SINGAPORE - The People's Action Party (PAP) team in Ang Mo Kio GRC "will give it our all" if faced with a contest this coming election, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said today.
Mr Lee, who is leading a six-member team in the group representation constituency, told The Straits Times during a market visit on Sunday: "We take all competition seriously. If there is a contest, we will give it our all."
The PAP team is likely to be challenged by a Reform Party (RP) team which unveiled its candidates on Friday, led by activist lawyer M. Ravi and comprising blogger Roy Ngerng .
Entrepreneur Osman Sulaiman, activist Gilbert Goh as well as party volunteers Siva Chandran and Jesse Loo make up the rest of the RP team.
The PAP team in Ang Mo Kio GRC led by Mr Lee garnered 69.3 per cent of valid votes against an RP team in the 2011 general election, making it the best performing GRC.
Asked whether he expects to achieve the same result this time, PM Lee said: "We try our best."
On Sunday, he was accompanied by fellow PAP candidates in the GRC - including new faces Darryl David and Koh Poh Koon, as well as incumbents Mr Gan Thiam Poh, Mr Ang Hin Kee and Dr Intan Azura Mokhtar.
PM Lee spent the morning meeting residents at three different markets, including Punggol South market which has just been drawn into the GRC in the latest review of electoral boundaries. At the various stops, he was stopped by various residents who wanted photos with him.
Mr Lee also told The Straits Times: "I just came over to say hello to the residents and get to know them. I'm very glad to see them in good spirits and businesses doing well."
At the last stop at Ang Mo Kio central, PM Lee launched the town council's new masterplan 'Ang Mo Kio - Sengkang West 2.0'.
Over the next few years, residents can look forward to new facilities and amenities including an upgraded polyclinic and lifts that stop on all floors for more blocks.
Two new MRT stations along the Thomson - East Coast line which will open in phases from 2019, will also run through the GRC.
Asking residents for their continued support for his team, PM Lee told residents: "We look forward to your support for us so that we can work together and continue to make our town, our neighbourhood, our city, our country, better year by year for all of us, and then we will have reason to celebrate national days and anniversaries happily for many years to come."