SINGAPORE - The People's Action Party (PAP) on Saturday officially unveiled its slate of candidates for Tampines group representative constituency (GRC), with two veteran MPs stepping down to make way for new blood at the coming election.
Mr Desmond Choo and new face Cheng Li Hui will take over from Ms Irene Ng and former minister Mah Bow Tan.
The duo will join Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Masagos Zulkifli, and MP Baey Yam Keng in the five-member team.
Ms Cheng, 38, is deputy chief executive of engineering firm Hai Leck Holdings.
She was made vice-chairman of the Citizen Consultative Committee in Tampines East earlier this year, having understudied Sembawang GRC MPs Ellen Lee and Vikram Nair before that.
Mr Choo, 36, is currently the National Trades Union Congress deputy director. He had lost twice at the polls: in 2011 to the Workers' Party's Mr Yaw Shin Leong; and to the WP's Mr Png Eng Huat in the 2012 by-election called after the party sacked Mr Yaw for refusing to account to it for an alleged extramarital affair.
Mr Mah, who has been an MP since 1988, and Ms Ng, who has been an MP since 2001, both announced their retirement from politics just before National Day this year.
Mr Mah stepped down from the Cabinet following the 2011 elections, during which the price of public housing was a hot-button issue.
Discontent over the then-relentless rise in home prices was seen to have cost the PAP team a convincing win in Tampines GRC in the last election: the PAP team pulled in 57.2 per cent of the votes against a then largely-unknown team from the National Solidarity Party (NSP), a 11.2 per cent vote swing against the incumbents.
The NSP has said it will contest in the GRC again this round but party leaders earlier stressed that they would unveil their team only after the PAP has shown its hand.