of living.

He said even though policies have been reviewed, policy u-turns need time to take effect.

Mr Low said his party will play its role in checking on the government, but warned against politicising everything.

He said that as a rational and responsible party, the WP should work with the government to bring about change and improvements.

Mr Low, who spoke to reporters before a thank-you parade in Punggol East this morning, said while democracy is important for political vibrancy, it's not productive to politicise everything.

The party will have seven elected seats in Parliament, after its candidate, Lee Li Lian, won yesterday's by-election in the single-seat ward with 54.5 per cent of the vote share.

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