A blogger has come out to share his account of one of the tactics used by People's Action Party (PAP) Member of Parliament Charles Chong against his Workers' Party (WP) opponent Lee Li Lian during the GE2015 general elections.
According to the blogger, in addition to using conventional tactics such as distributing flyers and studying the demographics of the area as stated in a recent Straits Times article, Charles Chong also took full advantage of the Aljunied-Hougang Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) financial saga to swing the residents against the incumbent WP MP.
He wrote: "On 28 August 2015, the PAP candidate for Punggol East SMC, Mr Charles Chong, stated in LianHe ZaoBao:
“After the 2013 Punggol East By-election, Punggol East SMC was carved out of Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council and merged into Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council. At that time, the Town Council had approximately one million dollars of surplus (emphasis mine), and Aljunied Town Council in 2011 also had over $3 million dollars in surplus. Today, the whole of AHPETC’s financial situation has deteriorated”.
We have seen no supporting evidence for Mr Chong’s claim that there was a surplus of $1 million in the accounts of Punggol East SMC at the point of merger into AHPETC."
Read his full post here.
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