SINGAPORE - The arguments put forward by the People's Action Party (PAP) and the Workers' Party (WP) to Punggol East residents have one point in common: Voting their party in will make the other party work harder for you.
Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said yesterday that voters can judge the work of current Members of Parliament and realise that voting for the PAP will make the WP work harder.
Last Saturday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said voters should vote for what they believe in, and not tactically.
He made the comment in response to a question on the so-called by-election effect of voters rooting for the opposisition, secure in the knowledge that the PAP is already in power.
WP chief Low Thia Khiang then urged voters to do precisely that, as the Government is already strong enough, said The Straits Times yesterday.
By doing so, the WP's presence will grow and voters can ensure the Government will work harder to improve the lives of Singaporeans, added Mr Low.
He referred to policy changes such as housing and transport, which have helped Singaporeans since the 2011 General Election.
Meanwhile, the WP's candidate, Ms Lee Li Lian, yesterday defended her party's track record and said voting her in would strengthen the alternative voice in Parliament and add pressure on the Government.