GE2020: Heng Swee Keat to lead PAP's East Coast GRC team vs WP

Amir Hussain
Senior Reporter
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat speaking after confirmation as the People's Action Party's East Coast GRC candidate on Nomination Day on 30 June 2020. (SCREENSHOT: CNA/YouTube)

SINGAPORE — Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat will lead the People’s Action Party (PAP) team to contest the closely watched five-member East Coast Group Representation Constituency (GRC) at the upcoming General Election following the close of nominations on Tuesday (30 June).

His fellow GRC candidates are Maliki Osman, Tan Kiat How, Cheryl Chan and Jessica Tan.

The PAP team will be up against the Workers’ Party (WP) team comprising Nicole Seah, Abdul Shariff, Terence Tan, Dylan Ng and Foo Seck Guan.

In his thank-you speech after submitting his nomination forms at St Anthony’s Canossian Primary School, Heng said, “COVID-19 has plunged the world into a period of profound uncertainty, into a major crisis on many fronts - healthcare, the economy, social, and geopolitical.”

“The People’s Action Party has a plan to enable us to overcome this crisis, and has a plan to emerge stronger from this,” he said.

He added, “We look forward to working closely together with our residents to enable the East Coast, and the whole of Singapore to emerge from this stronger. So we humbly ask for your support, for your strong endorsement so that the team can continue to serve you and serve fellow Singaporeans in the coming years.”

Meanwhile, Seah in her thank-you speech said the WP has been working “very hard on the ground” in the last five years.

“We will stand firm, we will remain courageous, and we will always offer all of you a vote for fairness and balance,” she said. 

At GE2015, the PAP won East Coast GRC with 60.73 per cent of the votes compared with the WP’s 39.27 per cent. The results were an improvement over GE2011, where the incumbent party garnered about 55 per cent of ballots in the GRC against the WP’s 45 per cent.

A total of 192 candidates will contesting 93 parliamentary seats across six four-member GRCs, 11 five-member GRCs and 14 SMCs in GE2020.

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