I urge the Government to arrange a by-election in Hougang as
early as possible.
It is not the fault of the voters of Hougang that they have now
lost their elected Member of Parliament. It is also their
constitutional right to be represented by an elected political
leader in Parliament.
One possible reason given to justify a delay in holding a
by-election is that the Prime Minister has pressing
national issues to attend to.
I suggest that he should leave the arrangements of the
election to his civil servants, who should be quite capable of
attending to this matter and who are probably not as hard
pressed as the Prime Minster.
An early by-election would demonstrate to the world
that the rights of the citizens are respected.