Elections are round the corner again. This time, voters in Hougang SMC gets to choose the person to represent them in Parliament. Last year, I was standing near the front row with my friends to watch the rally. I saw people from the media within the compound and as a photographer myself, I wondered how it was like to be in there. I didn’t have to wait 5 years for that opportunity. Many thanks to theonlinecitizen for this opportunity and also the folks from WP for making this happen. Special thanks to the WP staff/volunteer who offered me his umbrella when it started pouring. I hope I will get to cover PAP rally one day. For now, this is WP for you. As they say, Hammer Time!:)

Drumming up support. Pretty effective.

The crowd coming in after dinner. And I missed mine… adrenaline took over:)

The catchphrase for Hougang this month. It kinda dominated afew weddings that I’ve shot too:D

These ladies have been here since early afternoon. They asked if I was from 联合早报. I said no, I’m from “网报”… because I have no idea how to translate The Online Citizen.

As for her, she said she’s been here since morning. I was like… “what?” Especially if you know how scorching hot it was that day.

Pritam Singh meeting the people. He’s quite popular with the supporters.

And so the Rally begins…

Chairman of WP, Sylvia Lim. She must be wondering, who’s this new guy?:D

I salute this.

MIB: Man in Blue

Glenda Han!! I like her, because she talks about HDB for singles and she’s pretty and single too. But hey, that’s a serious topic. We get penalized like single travelers.

Pritam Singh. The crowd favourite. He has a good sense of humour, a little like Russell Peters.

WP heavyweight Chen Show Mao. His chinese speech delivery was awesome.

The crowd going crazy when the next speaker was announced.

The “pause”. It’s as powerful as the speech itself.

And the rain got heavier as he spoke.

And all the scripts got wet. I wonder what ink they used, it seems to hold up well. Good thing Chen Show Mao’s turn was over, otherwise his Ipad would’ve been Iwet.

She said “HUAT AH!”

Sylvia Lim took the stage.

Hammer time!

Hougang candidate Mr Png Eng Huat laughing heartily at the chants of HUAT AH!

A nice moment between the party members in the rain.

A quiet moment for Png Eng Huat.

Png Eng Huat acknowledging cheers from the crowd.

Party Secretary Mr Low Thia Khiang closing the rally. Rain or Shine…

The supporters.

Will Hougang be united? We’ll see on 26th May 2012