SINGAPORE: Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo will lead a People’s Action Party (PAP) team against candidates from the Peoples Voice (PV) in Jalan Besar GRC in the General Election.
The PAP team also includes Senior Minister of State for Defence Heng Chee How, Central District Mayor Denise Phua and new candidate Wan Rizal Wan Zakariah, a polytechnic senior lecturer.
Nomination papers were filed on Tuesday (Jun 30) at Bendemeer Primary School.
PV will field party chief and lawyer Lim Tean, blogger Leong Sze Hian, medical administrator and entrepreneur Michael Fang Amin and halal certification auditor Azlan Sulaiman.
If elected, Mrs Teo, a former Bishan-Toa Payoh Member of Parliament, will become the first female minister to helm a GRC. She is taking the lead after Jalan Besar’s former anchor minister Yaacob Ibrahim, who first ran in the constituency in 1997, stepped down.
In the 2015 and 2011 General Elections, the PAP went up against the Workers’ Party (WP), winning 58.6 per cent and 67.7 per cent of the vote, respectively. WP had said it will not run in Jalan Besar GRC this time.
This is PV’s first time contesting in a General Election.
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Mrs Teo thanked residents for their years of support and trust in the PAP.
“We hope to get your strong mandate again, and to serve you again,” she said. “Let us build a town filled with vibrance and care.”
Ms Phua said the team pledges to deliver on the promises it makes, like it has done for “every masterplan for Jalan Besar in the past”.
“We sincerely care for you and we want to make life better for you,” she said.
PV's Mr Lim said this is the election voters have been waiting for to ensure that they and future generations have the jobs they deserve.
“This is the election for all of us to deliver a fairer and more prosperous society to many, not just the privileged,” he added.
“We come before you not asking for anything, but only for your chance to serve.”
Editor’s note: A previous version of this story said Mr Michael Fang was a medical doctor. Mr Fang has clarified that he is a medical administrator and entrepreneur.