Sunday, 01 Apr 2012
Writer Suresh Nair catches up with Mr Desmond Choo, Adviser to the Grassroots organisation in Hougang, to find out what has been going on now that the constituency is without an MP. In an hour-long interview, he spoke on a wide range of subjects, including his reason for supporting Premier League club Everton.
1. What has been your experience in Hougang post-Yaw Shin Leong? Do you see a visible change in the residents' approach towards you?
I never really look at things, pre and post-elections. My approach is that if you need assistance, you will get it. It has not always been easy for us in Hougang. But we are increasingly getting more positive feedback from residents. At the same time, we do get people coming to say this is not the right way to run the place. You've to be accountable to the people. They want transparency and accountability.
The following is an excerpt from an article in the July/August 2011 issue of Petir magazine:
The 2011 General Election saw many firsts. One, announced 18 months ago, was the introduction of Cooling-off Day, a day when there can be no canvassing for votes in any form by candidates or their parties, to give voters time to reflect on issues raised. Perhaps the most major development was the opening up of new media space for campaigning...
The People's Action Party held over 20 political rallies in the run-up to the General Election 2011.
The PAP was returned to power with 60.14 per cent of the eligible votes.
Here are some of the highlights from the various rallies, which took place between April 28 and May 5.