GE2020: SPP chairman Jose Raymond to challenge PAP incumbent Sitoh Yih Pin in Potong Pasir SMC
SINGAPORE: The People’s Action Party’s (PAP's) Sitoh Yih Pin is going head-to-head with Singapore People’s Party (SPP) chairman Jose Raymond in Potong Pasir Single Member Constituency (SMC) in the 2020 General Election.
The two candidates successfully filed their nomination papers at Kong Hwa School on Tuesday (Jun 30).
Mr Sitoh, 56, has represented Potong Pasir since the 2011 elections, when he edged out SPP’s Lina Chiam by just 114 votes.
In the last elections, Mr Sitoh went up against Mrs Chiam again and won by a larger margin, with 66.39 per cent of the votes against the SPP’s 33.61 per cent.
“I’m now a student. I’m going to take my exams. The examiners are the 20,000 voters in Potong Pasir. One of the assets that we can bring to this election is the 10-year track record that we have. Residents can see and feel what we've done for them,” said Mr Sitoh.
“As for my opponent, I treat every opponent with respect. I don't underestimate anybody. Every opponent is a worthy opponent.”
Potong Pasir was the stronghold of opposition stalwart Chiam See Tong for 27 years until 2011, when he left to contest Bishan-Toa Payoh Group Representation Constituency (GRC).
The SPP’s candidate this time, Mr Raymond, 48, succeeded Mrs Chiam as SPP chairman in November. This is his first electoral outing.
The former journalist is currently the chief strategy officer of communications firm Spin Worldwide. He is also the former executive director of the Singapore Environment Council and was once Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan’s press secretary.
“Our journey towards a more compassionate, equitable, fairer society begins today. That journey begins with the decisions we make. For me, it’s a journey to try to help you see that there's a better Singapore,” he said.
He added that it would be "rather presumptuous" of him to think about his chances of winning.
What is more important, he said, is to recognise that he has "a formidable opponent", while reinforcing the plans he has for Potong Pasir to win the hearts and minds of residents.
Potong Pasir’s electoral boundaries were changed for the first time in more than 30 years in the review for this year's elections. The SMC now includes two polling districts previously from Marine Parade GRC.
Two other areas — Braddell Road and Lorong 8 Toa Payoh — have been moved from Potong Pasir to Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC.