GE2015: 7 Things Spotted On The Campaign Trail, Sept 8 Edition

Dr Chee taking a picture with Mr Leow Wee Yee, his wife and baby at Bukit Timah Food Centre on Sept 8, 2015.
Dr Chee taking a picture with Mr Leow Wee Yee, his wife and baby at Bukit Timah Food Centre on Sept 8, 2015.ST PHOTO: IDAYU SUPARTO

1. SAY "CHEE-SE"!

Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chief Chee Soon Juan's political comeback this election has been burnished by his new friendly and approachable image.

He was seen taking photos with residents during his morning walkabout at Bukit Timah Food Centre on Tuesday (Sept 8), flashing his trademark wide grin. And he has been a crowd-puller too, with many residents requesting a photo or selfie with him.


Dr Chee taking a picture with a family at Bukit Timah Food Centre on Sept 8, 2015. ST PHOTO: IDAYU SUPARTO

As engineering manager Leow Wee Yee, 40, put it: "Dr Chee has really improved since the last two elections. I think he's much better now since he has toned down."

2. FOOD COMES BEFORE POLITICS

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The SDP team led by Dr Chee is always popular during the walkabouts, with many residents asking for photos with the members, especially with Dr Chee.

But at a popular fishball noodle stall in Bukit Timah Food Centre on Tuesday morning, none of the customers were willing to give up their spot in the queue to have a Kodak moment with the candidates. Sorry Dr Chee, food comes first.

3. GETTING SOCIAL OVER KOPI


Mr Low speaking with Mr Koh (middle) and another resident on Sept 8, 2015. ST PHOTO: KOR KIAN BENG

Workers' Party chief Low Thia Khiang took a break from his walkabout at Simei when some residents invited him for a cuppa at a coffeeshop.

One of them, 64-year-old taxi driver Jason Koh, took some photos with the politician and immediately posted them on Facebook.

"Wow, you've got Facebook? I don't even have one," said an impressed Mr Low.

4. A FAN FOR FANS


The audience at the PAP's lunchtime rally at the UOB Plaza promenade on Sept 8, 2015. ST PHOTO: YEO SAM JO

For those planning to head down to UOB Plaza for the next and last lunchtime rally on Wednesday, here's a tip from Ms Oh Ming Hwee. The housewife in her 40s, who travelled from her home in Upper Thomson to catch the speeches, parked herself at one of the best spots - not in front of the stage, but in front of a huge fan.

"I can't see the speakers from where I am, but I'm listening. I'm lucky to have the fan right in front of me," she said.

Given the mid-day heat, she was very lucky indeed.

5. UNUSUAL SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITY


Lilin Nanami Teo, seven, at the PAP lunchtime rally on Sept 8, 2015. She came with her grandmother to support PM Lee. ST PHOTO: YEO SAM JO

With the campaign period coinciding with the September school holidays, some children were spotted amid the throng at UOB Plaza. It seems like they are still revelling in the National Day celebratory mood as many were spotted waving the Singapore flag.


Children at the PAP afternoon rally on Sept 8, 2015. ST PHOTO: YEO SAM JO

6. FASHION FLASH


PM Lee speaking at the afternoon rally on Sept 8, 2015. ST PHOTO: JOANNA SEOW

With a busy schedule like his, one can imagine that PM Lee Hsien Loong must be fast on his feet. And at changing clothes, as we discovered. He can change his shirt in less than three minutes, based on our estimate.


PM Lee taking a picture with a supporter after the Sept 8 afternoon rally ended. ST PHOTO: LI XUEYING

Mr Lee, who was wearing a white shirt when he delivered his speech at the lunchtime rally, was spotted in a pink polo T-shirt and mingling with the crowd soon after his speech ended.

It is understood that he changed his shirt in a nearby tent.

7. IT'S A SIGN, OR TWO, OR THREE


Ms Hanna Omar, 26, a sign language interpreter with the Singapore Association for the Deaf at the PAP afternoon rally on Sept 8, 2015. ST PHOTO: JOANNA SEOW

Two sign language interpreters were on stage during the lunchtime rally by the PAP to sign to a group of hearing-impaired people in the audience.

They were Singapore Association for the Deaf  (SADeaf) sign language interpreters Teo Zhi Xiong, 23, and Hanna Omar, 26.

The SADeaf staff have been providing sign services for quite a few of the rallies in the past week of campaigning, including for the National Solidarity Party and SingFirst. To check which rallies have sign interpreters, go to SADeaf's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SADeafSG.