Saturday, January 30, 2010
Minister Mah challenges Opposition to fight in Tampines GRC
SINGAPORE: National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan says he welcomes
an electoral fight in Tampines GRC, where he is the anchor MP.
He was speaking to reporters at a community event earlier on Saturday
Mr Mah has been MP in Tampines since 1988. The area has long been an
Recently, three opposition parties expressed their interests to
contest the ward in the next general election, with the plan to turn
growing concerns over the affordability of public housing into an
Mr Mah said the key lies in how the People's Action Party gets its
message across to the public.
He said: "The opposition said they want to target Tampines because of
me. I think what I can say is that in a general election, it's not
about me, or an individual minister or an individual MP. It is really
about the people, the residents themselves.
"So I offer myself up for elections because I believe I can do the
best, I can do the most for them. But ultimately, it is for the
residents, the people to decide."
The key reason is Mr Mah. His ministry oversees public housing, an issue they hope to exploit by attacking the affordability of HDB flats, whose prices have been rising. The minister acknowledged some people may be adversely affected by the housing policies. But he pointed out: 'There's no question that our policies are designed for the good of the people.
'While there may be certain parts of the policies that are not favourable, overall, I think these policies are for the well-being of the people and are good for the country.'
Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew had weighed in on the issue last week. He said at a housing conference that if Mr Mah was unable to defend his housing policy, 'he deserves to lose' at the next GE.
Ma Bow Tan talks big. He is a coward, hiding under the
skirt of GRC...without protection of which, he will lose
his seat...lose his well paid job as minister.
If he was brave and has a backbone, at the next election,
he should stand in a single ward.
At the current mood of unhappiness against him, he
will not stand a chance...any one of the new guys in the
opposition... will give him a thrashing.
PAP will lose votes, because brainless idiots like
him...boastful, obnoxious, cowardly and useless....
Few people like such characters in our leaders.
PAP have too many such idiots around....they will
bring down PAP sooner or later.