GE2015: What you need to know about the rallies on Tuesday, Sept 8

Singapore Democratic Party's rally for Bukit Batok SMC held at the field in front of Blk 265 Toh Guan Road on Sept 7, 2015.
Singapore Democratic Party's rally for Bukit Batok SMC held at the field in front of Blk 265 Toh Guan Road on Sept 7, 2015.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - The People's Action Party (PAP) will stage seven of the 12 election rallies on Tuesday (Sept 8), including a lunchtime one in the city from 12pm to 2pm.

The other 11 rallies will be held in the evening from 7pm to 10pm.

1. PAP at the promenade area beside UOB Plaza

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is one of the party speakers who will address the lunchtime crowd in the CBD.

The UOB Plaza promenade has symbolic significance as it is the successor venue to Fullerton Square, where founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew spoke from the 1960s to the 1980s, delivering some of his most stirring speeches.

It is also the only site available for lunchtime rallies. The Singapore Democratic Party held the first lunchtime rally on Monday (Sept 7).

2. Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC by PAP at Toa Payoh Stadium, 297 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh

The five-member PAP team comprises Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, Senior Minister of State Josephine Teo, and new faces Mr Saktiandi Supaat, Mr Chong Kee Hiong and Mr Chee Hong Tat.

They are facing a Singapore People's Party (SPP) team formed by Mr Benjamin Pwee, Mr Hamim Aliyas, Mr Law Kim Hwee, Mr Abdillah Zamzuri and Mr Bryan Long.

The SPP has campaigned on the thrust that they are more in touch with the ground, and are also seeking to tap on the brand name of retired opposition veteran Chiam See Tong.

Mr Chiam left Potong Pasir to contest Bishan-Toa Payoh in 2011, getting 43.1 per cent of the vote to the PAP's 56.9 per cent.

Meanwhile, Dr Ng has reiterated that a strong government is in Singapore's interest, as it would be able to shape and implement flexible policies to meet the diverse needs of Singaporeans.

 

3. Hong Kah North SMC by PAP at the field of former Hong Kah Primary School, 1 Bukit Batok West Avenue 2

Senior Minister of State Amy Khor will contest the single-seat ward against blogger Ravi Philemon from the SPP.

The PAP saw its best performance in Hong Kah North in 2011, with Dr Khor taking 70.6 per cent of the vote.

In his election manifesto, Mr Philemon said he would be a full-time Member of Parliament, hold three Meet-the-People Sessions a week, and lobby for more bus services, among other things.

Dr Khor, who shared a five-year plan for the ward last month that included more than $80 million worth of estate upgrades, said she intends to cover "every nook and corner" of the ward to meet voters.

4. Mountbatten SMC by PAP at the sports field bounded by Stadium Drive and Stadium Boulevard

PAP incumbent Lim Biow Chuan, 52, will face SPP candidate Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss, 52, for the second consecutive election.

During the 2011 General Election, Mr Lim beat Mrs 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 21,143 voters in the ward.

Both have found it difficult to reach out to residents living in the 102 condominiums and private apartments in the single-seat ward, who account for about 42 per cent of the vote.

5. Nee Soon GRC by PAP at Yishun Stadium, 103 Yishun Avenue 1

Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam leads a team that includes Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Ms Lee Bee Wah, and new faces Louis Ng and Henry Kwek.

They face a WP team comrpising Mr Kenneth Foo, Ms Cheryl Denise Loh, Mr Luke Koh, Mr Ron Tan and Mr Gurmit Singh.

Mr Singh told a rally last week that a foreign minister "can be dispensable" - a reference to how the WP unseated then Foreign Minister George Yeo in Aljunied GRC in 2011.

In response, Mr Shanmugam said: "I suspect if you ask Mr Gurmit Singh, he will tell you that all the ministers in the different GRCs... are all dispensable. And I think that's a matter for Singaporeans to judge."

6. Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC by PAP at the field beside Pasir Ris Park, beside Carpark C

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean helms a PAP team that includes former chief of defence force Ng Chee Meng, Minister of State Teo Ser Luck, Mr Zainal Sapari, Mr Janil Puthucheary and Ms Sun Xueling.

The PAP team won in the 2011 General Election with 64.79 per cent of the vote.

