GE2015: 7 Things Spotted On The Campaign Trail, Sept 9 Edition

PAP candidates (from right) Joan Pereira, Indranee Rajah, Chia Shi-Lu, Chan Chun Sing and Melvin Yong at Tekka Market and Food Centre on Sept 9, 2015.
PAP candidates (from right) Joan Pereira, Indranee Rajah, Chia Shi-Lu, Chan Chun Sing and Melvin Yong at Tekka Market and Food Centre on Sept 9, 2015.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

1. THIS CANDIDATE GOES TO THE MARKET

PAP's Jalan Besar GRC candidate Yaacob Ibrahim and his team were visiting a market in Beo Crescent on Wednesday (Sept 9) morning when he spotted a stall selling passionfruit, or buah susu as the locals call it. A very excited Dr Yaacob, who said he had not seen the fruit for a long time, bought a dozen - at $10 a kilogram.

2. FAMILY AFFAIRS


WP chief Low Thia Khiang's wife Han Mui Keow (in blue) distributing fliers at a food centre in Upper Changi Road. ST PHOTO: AUDREY TAN

Workers' Party chief Low Thia Khiang's wife and daughter were spotted on Wednesday morning at a food centre in Upper Changi Road where Mr Low and the East Coast GRC team were canvassing for votes. Mrs Low was distributing fliers while their daughter was taking photos.


WP chief Low Thia Khiang''s daughter taking pictures during a WP walkabout at a food centre in Upper Changi Road. ST PHOTO: AUDREY TAN

The Lows were not alone. On Tuesday night, at a Singapore People's Party rally, Ms Camilla Chiam - the only child of Mr Chiam See Tong and Mrs Lina Chiam - went on stage to campaign for her mother who is contesting Potong Pasir.

And the cutest fan of WP candidate Lee Li Lian could be seen at Tuesday night's rally too: Her 14-month-old daughter was watching mummy from a strategic spot offstage.

3. ENERGY CONSERVATION


A resident offers drinks to Dr Maliki and PAP volunteers on Sept 9, 2015. ST PHOTO: WONG SIEW YING 

With Wednesday being the last day of campaigning, candidates who have been pounding the ground non-stop since Day 1 have been advised to conserve energy for the big bang in the evening when there will be a whopping 14 rallies held across the island.

Workers' Party chief Low Thia Khiang was overheard on a walkabout in the morning telling East Coast candidate Leon Perera "don't over exert yourself".

Over at the PAP camp, a resident assured East Coast candidate Maliki Osman during a house visit that she would vote for him. "No need to waste your vocal cords on me," she said as she offered the candidate and his volunteers some drinks.

4. EVERYONE IS DOING THE SELFIE/WEFIE

Candidates seemed to have jumped on the selfie/wefie bandwagon.

PAP's East Coast candidate Maliki Osman was seen taking a wefie with residents during a house visit at Stratford Court condo on Wednesday.


Dr Maliki taking a wefie with Mr Eddie Ng and family at Stratford Court on Sept 9, 2015. ST PHOTO: WONG SIEW YING

Workers' Party chief Low Thia Khiang, too, was spotted taking a selfie with a resident in Upper Changi.


Mr Low takes a selfie with a resident in Upper Changi on Sept 9, 2015. ST PHOTO: KOR KIAN BENG

5. STEAL SOME FAMILY TIME

PAP candidate for Marsiling-Yew Tee Lawrence Wong squeezed in some time in between campaigning to visit his parents - and dog - on Wednesday.

He revealed that his father had had a bypass surgery recently and would not be able to attend his rally. But his mother helped him go through his Hokkien speech for tonight.

6. PINT-SIZED FAN

A toddler went up to the PAP Jalan Besar team and said "hello" during their walkabout in Beo Crescent on Wednesday. Judging by the teammembers' amused expressions, it must have been an unexpected but pleasant encounter.

7. THANK YOU, IT'S A WRAP!

On the last day of campaigning, parties and individual candidates have expressed their gratitude to their supporters to wrap up the nine days of campaigning.

Workers' Party released a video thanking its supporters and highlighting the memorable moments of the campaign.

The PAP Marine Parade team, including teammember Tan Chuan-Jin, also posted similar messages on their Facebook pages.