GE2015: What you need to know about the rallies on Sunday, Sept 6

Aerial view of the Workers' Party rally for Punggol East SMC on Sept 5, 2015.
Aerial view of the Workers' Party rally for Punggol East SMC on Sept 5, 2015. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

SINGAPORE - Four rallies will held on Sunday (Sept 6) evening with the election campaign at a midway point.

All staged by opposition parties, the four rallies will take place between 7pm and 10pm.

1. Mountbatten SMC by Singapore People's Party at sports field bounded by Stadium Drive and Stadium Boulevard.

SPP candidate Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss, 52, is contesting the single-seat ward against People's Action Party incumbent Lim Biow Chuan, 52, for the second consecutive election.

During the 2011 General Election, Mr Lim beat Ms Chong-Aruldoss - then with the National Solidarity Party - with 58.6 per cent of the votes.

Since the hustings began, both lawyers have been pounding the ground to woo the 24,143 voters in the ward.

2. Radin Mas SMC by Reform Party at Delta Hockey Pitch, 900 Tiong Bahru Road

Reform Party candidate Kumar Appavoo, 46, is in a three-cornered fight with PAP incumbent Sam Tan, 56, and independent candidate Han Hui Hui, 24.

On Friday (Sept 4), RP party chief Kenneth Jeyaretnam said Ms Han has a "creative approach to truth", which was why he did not field her under the RP banner.

Ms Han had claimed in her rally speech that Mr Appavoo lacked assenters on Nomination Day, and that Mr Tan would have had a walkover if she had not stood for election. Mr Jeyaretnam disputed this.

 

3. Yuhua SMC by Singapore Democratic Party at Jurong East Stadium, 21 Jurong East Street 31

The SDP's Jaslyn Go, 43, is squaring off against PAP incumbent Grace Fu, 51 for the single-seat ward, which has 22,617 voters.

Ms Fu had won the 2011 election with 66.9 per cent of the vote. She unveiled a five-year plan for the ward last week, which included national plans such as the Jurong Lake District and municipal ones like improving local connectivity.

4. East Coast GRC by Workers' Party at field in front of Block 155 Simei Road

A fierce battle is expected between the WP and the PAP for the four-member ward, which was the scene of the PAP's closest GRC win in 2011.

The PAP's share of the vote was 54.8 per cent to WP's 45.2 per cent. Having lost Fengshan ward, it is the smallest GRC by number of voters, with 99,118.

The WP team comprises Non-Constituency MP Gerald Giam, 37; National University of Singapore sociology professor Daniel Goh, 42; chief executive of consulting firm Leon Perera, 44; and former public servant Mohamed Fairoz Shariff, 36.

The PAP team comprises Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say, 61, Senior Minister of State Lee Yi Shyan, 53; Minister of State Mohamad Maliki Osman, 50; and backbencher Jessica Tan, 49.