Workers’ Party Sec-Gen Low Thia Khiang put on his best Jerry Maguire impression to refute Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and Punggol East candidate Charles Chong at the party’s Punggol East rally on Sep. 5.
Holding up a printout of the accounts of Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council, the Aljunied GRC candidate showed the crowd that there was a deficit of more than $280,000 when it merged with WP’s constituencies to form Aljunied Hougang Punggol East town council (AHPETC) back in 2013.
WP won Punggol East SMC in a by-election in that year.
Everyone was like “what…?” when he pulled out a piece of paper.
Here’s a closer look:
Then we were like, “what?!” when he did a Jerry Maguire in Mandarin:
“I want the PAP to respond to the WP and residents of Punggol East: Where is the money??”
Ok, you millennials don’t get the 90s Tom Cruise reference. Here’s something closer to your hipster heart.
Just last month, DPM Teo said that Punggol East had been “handed over (to WP) in good order, with surpluses”. Chong also told Lianhe Zaobao in August that Punggol East SMC had a surplus of $1 million before handing over to WP.
Check out Low’s epic smackdown here:
Pasir Ris-Punggol incumbent candidate and previous chairman of the Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council Zainal Sapari, whose signature was on that piece of paper, posted this on Facebook today.
In a nutshell, according to Zainal, there was an accumulated routine fund surplus of $804,945 for Punggol East SMC as of Mar 31, 2012, the last full-year audited accounts before the by-election.
And there was an actual net surplus of $21,363.
Wait a minute. Didn’t Charles Chong say it was $1 million? Or is he going to say he can’t tell his $804,945 from his $1 million?
Top photo screenshot from video.