Candidates out on public holiday to woo voters


Both men vying to represent Bukit Batok residents in Parliament made the most of yesterday's public holiday to win hearts and votes ahead of Saturday's by-election. After People's Action Party (PAP) leaders called on voters to consider the character of candidates at the start of the weekend, drawing a riposte from Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) members at their Sunday rally, temperatures cooled down somewhat yesterday. On a walkabout, PAP candidate Murali Pillai (left) gave more details about his healthcare plans for elderly residents, with help from a cooperative that will bring regular medical check-ups to the estate. SDP chief Chee Soon Juan (right), meanwhile, cycled round the estate to meet residents, and pledged to focus on running the town if elected. Asked by reporters about the issue of character, he said it is important but voters can judge for themselves.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 03, 2016, with the headline 'Candidates out on public holiday to woo voters'. Subscribe