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WP ramps up Tampines walkabouts ahead of GE; Low Thia Khiang joins the campaign

After ex-PAP Tampines MP Cheng Lihui’s 2023 affair scandal, Workers’ Party increases walkabouts in Tampines GRC ahead of GE. Speculation arises whether WP veteran Mr Low Thia Khiang, embraced by grassroots, will return to politics by contesting in the GRC.

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SINGAPORE: Workers’ Party, Singapore’s alternative political entity, has been actively engaging residents of the Tampines group representation constituency (GRC) through outreach efforts.

In a Facebook post on Monday (22 April), the WP shared a series of photos, depicting the party’s outreach to the Tampines resident on Sunday, along with the party’s top leaders, members and volunteers.

The visit included notable figures such as Leader of the Opposition Pritam Singh, Sylvia Lim, WP MPs for Aljunied GRC Gerald Giam and Muhamad Faisal bin Abdul Manap, Assoc Prof Jamus Lim, and the MP for Sengkang GRC

Notably, the former WP Chief and ex-MP for Aljunied GRC, Mr. Low Thia Khiang, received a warm reception from Tampines residents during the visit.

WP members can be seen actively engaging with the community by selling the Hammer newsletter at the Tampines Round Market and Food Centre, as well as Block 478 on Tampines Street 44, along with other locations. This proactive approach underscores their commitment to connecting with people on the ground.

WP has dedicated significant efforts to outreach across diverse areas within Tampines over the past few years.

Notably, WP volunteers have been intensifying their active engagement with residents across the constituency for some time now.

Is Low Thia Khiang making a return to politics?

In the 2020 Singapore General Election, veteran WP member Mr Low, along with the former MP for Hougang GRC Png Eng Huat, chose not to contest.

Despite stepping down from their political roles, they remain actively supportive of their party. Mr Low currently serving as Committee Members in WP’s Central Executive Committee.

There’s speculation and anticipation regarding Low’s potential return, fueled by his enduring grassroots popularity.

Some ponder whether he will lead a team to challenge another People’s Action Party (PAP) stronghold in the upcoming election, reminiscent of his strategic move in 2011 when he chose not to contest in Hougang SMC but instead contested in Aljunied GRC, leading the party to a historic breakthrough by securing the first GRC from PAP.

During the 2020 General Election, Tampines GRC saw a contest between the PAP and the National Solidarity Party (NSP), which has been contesting in the ward since 2011.

Under the leadership of Minister for Social and Family Development Masagos Zulkifli, the five-member PAP team retained the ward for the party with a convincing 66.41% victory, a drop of 5.65% from the previous election.

Masagos Zulkifli’s team consisted of Senior Minister of State Koh Poh Koon, Senior Parliamentary Secretary Baey Yam Keng, Mayor Desmond Choo, and then-PAP MP Cheng Li Hui.

Having secured 66.41 per cent of the votes, the PAP team achieved the status of the fifth-best performing GRC, following the successes of PM Lee and SM Tharman’s respective GRCs.

Before this election, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat had served as the anchor minister for Tampines GRC for a decade.

However, in GE2020, Heng surprised many by shifting to East Coast GRC, leading his team to victory there, albeit with a narrow margin of 53.39% against the WP team, a 7.34% drop from GE2015.

Potential for alternative parties to challenge PAP strongholds

Speculation suggests that in the aftermath of an extramarital affair scandal involving former Parliamentary Speaker Tan Chuan-Jin and former Tampines MP Cheng Li Hui, the former Transport Minister S Iswaran corruption charges and the Ridout Road controversy involving Ministers K Shanmugam and Vivian Balakrishnan, alternative parties might have an increased likelihood of challenging PAP strongholds.

Of notable importance is the prevailing group sentiment regarding concerns about the cost of living, inflation, housing, and job insecurity, which significantly influences the ground-level support for the ruling party.

In a recent interview with Rice Media, ex-PAP MP Inderjit Singh warned that the Workers’ Party, with strong candidates, could pose a significant challenge to the PAP’s electoral success.

Last Monday (15 April), Singapore’s Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) officially announced PM Lee Hsien Loong’s decision to step down, with DPM Wong slated to succeed him on 15 May 2024.

Mr Wong is expected to lead the ruling PAP into the upcoming elections slated for November 2025.

