This is probably the most unusual and interesting setup ever in PAP's election campaign history. Though in the early years nearly every party had to rely on secret society members, thugs, common criminals and convicts to help in their campaigns, nearly every one moved away and certainly the PAP which began its squeaky clean years in the early 70s.
Let take a closer look at his yellow ribbon team:
1) His uncle and ex MP and ex convict has his own dedicated thread. This gentleman is now facing fresh charges of corruption and criminal breach of trust. There is another thread on him started yesterday so I won't flog this horse here.
2) Subash Anandan was thrown into prison as the leader of the Sembawang Black Eagles Gang under the criminal temporary provisions Act. He was detained for secret society activities. Due to a massive cock-up by our illustrious Police Force, no one in authority was prepared to sign an extension of the detention order because his girlfriend was being screwed by the Police Inspector who was the IO of the case. That officer was subsequently sacked. The govt refused to give Subash citizenship for over 2 decades remaining stateless and out desperation he began to court the PAP. The fact that he was not granted citizenship was due to his past and that tells alot. This was despite numerous appeal.
3) Lionel de Souza is probably one of the most notorious cop in Singapore's history. Noted for free drinks, loaning rental cars for free to assaulting people. He was finally sacked from the Police Force by the no less than the Commissioner of Police for assault. As usual the illustrious Police Force cocked it up. He was reinstated and conveniently retired without ever stepping back into the force. A man who faced numerous disciplinary inquiries for misconduct is now helping the PAP. This is the same man who is the father of one son who became a secret society member and another son who sadly became a catamite at Changi. He can't even help his sons and he is helping the residents of Hougang. And we worry about Ho Ching.
What does that tell you about Desmond and the PAP. Surely they could have found 3 other decent people who have done some level of good and are prepared to help. Unless Hougang is made of criminals and these three do resonate with them, the setup is beyond comprehension.
Good luck to the residents of Hougang if this is what the PAP has to offer.