On the campaign trail

Hold all parties to same standard: Eng Hen

People's Action Party (PAP) organising secretary Ng Eng Hen (photo) fielded questions from reporters before greeting residents at Bishan MRT station yesterday morning.

Dr Ng leads the PAP's Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC team against a Singapore People's Party team.

ON HOW SINGAPOREANS KNOW WHETHER THEY CAN TRUST THE PAP TO HAVE SAFEGUARDS, AND CONTINUE TO BE EFFECTIVE AT GOVERNING

"Vote for the person whom you trust, who has a track record - looking at what that person you trusted in the last term has delivered.

Over the last 50 years, has the PAP served you faithfully? Have we abused our authority? Have we ensured that what we promised, we deliver? Have we been accountable?

There will always be problems, but have we owned up to the problems, have we tried to fix them? That should be the standard not only for the PAP, but for all parties."

ON COMMENTS BY OPPOSITION PARTIES, INCLUDING THE SINGAPORE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, THAT THEY WILL WORK WITH THE PAP ON POLICIES IF THEY ARE VOTED INTO PARLIAMENT

"This is just standard fare for general elections. Political parties of all stripes and colours will say that during elections.

The question is, can they add (to policies)? Can they take care of your town for the next five years, and take care of you? Can they form the government?

No political party is out just to remain as they are.

They are there to try to form the next government.

This is a process which will continue. If Singaporeans feel the PAP Government has been working for them, improving their lives, we ask them to continue to trust us.

And we will deliver what we said, as we always have."

ON COMMENTS BY OPPOSITION PARTIES, INCLUDING THE NATIONAL SOLIDARITY PARTY, THAT BEING AN MP IS NOT ONLY ABOUT MANAGING A TOWN

"Residents will feel very upset about that because they are basically saying, 'You can go and speak for me but when I have a problem, ask somebody else'.

This is the same line that other parties are using. 'Vote for me and let the Government work.' It doesn't work that way.

You have to take care of your residents' needs, and if you don't know the problems of your residents, how can you speak for them?"

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 08, 2015, with the headline 'Hold all parties to same standard: Eng Hen'. Print Edition | Subscribe