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Backup plan or attention-seeker?

May 16, 2012 - 11:48pm

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TNP PHOTO: Kelvin Chng

He was an "unofficial backup" to Mr Png Eng Huat, the Workers' Party (WP) candidate for the Hougang by-election.

This was what party veteran Poh Lee Guan told reporters yesterday when asked why he had applied for a political donation certificate.

He was not at the nomination centre, but in a coffee shop nearby.

But WP leaders said his move caught them unawares. Secretary-general Low Thia Khiang said he was not told of Dr Poh's plan.

Political observer Eugene Tan said of Dr Poh: He's a party renegade who is out to gain attention, and that his actions had not only hurt his credibility, but undermined his party's standing at a critical time.

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