Supporters of the Workers’ Party - at Hougang Stadium - cheering on their victorious upset of the PAP team in Aljunied GRC. Workers’ Party emerged the biggest winner on the night itself, as they also kept Hougang SMC.
Low Thia Khiang left his Hougang stronghold to beef up his Workers’ Party’s Aljunied GRC team. His five-person team beat the PAP’s team led by George Yeo and he addresses a jubilant crowd here.
The Workers’ Party was the only opposition party that did not go home empty handed in GE2011. It also became the first opposition party to win a GRC since the group representation constituencies were introduced more than 20 years ago.
The WP’s ”A team” of Low Thia Khiang, Sylvia Lim, Chen Show Mao, Pritam Singh and Muhamad Faisal Abdul Manap won in Aljunied GRC, beating a PAP team led by Foreign Minister George Yeo.
WP also maintained its hold on Hougang SMC. In several GRCs and SMCs that it contested, it either lost narrowly or bettered its performance in the last elections.
At Hougang Stadium, WP supporters cheer the winning Aljunied GRC team with shouts of “Ole, ole ole ole”, reminiscent of the Kallang Roar.
WP chief Low Thia Khiang to cheering crowd at Hougang Stadium. He thanks Singaporeans for their “leap of faith”, for wanting “a home and not just a house”, by voting in his team in Aljunied GRC.
With its slogan, “Towards a First World Parliament”, WP had campaigned on a platform of a stronger opposition to act as a check on the ruling party.
The whole of Hougang Stadium is on its feet and cheering, fists pumping the air, as the Aljunied GRC results are announced.
Supporters cheer, while some hug each other with tears of joy.
The Workers’ Party team contesting Aljunied GRC relax and smile confidently here, with Sylvia Lim, Pritam Singh and Muhammad Faisal Abdul Manap all garlanded.
The WP team of Eric Tan, Png Eng Huat, Gerald Giam, Mohamed Fazli Talip and Glenda Han got 45.2 per cent of the vote to the PAP team’s 54.8 per cent.
In the 2006 elections, WP contested the GRC and took home 36.1 per cent of the vote.
First-time candidate Lee Li Lian garners 41 per cent of the vote to PAP’s 54.5 per cent. SDA’s Desmond Lim got 4.5 per cent.
In her speech, Ms Lee thanked WP leaders for trusting a newcomer to contest an SMC. She vowed to be back for the next elections and, like another losing WP candidate Koh Choong Yong, expressed hope that the SMC she fought in would still exist in its present shape at the next elections.