During a walkabout at Bukit Merah View in Tanjong Pagar GRC yesterday (26 Jul), the new NTUC Chief Chan Chun Sing told the media that opposition parties seeking to contest Tanjong Pagar GRC should do so because they want to take care of residents and improve their lives.
Implying that opposition politicians’ hearts may not be pure, he said, “It’s the wrong starting point if people want to come here because they think it is a trophy GRC. That would do injustice to residents.”
“Your hearts must be pure. You must be here because you want to take care of residents and improve their lives,” he added. “If you are just here to win the election, that is quite sad and the residents can tell.”
Mr Chan seems to think that opposition parties participate in elections with “ulterior motives” and do not care for residents.
“The focus is to do my work consistently, and take care of residents,” he said. “It’s the wrong starting point to say that I want to come to Tanjong Pager because I want to see a fight. That is injustice to residents.”
Mr Chan said that he feels sad to hear people say elections must be around the corner when they see him at walkabouts.
“We can’t control who is coming here. Our job is to put in the work every day, conscientiously. I would be sad if people saw (us) and said: ‘Elections must be coming, that’s why you are here.’”
Mr Chan now leads Tanjong Pagar GRC, following the passing of Lee Kuan Yew in March this year. The GRC was uncontested in the last general election (GE). In other words, Mr Chan and his team won through a walkover in 2011. Nobody really knows where Mr Chan stands in the eyes of Tanjong Pagar GRC residents.
Opposition parties that have indicated an interest in Tanjong Pagar GRC include SingFirst and DPP.