SINGAPORE - The first rallies in the Bukit Batok by-election kicked off on Friday (April 29) night, with both sides striving to show why they can do a better job in running the constituency's town council.
The People's Action Party (PAP) pointed to its trustworthy track record that has turned the once-rural area to a "beautiful housing estate'' with a close-knit community.
The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) trotted out a plan that aims to show that preparations are in place to take over the town council.
Its candidate Chee Soon Juan: told residents: "Running the town council will allow the SDP to shine and demonstrate our competence."
He also pledged greater transparency and governance in running the town council, adding: "We want to surpass them''.
The character of PAP's candidate Murali Pillai was a top focus of two speakers.
Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob said Mr Murali will be an
effective voice for the residents, with independent views.
Minister Grace Fu spoke of his sincere, humble and committed character, his 16 years of grassroots work and added: "He will
be able to deliver on promises.''
She also warned residents to beware of anyone who "plays the racial card, asking Chinese residents to vote for Chinese only".
"I hope this is not the position taken by SDP and hope they will clarify this position," she said.