As speculation about the timing of the next GE grows, sources suggest it might be strategically held in September, potentially aligning with cash handouts from Budget 2024 and before major elections in the United States and the United Kingdom in November.

In response to the PAP’s dominant 2/3 majority in Parliament, Singapore’s political landscape has witnessed increased manoeuvring,  intensifying grassroots outreach efforts, and witnessing alternative parties forming political alliances — both formal and informal — to contest in the upcoming GE.

Earlier, WP Chief Pritam Singh reiterated the party’s medium-term objective of securing at least one-third of Parliament not under the control of the PAP. He emphasized that a more balanced political landscape resonates with Singapore’s core interests.

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they already got 70% cotton and pineapple votes. tsk tsk tsk .WP ! jia yu

Unlikely to make a come back as the three of them already targeted to be out of politics before the next election by making them responsible for the offense they would not have committed if not for a simple ploy that the opponent has intentionally set up for them. So they died a ‘lawfully’ death from stage performance. So sad to see the state resorting to underhand tactics making them helplessness in dealing with law suits.

$1000 salary can afford HDB .tsk tsk tsk

VTO!

The WP should have a simple and concise message.

Who truly benefits from the ruling government’s policies? Are people on the ground reaping the rewards?

Long waits for appointments at hospitals. Chronic shortage of hospital beds. Constant unnecessary construction leading to detours and delays. A Strong Singapore dollar, yet rising prices for food and other necessities, majority of which are imported. Rising cost of public transport but minimal improvement in service and frequency. Slow rollout of wireless infrastructure at new public housing projects.

Yes, you can talk about the corruption charges too if you feel brave enough.

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🤢 Disgusting.
Cowards.
2 suitable words to describe and condemn the PAP.
Worst was utilised own friendly judge to let the PAP pass without bringing charges against them for criminal offence commuted during GE.
This is the CROCKED PAP.

LTK back in the picture. If he gets elected into parliament, he’ll raise so much hell in there the MIW will dread having to answer him. I guess that’s a good thing.

LTK should step out in view of of the weakening due to scandals, lies and resignation. Tahan for 1 or 2 terms whilst wp should build the strength with good quality succession. Hope that you got new blood in the pipelines and screen thoroughly for the good ones and not those can get your party into trouble and not serious type. Having said that, party head should lead by example with good integrity and values.

LTK ! WP! LTK ! WP! huart arh !!! LOL

The Phoenix rises.
Return of the Jedi.

This is such warm news to the heart. I am truly having a nice day with all 😊 smiles. Thank You WP. Keep it going for us Singaporeans.

Tampines voters,
Do not forget how PAP had taken you for granted during GE2020.
They switch DPM Heng SK out of Tampines to contest at East Coast GRC then, while he was still the 4G designated leader.
Why?
Because they think that they already had you in their pocket.

They care more for their election strategy than your presumed loyalty to them!

Be wise, open your eyes!

Fucking co-driver Low still want to come back as part time co- driver job?
Main driver going to hand over liao to prodigy …no need you lah, Low.
Your gang are all red necks and admitted still got no balls or ability to take over as the gov.
Go home to sleep lah!😆😆😆🤣🤣🤣

It would be wonderful if Lowi Thia Kiang stands for elections… I will vote for him.
WP! WP! WP!…

LTK is only 67 years old. He is good for 2 stints as MP in parliament. I don’t see many good opposition candidates around and it would be a pity if he continues to stay out of elections. LTK can lead a GRC team. The one potential WP candidate is Harpreet Singh. I hope his name will be on the slate; he being a Senior Counsel is definitely a plus. We lost Nicole Seah who would probably have been a shoo-in but HS is a good “replacement” LTK need not take up the secretary general post in the WP. PS… Read more »

LTK is a veteran politician and a Good One. Coming back to take on this regime is a wise choice with the sinking policies that affected so many lives.

Mr LTK should come back…
Hes 👍…his input would be v valuable.

It shouldn’t be, … on account of, just the marital affairs, alleged corruption charges or “proven” unbiased black and white bungalows tenancies, that this regime should be judged upon !!!

C’mon, for goodness’ sake, … take a long hard look at all that’s going on, in regards to the costs of living, job prospects, costs of hdb leaseholds, costs of having a family, costs of utilities, ……………

It’s time, … to wake up people, it really is, unless you’re one of the many, who are still entrusting to this regime, to steer and shape your future and lives !!!

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