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No incumbent, so Hougang residents free to vote: DPM Teo

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said residents of Hougang can now choose who they want to represent them in parliament as their two previous MPs have left the constituency.

SINGAPORE: Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said residents of Hougang can now choose who they want to represent them in parliament as their two previous MPs have left the constituency.

He was asked about the Hougang by-election while speaking to reporters in Beijing, where he wrapped up a five-day visit.

Mr Teo said: "The voters in Hougang should feel quite free to vote now. Because there's no incumbent, both of them have left. And so I think it's an opportunity now for the Hougang residents to vote in the candidate who they think will be able to serve them best with integrity, commitment and sincerity."

The two former MPs Mr Teo was referring to are Mr Low Thia Khiang, the former Hougang MP who is now serving residents in Aljunied, and his successor Mr Yaw Shin Leong, who was sacked from the Workers' Party over personal indiscretions.

Mr Teo added that the People's Action Party is the underdog in the Hougang by-election, and said he is confident in PAP candidate Desmond Choo as a person.

Mr Teo said: "Whether or not he'll be voted in, I think he's really the underdog. But of course, Hougang residents have always had the penchant for voting in underdogs too, so who knows? We'll have to leave it in the hands of the voters."

Source: CNA/ac

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