PAP's Desmond Choo recounts old man's advice on choosing a wife

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PAP candidate for Hougang SMC, Desmond Choo recounted a story told to him by "an old man who said that choosing an MP is like choosing a wife: If your wife is unable to cook, there's no point. You must choose a wife who is able to do things for you."


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In an anecdote-strewn debut rally speech on Saturday night, People’s Action Party (PAP) candidate Desmond Choo detailed his plans and vision for the single-member constituency of Hougang.

The 33-year-old is up against the Workers’ Party’s Yaw Shin Leong, who is replacing Mr Low Thia Khiang as the WP candidate in Hougang.

Mr Choo spoke in Mandarin, English and Teochew, saying to laughter: ‘I’m your hao seh kia’ (young man)’.

For instance, he spoke in Teochew of meeting an old man who said that choosing an MP is like choosing a wife. ‘If your wife is unable to cook, there’s no point. You must choose a wife who is able to do things for you,’ he recounted.

Mr Choo told the rally programmes he had initiated in the last three months, including transport subsidies for students, healthcare subsidies and a low-cost traditional Chinese medical clinic for the elderly.

He said he would also help set up a job placement centre in the next three months, to match residents with jobs near their homes.

He asked residents to give him a chance: At the end of five years, ‘If the report card is all red, kick me out,’ he said.

Netizens have flooded social media portals with opinions on PAP Candidate Desmond Choo’s anecdote.

I am a woman but I wasn’t offended or anything. I feel that he just quoting an example. Don’t create a mountain out of a molehole . Too harsh on a simple issue. Most importantly he did his part as a candidate . B4 even being elected , he is already doing MP job! Getting ppl jobs, getting old folks a new toilet etc.. And so far he has been humble and efficient.”

Joey –

Nowadays life difficult if even at just starting of middle income range, both husband and wife need to slog day and night to make ends meet…… can cook also maybe no use liao

We the resident of hougang are very sick of living in a dirty neighborhood . Town council never do anything! So we voted WP in for 4 elections , but still no change in hougang environment! Where was the MP low when we complained? So it’s time to let a young man with big ambition to handle this hougang .
You dont stay in hougang SMC so you will not know what is it like to stay 20yrs here without upgrading!
Moreover Mr Desmond Choo really helped a lor of hougang old folks and residents here! Our town became vibrant since Mr Choo is here..
I am not concern about his personal life, just want an efficient MP! Understand ?
You people here don’t stay in hougang SMC so will not comprehend the situation here. We want to give PAP a chance to rebuilt the town!”

Anti –

Can AWARE please take this sexist remark up? This teochew phrase is not appropriate in today’s context when women are actively contributing to the society in so many ways!”

Pauline –

A mistake from which there can be no recovery. Hope he is smart enough not to try and justify the use of this totally inappropriate analogy. Just say “sorry”!

Tan –

Source:, theonlinecitizen,


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