Again Singapore opposition or worker party supporters had the happiest day on 26-May-2012. The type of happiness was beyond description, this type of happiness could not be bought by money. Mr. Phg Eng Huat got 61 percent of valid votes, the opponebt only got 37 percent despite supported by many heavyweights.
Despite many obstacles during the nine days by election campaign, Mr. Phg Eng Huat was the ultimate winner on this Hougang by election 2012.
Why Mr. Phg Eng Huat could become the winner and defeated his opponent with the high margin? This was because voters believed that Mr. Phg Eng Huat could serve them well despite less resources. Secondly Hougang voters had great appreciation for Mr. Low Thia Kiang, they respected him wholeheartedly and did not moved by " many nonsenses ". Thirdly most voters just simply like worker party because this is the party that made government woke up.
His rival won 37.91 per cent -- or 8,210 -- of total eligible votes.
Png's winning margin was 5,237 votes. Rejected votes formed 294 or 1.34 per cent of total votes.
Png's victory means he takes over the seat vacated by ex-WP member Yaw Shin Leong, who was expelled from the party after he failed to address allegations of marital infidelity in February.
This by-election was triggered by Yaw's expulsion.
However, Png's winning margin is nearly three percentage points lesser than Yaw's margin of 64.8 per cent against the same PAP candidate last May.
Speaking to the media after the results, Png said, "I thank the voters of Hougang for giving me a mandate. This has been an exciting, tiring and colourful campaign. For those that didn't vote for me, give me a chance to serve you."
With no permits for outdoor assembly areas issued for both parties, supporters from Workers' Party gathered at the coffeeshop at Block 322, Hougang Avenue 5. By the time the results were announced, the boisterous crowd had swelled to over 600, many of whom were waving placards in a festival-like atmosphere.
In contrast, the mood at the de-facto PAP assembly area, at the party's branch headquarters at nearby Block 328 was muted and more orderly, although they too took to chanting messages of "Desmond boleh ('can' in Malay)".
Hougang has been a stronghold of WP since 1981. It is an estate, made up of mainly older Singaporeans, many of whom are Teochew. Over the nine day of hustings, Png's credentials were constantly questioned by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean. Despite that, the 50-year-old businessman maintained his conscience over the much-mentioned NCMP issue was clear.
Choo, on the other hand, was content to focus his attention on the heartland voters, going door-to-door in a bid to win over their support.
Png's win means he will join five fellow WP members from Aljunied GRC in Parliament, restoring the party's seats back to six in the 87-seat parliament. He is also set to be made the vice-chairman of the Hougang Town Council, going by an earlier promise by WP chairman Sylvia Lim.
Three NCMPs – Singapore People's Party Lina Chiam, and WP's Gerald Giam and Yee Jenn Jong – add to the opposition voice.