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Lee Kuan Yew warns Aljunied residents against voting for WP

Posted by singaporege2011 on April 30, 2011

Using his trademark fear-mongering tactics again, PAP de facto leader Lee Kuan Yew sent an ominous warning to Aljunied residents not to vote for the opposition Workers’ Party due to its ‘limited’ track record.

The Workers Party is fielding its strongest team which includes Hougang MP Low Thia Kiang, NCMP Sylvia Lim and top corporate lawyer Chen Show Mao in Aljunied GRC against a PAP team led by Foreign Minister George Yeo.

Speaking to Tampines residents yesterday, Lee claimed that Aljunied residents will ‘regret’ if they vote for WP:

‘If they choose the opposition, then I say, good luck to them. They have five years to ruminate and to regret what they did. And I have no doubts they will regret it. At the end of the day, if you are in Aljunied, ask yourself: Do you want one MP, one Non-Constituency MP, one celebrity who has been away 30 years, and two unknowns to look after you?’

He also warned that property prices in Aljunied will drop if the opposition wins without substantiating his claims:

“Five years, they’re in charge of your property and your lives… finally you have to make a choice. If you like to try your luck, well good luck to youIf you have the wrong government, your property prices go right down. Ask why in Hougang the property prices are not as high as their neighbours.”

A quick check on propertyguru.com.sg however, revealed that there is little difference in selling prices of similiar-sized flats in both Hougang and Aljunied GRC.

Lee added that Aljunied voters will have to pay a price if the PAP loses:

‘It may well happen that they win, in which case the people of Aljunied live with the results. The only way people learn is when they have to pay a price. From time to time we may lose, and the voters pay the price.’

At 88 years of age, Lee is already the world’s oldest living minister and MP. His continued presence in the PAP makes a mockery of its ‘self-renewal’ process.

With the two opposition MPs contesting in GRCs, Singapore may end up with no elected opposition MPs in parliament for the first time since 1981. Though 9 NCMPs are guarantee to enter parliament as ‘best losers’ this time, they have limited voting rights and lack a constituency to build up their support base.

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2 Responses to “Lee Kuan Yew warns Aljunied residents against voting for WP”

  1. Adrian said

    The PAP and MM Lee cannot continue to live in past glories. Times have changed, people have changed. Gone is the era of our pioneers Mr Goh Keng Swee, Dr Toh Chin Chye, Mr Ong Pang Boon etc

    He asked “do you want one NCMP, one celebrity and 2 unknown to look after you?”
    The same question applies to the general who became an MP overnight and some unknown new PAP candidates. Why the difference??

    The prices of any property in any part of Singapore is determined by market demand. The flats in Potong Pasir commands very high prices. So why compare with Hougang. For that matter flats near MRT in Hougang also fetch good prices

    Times have changed. Such threats have become outdated.

  2. JonWee said

    You are entitled to your opinion. I’ll take the Workers’ Party anytime.

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