The SDA team comprises party chief Desmond Lim Bak Chuan, Mr Ong Teik Seng, Mr Abu Mohamed, Mr Wong Way Weng, Mr Harminder Pal Singh, and Mr Arthero Lim Tung Hee.

Mr Arthero Lim has made music videos to drive home his points about issues such as CPF.

The SDA is contesting Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC for the third time.

7. Tampines GRC by PAP at the field of Ngee Ann Secondary School, 1 Tampines Street 32

The PAP's Tampines team is led by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat and includes Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Masagos Zulkifli, Mr Baey Yam Keng and newcomers Desmond Choo and Cheng Li Hui.

They face a National Solidarity Party team formed by legal consultant Lim Tean, party president Sebastian Teo, Mr Reno Fong, Nor Lella Mardiiiah Mohamed and Mr Choong Hon Heng.

Nor Lella and Mr Teo have brought up Malay issues such as education for needy Malay families while on the campaign trail.

Mr Heng has announced development plans for the town, including an integrated town hub which will house a wealth of facilities, including a library, sports centre and hawker centre all under one roof when it opens next year.

The NSP, which contested Tampines GRC in 2011 and garnered 42.8 per cent of the vote, hopes to do better this year.

8. Aljunied GRC by Workers' Party at Serangoon Stadium, 33 Yio Chu Kang Road

The incumbent WP team comprises party chief Low Thia Khiang, party chairman Sylvia Lim, Mr Pritam Singh, Mr Chen Show Mao and Mr Muhamad Faisal Abdul Manap.

They face a PAP team that includes backbencher Yeo Guat Kwang and new faces Victor Lye, Shamsul Kamar, K. Muralidharan Pillai and Mr Chua Eng Leong.

Both PM Lee and Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong have visited the ward during the hustings, in a bid to shore up support for the PAP team.

Aljunied GRC made history in 2011 as the first GRC to be won by an opposition party.

The WP took 54.7 per cent of the vote and ousted two Cabinet ministers.

9. Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC by Singapore Democratic Party at Woodlands Stadium, 1 Woodlands Street 12

Minister Lawrence Wong and Parliament Speaker Halimah Yacob are leading a team that also includes backbenchers Ong Teng Koon and Alex Yam.

They face a Singapore Democratic Party team formed by Mr Bryan Lim, Mr John Tan, Mr Damanhuri Abas and Ms Wong Souk Yee.

This GRC is new, created in response to a slew of new public housing projects in the north. Though untested, it covers northern areas generally viewed to be supportive of the PAP.

10. Potong Pasir SMC by Singapore People's Party at the field opposite Block 120 Potong Pasir Avenue 1

PAP incumbent Sitoh Yih Pin narrowly won the seat in 2011, defeating Mrs Lina Chiam from the SPP by a mere 114 votes.

The two will go head to head again this round.

Mr Chiam See Tong had held the single-seat ward since 1984, till he left to contest Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC in 2011.

11. Radin Mas SMC by independent candidate Han Hui Hui at Delta Hockey Pitch, 900 Tiong Bahru Road

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

Last week, Ms Han 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. RP party chief Kenneth Jeyaretnam disputed this and said Ms Han has a "creative approach to truth", which was why he did not field her under the RP banner.

12. Sembawang GRC by National Solidarity Party at the field opposite Block 687A, Woodlands Drive 75

The NSP team is formed by Mr Spencer Ng, Mr Eugene Yeo, Ms Kevryn Lim, Mr Yadzeth Haris and Mr Abdul Rasheed.

The PAP team in Sembawang comprises National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan, backbenchers Lim Wee Kiak and Vikram Nair, new face Amrin Amin and Mr Ong Ye Kung, who contested Aljunied GRC in the 2011 elections.

In an impassioned rally speech on Monday (Sept 7) where she became tearful, Ms Lim called for parenthood benefits for single parents and maternity leave for single mothers.

In a PAP rally on Monday, Mr Ong said voters have the power to "write the last chapter of the PAP, or write the first chapter of a new PAP". The PAP candidates also cited municipal improvements in the constituency.

Sembawang GRC lost Marsiling ward but gained Canberra and parts of Nee Soon East in the boundary changes.

The PAP won with 63.9 per cent of the vote in 2011.