Yaw is history. So who will WP field in the by-election?
Gerald Giam? He notably appeared in the press conference announcing Yaw’s expulsion alongside the chairman and secretary general. That is a clear signal of his rising status within the party. But should WP give up an NCMP seat, even if Gerald wins? It’s not at all clear whether the Govt is obliged to give WP another NCMP seat should Gerald become a fully-elected MP.
Glenda Han? She would win some votes, but she has no presence in Hougang.
JJ? His performance in Parliament hasn’t been outstanding to date.
Angela Oon? Don’t think she’s electable now.
John Yam? Possibly. He’s bilingual, mature and distinguished. Would make a pillar of the community. So why didn’t WP feature him at the press conference?
And PAP. Who would they field? The guy whom Yaw defeated? Or someone who will quickly resign from the Civil Service just to take part in this election?
We haven’t had a by-election since 1981, when JBJ was elected. Will the other parties want to jump in? Kenneth J? Nicole Seah? Or maybe Desmond SDA wants to repay WP a favour? Maybe Tan Jee Say or Tan Kin Lian want to try their luck again?
The ball is really round.