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Sylvia Lim on DPM's Fengshan comments: 'Unfortunate that he has no sense of humour'

Workers' Party (WP) chairman Sylvia Lim has hit back at comments accusing her of wanting to "add (Fengshan) to the pot" to help the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council deficit.

Responding to the comments made by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, Ms Lim said: "Well I would just like to say that I think it is a pity Mr Teo Chee Hean does not seem to have a sense of humour."

Mr Teo's comments had come in the wake of a photo posted by Ms Lim on Instagram earlier this week, showing her sampling fried oyster omelette with the caption "The taste of Fengshan - heavenly! #reasonstowin".

The photo sparked rumours that Ms Lim could contest in the newly-carved out Fengshan SMC. 

In an interview with media on Friday, Mr Teo said: "Now we see the chairman of the town council saying that Fengshan SMC looks quite delicious.

"What's going to happen? You're going to swallow up Fengshan? For what purpose? To serve the residents of Fengshan?

"Or is Fengshan delicious because you want to add it to the pot? And help the town council with the deficit?"

Ms Lim and WP secretary-general Low Thia Khiang met residents at a party outreach at a crowded Chong Pang Market and Food Centre on Sunday morning. 

WATCH: Sylvia Lim and Low Thia Khiang greeting Chong Pang residents

 

 

The Worker's Party Sylvia Lim and Low Thia Khiang met resident...

The Workers' Party's Sylvia Lim and Low Thia Khiang met residents on a walkabout at Chong Pang Market and Food Centre on Sunday, Aug 16.

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Ms Lim told the media that all WP MPs will not budge from their current constituencies.

When asked, she did not elaborate on the party's plans for Fengshan. 

Mr Low also responded to DPM Teo's comments that he shed "crocodile tears" at Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew's intention to not contest in the upcoming election.

Said Mr Low: "As a DPM, with all due respect, (if) he wanted to comment in that way, let Singaporeans judge and see if this is the kind of standard of the PAP in politics.

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"Is this the kind of politics we want in the future? Do we want to be more civilised in our political engagement? We are not a third world country."

Mr Low (above) had praised the outgoing minister for being hardworking and was disappointed that Mr Lui chose to leave.

In turn, Mr Teo accused Mr Low of trying to "squeeze the most political mileage" with his statements.

PAP's Dr Lee Bee Wah was also present at the food centre to greet residents. Cordial greetings were exchanged when both camps walked past each other.

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