04 Apr '11, 11pm

ST Blog: Chua Mui Hoong goes on a Workers' Party walkabout in Nee Soon GRC and talks to a supporter.

I’VE been covering politics for 20 years, chalking up dozens of walkabouts by ministers, MPs and would-be MPs. Yesterday, I wasn’t assigned to cover the Workers’ Party walkabout (that honour went to my colleague Zakir Hussain) but I gave up a Sunday morning anyway to trail behind the WP morning tour of Chong Pang market in Nee Soon GRC. I like to linger on, after the party entourage has left, to talk to residents about their encounter with the MP or candidate. One man I targeted was a man in his 50s, with a tanned, weather-beaten face. He was leaning on a rail, cradling in his arms a dog on a leash, as the WP group of about 30 walked past. He pumped a fist in the air and shouted in Mandarin: “Gong ren dang! Jia you!” (Workers’ Party! Keep it up!) The WP team led by secretary-general Low Thia Khiang came by to shake hands. They left. I stayed, introduced myself as a reporte...

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