PSP considering to compete in Nee Soon GRC: Tan Cheng Bock
SINGAPORE — The Progress Singapore Party (PSP) is considering to contest in Nee Soon group representation constituency (GRC), said its secretary-general Tan Cheng Bock during the party’s walkabout around Chong Pang Market on Sunday (21 June).
“We’re looking at many areas, and one of the areas we are considering is Nee Soon,” the 80-year-old told reporters.
“I was here many, many years ago as a doctor, practising somewhere in Chong Pang. So there’s a lot of historical element, and so I thought, maybe let’s have a look at the place.”
“And I like Shanmugam, tell him!” Tan added, referring to the incumbent Nee Soon Member of Parliament from the People’s Action Party (PAP), Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam.
Intention to contest in 3 other constituencies
In the midst of preparing for its first general election, PSP has already signalled its intentions to contest in three other constituencies: West Coast GRC and the newly-formed Marymount and Kebun Baru single-member constituencies (SMCs).
It may find itself being embroiled in several three-way contests, with the Reform Party also intending to run for West Coast GRC and the Democratic Progressive Party expressing interest to vie for the two SMCs.
PSP unveiled six candidates for the upcoming general election during a Zoom press conference on Thursday: Francis Yuen Kin Pheng, 70, Gigene Wong, 54, party vice-chairman Hazel Poa, 50, Sri Nallakaruppan, 56, Bradley Bowyer, 53, and Muhammad Taufik Supan, 40.
Nallakaruppan, Bowyer and Taufik were present during the Sunday walkabout, handling out pamphlets and chatting with residents at the market.
In the 2015 general election, the PAP team of Shanmugam, Lee Bee Wah, Louis Ng, Henry Kwek and Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim garnered 66.9 per cent of the votes to clinch Nee Soon GRC over the Workers’ Party team of Cheryl Loh, Gurmit Singh, Luke Koh, Kenneth Foo and Ron Tan.
Opposition parties beginning campaigning walkabouts
Various opposition parties have also began their campaigning walkabouts in the past few days.
The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has been carrying out house visits in Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, and also did a walkabout at Bukit Batok West Shopping Centre on Sunday.
The Singapore People's Party (SPP) also conducted a walkabout at Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC on Saturday. The party introduced secretary-general Steve Chia, vice-chairman Williamson Lee, and members Melvyn Chiu and Osman Sulaiman to residents there.
SPP chairman Jose Raymond, who conducted a Facebook Live session on Friday night, will be contesting in the Potong Pasir SMC.
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