SINGAPORE: Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen said voters of Punggol East have decided that the Workers’ Party (WP) is the better party to serve them.
Dr Ng, who is also a Member of Parliament (MP) of Bishan—Toa Payoh GRC, described this as democracy.
He pointed out that voters in his GRC decided in previous elections that the People’s Action Party (PAP) is the better party to serve them.
Dr Ng said he and fellow Bishan—Toa Payoh MPs take this very seriously and will continue to serve residents.
He said this in response to questions from reporters on the win by WP’s Lee Li Lian in the Punggol East by—election on January 26.
Ms Lee won 54.5 per cent of the valid votes while the PAP’s Dr Koh Poh Koon had 43.7 per cent.
Dr Ng, who was speaking before a community event on Sunday morning said while by—elections tended to see "big swings", the lesson for him and his fellow MPs is very clear — that voters decide who is better in serving them.
And once they have decided, their faith is entrusted in the party and they have to work very hard to serve the residents.
Responding to questions on whether the by—election outcome is a report card of the PAP’s performance, Dr Ng said this is a by—election in just one constituency.
He said it should not make a difference — whether or not it’s a report card, as MPs must continue to work hard to serve residents.
Asked about the point made by WP chief Low Thia Khiang that a stronger opposition presence in Parliament would make the government work harder, Dr Ng said: "I’ve been an MP here for nearly 11 years and I must honestly say that that never crossed my mind. We serve here week in, week out, because you know the residents in Bishan—Toa Payoh, entrusted us and really it’s they who are our prime motivators to make sure that their lives are better."
He added that voters of Bishan—Toa Payoh are the prime motivators to ensure that MPs help make their lives better.
Dr Ng also congratulated Ms Lee on her win.
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