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Li Lian hopes win will encourage women and young people to join politics

Published on Jan 27, 2013 10:51 AM
 
Workers' Party MP-elect for Punggol East, Lee Li Lian, (extreme right), waves to supporters on a "thank you" tour on Jan 27, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: ANDREA ONG

Punggol East MP elect Lee Li Lian said on Sunday that she hopes her victory will encourage more women and young people to step forward and be involved in politics.

Speaking to reporters before embarking on a thank-you parade around the ward, the Workers' Party's Ms Lee said there is nothing to fear about entering politics. "Every one of us, as long as we have the heart and the right attitude to serve, we can get it done," she said.

Ms Lee, who at 34 will be one of the youngest female MPs in Parliament, swept to victory on Saturday with 54.5 per cent of valid votes in a four-cornered fight.

The trainer, who had earlier promised to make the town council handover as smooth as possible, said the WP would issue a statement on its plans for the town council structure later in the week.