SINGAPORE: Voters in Marine Parade GRC will decide between the People’s Action Party (PAP) team led by incumbent Tan Chuan-Jin and the Workers’ Party (WP) team led by Yee Jenn Jong when they head to the polls on Jul 10.
This will be the GRC’s first election without former Emeritus Senior Minister and Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, after he announced that he would not be standing in this year’s General Election.
Candidates from both parties successfully filed their nomination papers at Kong Hwa School on Tuesday (Jun 30). All of them are men.
The PAP’s five-member team also includes Senior Minister of State Edwin Tong, FairPrice Group CEO Seah Kian Peng, and newcomers Dr Tan See Leng and Mr Fahmi Aliman.
The new faces replace Mr Goh and Dr Fatimah Lateef, who were part of PAP’s 2015 team.
“The world is facing a crisis the likes of which we have not seen for many, many years. We need strong and effective leadership to see us through,” said Mr Tan Chuan-Jin after their candidacies were confirmed at the nomination centre at Kong Hwa School.
Mr Tong added: “This team will continue to work hard to deliver on our promises to you."
The PAP team will go up against WP’s Mr Yee, Mr Ron Tan and new faces Mr Nathaniel Koh, Mr Fadli Fawzi and Mr Azhar Abdul Latip.
Mr Yee was part of the WP team that contested Marine Parade GRC in 2015, while Mr Ron Tan contested in Nee Soon GRC that year.
“The Workers’ Party is back," said Mr Yee after their candidacies were confirmed. "Over the last three General Elections, we contested in Joo Chiat then Marine Parade. Today, we are back with another dedicated team. We have never left.”
Responding to questions about how Mr Goh’s departure will affect the WP’s chances in Marine Parade, Mr Ron Tan said the campaign in a GRC is a "team effort" and that success or failure cannot be "based on just one person".
“However, Mr Goh Chok Tong has been the pioneer of Marine Parade. He’s been around for 30 to 40 years, obviously the connection with residents is very strong. We do experience that when we do our house visits," said Mr Ron Tan.
"However, we are sure that with our sincerity and with our efforts, residents can see that we, too, are able to contribute back to them and make sure that they’re well looked after as well.”
In 2015, the PAP team led by Mr Goh pulled ahead of the WP with 64.07 per cent of the votes. This is the third time the WP is sending a team to contest Marine Parade GRC.
GOH CHOK TONG REMAINS "VERY MUCH INVOLVED": PAP
Mr Goh remains "very much involved" by helping the PAP's Marine Parade team with campaigning, said Mr Tong at a press conference after filing their nomination papers.
"If you think (Mr Goh) is not standing and therefore he’s not going to be around, I think you’ll see in the course of this campaign that that’s really not going to be the case," said Mr Tong.
“He remains very much involved and I think that’s how we would want to see it.”
Mr Tan Chuan-Jin added: "(Mr Goh) is a very special individual and very precious for all of us. I don’t think it’s a question about replacement, I think all of us bring different abilities, different experiences, different talents, and importantly also work together as a team."