GE2015: PAP MPs putting final touches on GE preparations, say they are ready to go

Jurong GRC Ang Wei Neng and an activist looking at a map targetting lamp posts to put posters on when the campaigning starts.
Jurong GRC Ang Wei Neng and an activist looking at a map targetting lamp posts to put posters on when the campaigning starts.PHOTO: ANG WEI NENG

SINGAPORE - The People's Action Party (PAP)'s incumbent MPs said they are all set for the election and are not fussed by the unexpected date of Polling Day.

"It's still a school holiday, so the polling stations are open," said Dr Fatimah Lateef, who will contest in Marine Parade GRC. "Besides, I'm not banking on an extra day when I've been engaging people for the last 10 years."

The announcement on Tuesday that the election will take place on Sept 11, a Friday, was greeted with surprise online. The general election has rarely taken place on a weekday and most punters had expected Polling Day to be on Sept 12.

PAP MPs told The Straits Times, however, that they felt no need to change their plans, or call for last-minute meetings with activists and volunteers tonight.

"The beauty about consistency is that there's no need for sudden meetings," said Jurong GRC MP Ang Wei Neng.

Nevertheless, the confirmed date has allowed MPs and their activists to put the final touches on their campaign plans.

Many MPs, like Chua Chu Kang GRC's Zaqy Mohamad, have applied for leave, after President Tony Tan Keng Yam dissolved Parliament at 3pm on Tuesday and issued the Writ of Election an hour later.

Mr Ang spent an hour on Tuesday evening checking the lampposts on which he will put his posters , while Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC MP Janil Puthucheary noted he will buy an extra charger for his phone, as its battery has taken a beating with multiple party Whatsapp groups brimming with activity.

Their house visits tonight,scheduled before the Writ was issued, will go on as planned.

"Life has bits of excitement," said Dr Fatimah about the unexpected date. "But life is also about preparation. I'm not a last-minute worker."