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Veteran MP Charles Chong (from Joo Chiat) was just on Thursday Chong has been holding Meet-the-People Sessions at Punggol East. Sengkang is a planning area and residential town located in the North-East Region of Singapore. Sengkang shares boundaries with Seletar and Punggol in the north, Pasir Ris and Paya Lebar in the east, Hougang and Serangoon to the south, as well as Yishun and Ang Mo Kio to the west. .. Land provision has also been made for a junior college in the town to meet. MPS is defined as Meet the People Session somewhat frequently. of Parliament (MP) Charles Chong held his first Meet-the-People Session in Punggol East MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC Adviser to Jalan Kayu GROs Meet-The- People Session.
Mr Ong turned to the branch secretary he had worked with when he ran unsuccessfully in Kaki Bukit in He readily said yes," says Mr Ong. They then put together an executive committee for the branch and recruited volunteers, including those already serving in Gambas. Then I gathered friends, friends of friends. Together, we have a good base of hard-working volunteers," says Mr Ong.
Mr Wong is also grateful for the many volunteers who joined his branch. Others are new volunteers who came forward after the election," he says. All of these had to be done while coping with the traditional post-election surge in MPS cases.
PAP Aljunied's 'No-hopers' fired up for next fight
This is because cases build up during the two weeks or so that the sessions are suspended during the campaign period. Some residents also want to meet their new MP. In Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, which absorbed 7, more voters under the boundary changes, the wards of the three political freshmen were redrawn and renamed. Newsletters have been mailed to residents to let them know which MP they can approach.
There's no magic bullet. Time will tell but, for now, the party is making the most of its mandate. The team dubbed the "suicide squad" remains intact - and hard at work for an election five years down the road, despite not wresting the GRC from the Workers' Party. Since the Sept 11 General Election, the five-member team and their activists have been on the ground almost every day, making house visits, celebrating festivals, distributing close to 10, N95 masks to residents, and working on community projects like tuition for Primary 6 pupils.
We do not simply appear for elections or 'champion politics'," says candidate Victor Lyea director of an insurance firm. He is in it for the long haul, having served in Bedok Reservoir-Punggol ward for the last 16 years. But we are used to it," he says. In the end, not only did they improve the PAP's performance in Aljunied by about 4 percentage points, but they had also forced a recount.
Mr Low and his colleagues narrowly held on to their seats with Mr Lye is buoyed by the turn of events, but adds that they would be on the wrong path if they made decisions based on whether residents like them.
He points to the ongoing town council saga - the Auditor-General found major accounting and governance lapses in the WP's processes - as a factor that affected residents' trust and perception of the opposition's capability: Even the opposition must be held to the same standards of honesty and capability that people expect of the PAP.
With the autonomy comes the personal responsibility to raise funds and garner resources," says Mr Pillai, who chairs the PAP Paya Lebar branch. In the months and years ahead, the PAP team hope to deliver on the promises they made before and during the election. These include better access for young couples seeking childcare options and providing enrichment and mentorship opportunities that go beyond basic education taught in schools.
They'd like us to continue our work in Aljunied, and we will continue to serve them to the best of our ability. Residents will wave at us and also acknowledge us when we greet them. Nevertheless, political observer and former Nominated MP Zulkifli Baharudin says Singapore can expect political parties serious about winning a GRC to be engaging constituents consistently. If these guys stay, they'll have my vote. It showed that they connected with residents," he says.
It was needed, as the ground was difficult post-GE Unfortunately not all of them had a long runway. Shamsul had only three weeks. They have begun planning programmes for residents, to meet the needs of residents in the respective divisions. These cover the disadvantaged, the ageing residents, the youth," he adds.
It is not that the party does not want to move on, but rather that its performance at the ballot box appears to have dealt a blow to its confidence about how to proceed. As a volunteer said right after the party's weaker-than-expected poll showing: But in the end the WP gained no ground and even narrowly lost Punggol East single-member constituency, which it won in a by-election in But while the WP is in soul-searching mode, it is making an effort to look forward.
In the month since that Sept 11 blow, it has trained new volunteers, held a youth wing election, co-opted three new faces into its top decision-making body, and started walking the ground again. Still, the burning question is, Why the spurning? Activists say that, so far, the reasons thrown up from the ad-hoc conversations include the SG50 effect, the death of founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, and the change in government policies over the last four years.
Former Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Yee Jenn Jong also said on a Facebook post that the one noticeable difference during campaigning was that voters were less angry compared to But one thing missing in discussions is what part was played by the party's handling of town council finances. Following the results, the WP had publicly maintained that it had little impact on voters' choice.
Party chairman Sylvia Lim, who was also chairman of AHPETC, has said that progress has been made and most of the remaining disclaimers were due to information gaps when the Aljunied Town Council was handed over. But party insiders are worried that many voters do not have the time for such details and have little patience for lengthy explanations.
