Cheaper housing key to securing future, says NSP

The National Solidarity Party (NSP) has said there would be no future for Singapore if the People’s Action Party cannot secure cheaper housing for future generations.

It was responding to the ruling party’s manifesto entitled, “Securing the Future Together”, which was released on Sunday.

The NSP’s Secretary General, Goh Meng Seng, along with his party’s members and volunteers, covered the Chua Chu Kang, Jurong and Pioneer areas on Sunday.

Mr Goh said he disagreed with National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan’s comments that lowering the cost of state land was equivalent to “raiding the reserves”.

Mr Goh said: “At this moment, we know that we have about S$300 billion of reserves. And I think it is about time that we can do with a lower growth for the reserve. And I would rather (have) a lower reserve growth than HDB raiding the people. Raiding our young generation with high cost of housing.”

The NSP will be going up against Mr Mah in Tampines Group Representation Constituency (GRC).

Mr Goh said that the Socialist Front’s move of not standing in the Whampoa and Mountbatten single-member constituencies was a “considerate gesture”, while the NSP withdrawal from Moulmein-Kallang GRC was to have a more “harmonious opposition movement”.

Mr Goh said: “But of course, there are still areas which we are facing three-cornered fights at. As far as NSP is concerned, we have made the greatest compromise that we could, and I think the ball is in other people’s court now.”

The NSP still faces possible three-cornered fights in Radin Mas and Pioneer, which the Reform Party is also contesting.

Mr Goh was walking the ground with his party’s Chua Chu Kang and Jurong GRC teams, and its candidate for Pioneer, Steve Chia.

Potential NSP candidates like former Nee Soon Central MP, Cheo Chai Chen, as well as 35-year-old Dexter Wong and 29-year-old Abdul Salim Harun, were also present.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 17 Apr 2011

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