In his announcement of his Jurong GRC candidates today (August 21), Deputy Prime Minister and also Finance Minister Tharman Shamugaratnam pleaded to Singaporeans to give the ruling party PAP government more time to fix the problems of public transport and exorbitant housing prices because these problems are “long-term”:
“Programmes to address issues such as public transport and housing affordability are meant for the long-term, and the Government needs the support of the people to see the projects through. This is a Government working very hard to build a better Singapore. We started on our new direction before the 2011 General Election and continued at a very earnest pace in the next few years. On the ground, our efforts are working, but there are many years left in this. We hope the people can support us.”
Minister Tharman also added that house visiting for elections are mundane and unexciting but he needs to do them anyway to win support:
“Our programme of house visits – there’s nothing like it, nothing to substitute for it. It’s not fancy, it doesn’t have a name, we just do it. It’s mundane, unexciting – and extremely important”
His constituency, Jurong GRC, has always been seen as a safe haven from Opposition contest and hence could have resulted in boredom to the Minister.