Workers’ Party rally at Hougang, 2015 [Picture credit: The Straits Times on FB]
This picture was shared on facebook and must have led to many jaws dropping across the island. Just how many people were at the Workers’ Party rally?! I did pop by after dinner, since this rally in Hougang is near my place, and a pal had told me to help him purchase a WP umbrella. LOL. And yes it is true. The turnout at the WP rally is incredible. I spotted people at the stairwells (every single level!) of the HDB blocks with a view of the stage!
The fiancé says we must have attended a similar rally in the past, but I don’t remember attending a WP rally. Perhaps it was not quite memorable, or it was a PAP rally. Oops.
(And if you’re curious, a WP umbrella costs S$12 and a WP flag S$2.)
It’s going to be a real test of the ruling party’s popularity this time, with every seat being contested. And while I wouldn’t mind attending a PAP rally, my friends tell me there’s no need to ‘cos it’ll all be covered in tomorrow’s newspapers. #truethat
I’ve also been told that drivers need to be very careful when attending WP rallies – make sure your vehicle isn’t parked illegally as parking attendants will be out in full force. (I really have no clue if this is true. So please don’t quote me on this point) Likewise, I’m told that it’s unlikely you’ll get a parking ticket for illegal parking if you’re attending a PAP rally. (This might be exaggerating things a little. But let me check with my pal who attended a PAP rally tonight.)
There are a lot of these rumors surrounding the General Elections. And some funny stories too. Apparently, someone from the PAP was canvassing for votes at a coffeeshop and the person went to shake the hand of a taxi driver who was dining there. He asked for the driver’s support in the coming polls. The taxi driver’s response was “Of course! I support you every day… except for one day.” The MP-wannabe was dumbfounded. 😀
I do think it’s necessary to attend the rallies of the opposition parties, though, as they don’t seem to get the same amount of airtime that the PAP gets. When Lawrence Wong went on the offensive against Dr Chee Soon Juan yesterday evening, the latter didn’t have a ‘comrade’ from the same party beside him, though the minister did. Opposition members were also given less time to voice their opinions.
At tonight’s WP rally, the Workers’ Party had the opportunity to clear the air and put forth their side of the story with regard to the AHPETC issue that the ruling party and the MND keep harping on. Sylvia Lim explained that (1) Open tenders had been called, (2) Managing agents’ profitability was not examined, and cannot be expected to be examined, (3) Cheques were countersigned by herself, Png Eng Huat or Pritam Singh, (4) There’s a surplus and not a deficit after factoring in MND grants. I hope that’s the last we’ll hear about mismanagement of town councils from now on. 😛
Did you attend a rally tonight? 🙂 If you didn’t, check out one of the upcoming rallies. It’s quite an experience. Rallies of this scale happen less often than NDP, so go ahead and demonstrate that Singaporean trait of being kaypoh and hear what the politicians have to say about our nation’s future! 🙂