The focus on the General Elections for 2015 should be on the future of our nation, said Mr K Shanmugam.
Speaking to reporters at the end of his walkabout around Chong Pang Market and Nee Soon East Courtyard, Minister K Shanmugam pointed out that the PAP, through various platforms such as rallies and its manifesto, have consistently focused on the party’s vision for the country, with clear plans for the short, medium and long term.
He promised that for the next few days of the election, the PAP will continue to focus on important issues which concern all Singaporeans. He cited the fast aging population as an urgent matter where we could be facing an alarming ratio of only two working adults to one elderly by 2030, a scenario that will have enormous impact on the Singapore economy and sustainability. The current ratio is slightly below six to one.
As voters think about the choice ahead, the main questions on their minds should be who can best serve Singapore and who can best represent their interests in Parliament.
When asked why the Workers’ Party management of their Town Council seems to have dominated the media attention for the first few days of the campaign, Minister Shanmugam said: “We haven’t been bringing it up ourselves…It is they who spent a long time at their rally talking about it. Because they said things that we think are not accurate, we have had to respond.”
One of the inaccuracies Minister Shanmugam pointed out was in relation to the Workers’ Party’s management of the Hougang Town Council. Workers’ Party Secretary-General Low Thia Khiang said at his party’s rally on 3rd September that the WP-run Hougang Town Council was in surplus before merging with the Aljunied Town Council. When the media sought Minister Shanmugam’s response to this, he pointed out that in March 2011, when the Hougang Town Council was last audited, auditors said that it had an operating deficit of over $91,800. The surplus Mr Low referred to might have been right before the merger, two months into the new financial year, when not all of the year’s expenses had been accounted for. He urged Mr Low to treat Singaporeans with respect and be honest with them.