Gearing up for the General Election

Entrepreneur a likely SDP candidate for Yuhua

Ms Jaslyn Go (at left) with a resident during a party walkabout at Yuhua Village Market and Food Centre in Jurong East yesterday.
Ms Jaslyn Go (at left) with a resident during a party walkabout at Yuhua Village Market and Food Centre in Jurong East yesterday.ST PHOTO: WALTER SIM

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) yesterday introduced entrepreneur Jaslyn Go as its likely candidate to contest Yuhua SMC in the coming general election.

Ms Chee Siok Chin - sister of SDP chief Chee Soon Juan - was overheard saying, "meet our candidate", when introducing Ms Go to residents during a walkabout at Yuhua Village Market and Food Centre in Jurong East.

Dr Chee, who was not at the walkabout yesterday, had said previously that the SDP would be contesting Holland-Bukit Timah GRC and Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, as well as the single-seat wards of Bukit Panjang, Bukit Batok and Yuhua at the next polls, likely to be held next month.

Both Ms Chee and Ms Go, 42, sit on the SDP central executive committee. When asked by reporters, neither would confirm if Ms Go would contest Yuhua SMC.

If made official, Yuhua residents will get to choose between two female candidates in as many general elections since the ward was carved out from Jurong GRC in 2011.

Ms Grace Fu, who is Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, had announced last Saturday that she will be defending the ward, where she has been serving as MP since 2006.

But this would not be the first time Ms Go is tipped to be the party's candidate for Yuhua SMC.

Some party members had said in the run-up to the 2011 polls that she would be fielded there, but she was replaced by Ms Teo Soh Lung, a former detainee under the Internal Security Act. Ms Teo, a retired lawyer, later lost to Ms Fu at the polls, with the incumbent winning 66.9 per cent of the vote.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 24, 2015, with the headline 'Entrepreneur a likely SDP candidate for Yuhua'. Print Edition | Subscribe