Meanwhile, the party has been busy working to close its Punggol East town council office, and plans to redeploy its staff to the other offices under AHTC. It has 90 days from the election to hand over the management of Punggol East to the PAP, and has hired external auditors to work on separating the accounts of the constituency.
A week after the election, the MPs' weekly meet-the-people sessions had resumed. During the Mid-Autumn Festival last month, the party's town council had also organised parties for residents.
Sources say that support from residents living in private property fell across the board in all constituencies contested by the WP. This was in stark contrast to the General Election, when those living in condominiums and landed homes gave strong backing to the party.
For instance, the WP lost in the Joo Chiat single seat by just votes in Likewise, voters living in larger four-room and five-room Housing Board flats also swung against the WP, signalling that the party may have lost ground with these middle-class voters in general.
In estates comprising mostly smaller flats, the party did not gain or lose ground, compared to Some party members lament that they have misread sentiment and vastly overestimated support. This has shaken confidence in the party's ability to read the ground.
Although it has not launched an official fact-finding exercise, party members and volunteers have fanned out on their own to speak to residents. Both were part of its ill-fated East Coast slate that party leaders had hailed as containing its future leaders. But the team got only He is said to have impressed party leaders with his organisation skills, having guided a team of election rookies in Nee Soon despite being a new face himself.
He is also seen as someone with strong grassroots links and is comfortable interacting with residents from all walks of life. Observers say the party is hoping the trio will project a mix of youth, policy know-how, and minority representation. It is also, perhaps, trying to send a signal about the importance of party discipline, insiders say.
They point to how its Marine Parade team was also made up of highly-qualified candidates - including crowd favourite, legal counsel He Ting Ru, 32 - none of whom were brought into the CEC. The team was apparently plagued by simmering discord among memberswhich displeased party leaders, who have always prized tight discipline and frowned upon power play.
Meanwhile, the party has also put sociology professor Daniel Goh, 42, in charge of its media team, one of several changes to membership of its CEC sub-committees. That the outspoken academic was picked signals that the party could be moving away from its old, reticent approach of dealing with the press and publicity.
It has also started recruiting more aggressively, with individual candidates roping in volunteers online, and the party setting up a volunteer network Facebook page giving updates. With the co-opting done, and two of the party's next-generation leaders - Mr Tan and Mr Perera - in Parliament via the Non-Constituency MP scheme, the party's renewal plans appear to be on track.
The next challenge may well be yet another election - an internal one. Party cadres will elect a new CEC every two years and the next Organising Members' Conference is due in the middle of next year.
While there was post-election talk of possible challenges against Mr Low and Ms Lim, the recent moves in the party show that they still hold considerable sway, say sources close to the party.
Additional reporting by Tham Yuen-C Might the other opposition parties merge? But, shortly after, their party chiefs met to discuss possible consolidation among the opposition, which has become more fragmented with the founding of new parties in recent years. The four biggest losers are: They were among seven opposition parties which made this the first fully-contested election since independence.
On the agenda of the informal meeting, called within a week of the Sept 11 General Election: NSP president Sebastian Teo also says that as discussions are at an early stage, it is too premature to discuss possible outcomes.
A lot of the leaders are not young already The WP and SDP were the second- and third-best performers at the polls after the ruling People's Action Party, which romped home with a popular vote of For the time being, however, the opposition parties appear to mostly be going at it alone, as they work out internal plans to move forward.
The SDP had placed high hopes on Dr Chee's comeback, hoping that it would reap huge dividends for the party. He was contesting his first election in 14 years after his bankruptcy discharge. Instead, the SDP saw its vote share dip from Since then, talk has started among political watchers about whether he is the best man to lead the party, given the historical baggage.
He no longer practises the brand of adversarial politics that got him sued for defamation - at a rally he had even pledged to find common ground and work with the PAP. But some say it is hard to change perceptions of the man.
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Political scientist Derek da Cunha has often suggested that the party will be better off without Dr Chee at the helm. He has been reported as saying that the change in behaviour "does not airbrush out his Dr Chee's party members dismiss such talk.
He has taken the lead to engage supporters online and organise a post-GE dialogue. These include better access for young couples seeking childcare options and providing enrichment and mentorship opportunities that go beyond basic education taught in schools.
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They'd like us to continue our work in Aljunied, and we will continue to serve them to the best of our ability.
Residents will wave at us and also acknowledge us when we greet them. Nevertheless, political observer and former Nominated MP Zulkifli Baharudin says Singapore can expect political parties serious about winning a GRC to be engaging constituents consistently.
If these guys stay, they'll have my vote. It showed that they connected with residents," he says. It was needed, as the ground was difficult post-GE Unfortunately not all of them had a long runway. Shamsul had only three weeks.PM Lee interacting with people at Ang Mo Kio MRT station (Part 1)
They have begun planning programmes for residents, to meet the needs of residents in the respective divisions. These cover the disadvantaged, the ageing residents, the youth," he adds.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 11,with the headline 'PAP Aljunied's 'No-hopers' fired up for next fight'.