DPP chief Benjamin Pwee hints at candidates of joint SPP-DPP team in Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC

(From left) Mr Abdillah Zamzuri, Ms Juliana Juwahir, Mr Law Kim Hwee, DPP chairman Hamim Aliyas, Mr Benjamin Pwee, Mr Bryan Long, Ms Nadine Yap and Mr Eman Lim, during a walkabout in Lorong 7 Toa Payoh on Aug 23, 2015.
(From left) Mr Abdillah Zamzuri, Ms Juliana Juwahir, Mr Law Kim Hwee, DPP chairman Hamim Aliyas, Mr Benjamin Pwee, Mr Bryan Long, Ms Nadine Yap and Mr Eman Lim, during a walkabout in Lorong 7 Toa Payoh on Aug 23, 2015. PHOTO: DEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVE PARTY - SINGAPORE/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chief Benjamin Pwee has dropped another hint on who the Singapore People's Party (SPP) and his party plans to field in a joint team to contest Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC at the next polls.

He posted on Facebook a photo of eight members from the DPP and SPPat a walkabout in Lor 7 Toa Payoh on Sunday with the caption: "Pic of our joint team... residents were so so (sic) welcoming! Coming up to us to greet us, asking us to sit down for coffee, telling us their issues and concerns, etc."

In the photo were Mr Abdillah Zamzuri, Ms Juliana Juwahir, Mr Law Kim Hwee, DPP chairman Hamim Aliyas, Mr Pwee, Mr Bryan Long, Ms Nadine Yap and Mr Eman Lim. Mr Abdillah, Mr Law, Mr Long and Mr Lim are from the SPP, while Ms Yap and Mr Lim are from the DPP.

When contacted, Mr Pwee and Mr Long declined to confirm who among the eight would make the final SPP-DPP team that will contest in the five-member GRC.

Mr Long would only say that all eight are potential candidates while Mr Pwee threw the net even wider. He told The Straits Times: "Every person in a DPP or SPP t-shirt walking the ground is a potential candidate."

However, he hinted that the decision on who from the SPP will make the cut remains in the hands of the party's central executive committee (CEC). "We have said that we are still waiting for SPP CEC to decide on who their candidates for the joint team will be, and that we will introduce the five-man team on Nomination Day."

If all five candidates are in the picture, it would mean the two parties have tweaked the line-up over the last few days.

For one, businessman Chia Ser Lin, who was introduced by the DPP as a possible candidate last week, is not in the photograph. Of the eight, political observers said Mr Lim and Ms Juliana are unlikely to contest.

This means the five will be chosen from the remaining six in Mr Pwee's photo. Of these, Mr Abdillah is likely to be the last in line because at 31, he is the youngest among the six, and has only recently been spotted on a walkabout.

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