NSP turns up in force at Tampines walkabout

NSP members (from left) Sebastian Teo, Mohamed Fazli Talip, Lim Tean and Hazel Poa going on a walkabout in Tampines East yesterday. Tampines will be an "area of focus" for the NSP, said party leaders.
NSP members (from left) Sebastian Teo, Mohamed Fazli Talip, Lim Tean and Hazel Poa going on a walkabout in Tampines East yesterday. Tampines will be an "area of focus" for the NSP, said party leaders.ST PHOTO: LIM YAN LIANG

Party declines to reveal its line-up but two were introduced as possible candidates

The National Solidarity Party (NSP) hinted at who may be on its team contesting Tampines GRC when it turned out in force at a walkabout in the constituency yesterday.

But party leaders stressed that they would unveil their team only after the PAP had shown its hand.

Fifteen party members and volunteers turned up for the two-hour walkabout in Tampines East.

Acting secretary-general Hazel Poa and president Sebastian Teo were flanked by branding consultant Mohamed Fazli Talip, 34, and Cambridge-educated lawyer Lim Tean, 50.

Ms Poa, Mr Teo and Mr Fazli all contested in the 2011 polls. Ms Poa and Mr Teo were part of NSP's Chua Chu Kang GRC team, while Mr Fazli was a member of the Workers' Party's East Coast GRC line-up.

Mr Lim, who was a practising lawyer for 17 years, said he has been an NSP member for the past four years. Previously a partner at law firm Rajah and Tann, he left and founded energy resources company Feres in 2007.

Both Mr Lim and Mr Fazli were introduced during the walkabout in Tampines Street 21 as "potential candidates for the NSP".

Asked about their line-up, Ms Poa would only say: "We would prefer for the PAP to reveal its candidates for the constituencies that we are interested in first, before we announce our candidates.

"It is always advantageous to know who you will be running against first before you decide on the final line-up."

But she added that Tampines will be "an area of focus" for the NSP, and that the line-up will be revealed by the end of this month.

The party has contested in Tampines at every election since 1988, except in 1997, when its team was was disqualified.

In 2001 and 2006, it fought there under the Singapore Democratic Alliance banner. It had its best showing in Tampines in 2011, when it got 42.8 per cent of the vote.

At the coming polls, the party said it intends to contest in Tampines GRC and Sembawang GRC, as well as in the Pioneer single-seat ward.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 16, 2015, with the headline 'NSP turns up in force at Tampines walkabout'. Print Edition | Subscribe