GE2015: 7 Things Spotted On The Campaign Trail, Sept 8 Edition

Dr Chee taking a picture with Mr Leow Wee Yee, his wife and baby at Bukit Timah Food Centre on Sept 8, 2015. ST PHOTO: IDAYU SUPARTO

1. SAY "CHEE-SE"!

Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chief Chee Soon Juan's political comeback this election has been burnished by his new friendly and approachable image.

He was seen taking photos with residents during his morning walkabout at Bukit Timah Food Centre on Tuesday (Sept 8), flashing his trademark wide grin. And he has been a crowd-puller too, with many residents requesting a photo or selfie with him.

Dr Chee taking a picture with a family at Bukit Timah Food Centre on Sept 8, 2015. ST PHOTO: IDAYU SUPARTO

2. FOOD COMES BEFORE POLITICS

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The SDP team led by Dr Chee is always popular during the walkabouts, with many residents asking for photos with the members, especially with Dr Chee.

But at a popular fishball noodle stall in Bukit Timah Food Centre on Tuesday morning, none of the customers were willing to give up their spot in the queue to have a Kodak moment with the candidates. Sorry Dr Chee, food comes first.

3. GETTING SOCIAL OVER KOPI

Mr Low speaking with Mr Koh (middle) and another resident on Sept 8, 2015. ST PHOTO: KOR KIAN BENG

One of them, 64-year-old taxi driver Jason Koh, took some photos with the politician and immediately posted them on Facebook.

"Wow, you've got Facebook? I don't even have one," said an impressed Mr Low.

4. A FAN FOR FANS

The audience at the PAP's lunchtime rally at the UOB Plaza promenade on Sept 8, 2015. ST PHOTO: YEO SAM JO

"I can't see the speakers from where I am, but I'm listening. I'm lucky to have the fan right in front of me," she said.

Given the mid-day heat, she was very lucky indeed.

5. UNUSUAL SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITY

Lilin Nanami Teo, seven, at the PAP lunchtime rally on Sept 8, 2015. She came with her grandmother to support PM Lee. ST PHOTO: YEO SAM JO
Children at the PAP afternoon rally on Sept 8, 2015. ST PHOTO: YEO SAM JO
PM Lee speaking at the afternoon rally on Sept 8, 2015. ST PHOTO: JOANNA SEOW

With a busy schedule like his, one can imagine that PM Lee Hsien Loong must be fast on his feet. And at changing clothes, as we discovered. He can change his shirt in less than three minutes, based on our estimate.

PM Lee taking a picture with a supporter after the Sept 8 afternoon rally ended. ST PHOTO: LI XUEYING

It is understood that he changed his shirt in a nearby tent.

7. IT'S A SIGN, OR TWO, OR THREE

Ms Hanna Omar, 26, a sign language interpreter with the Singapore Association for the Deaf at the PAP afternoon rally on Sept 8, 2015. ST PHOTO: JOANNA SEOW

Two sign language interpreters were on stage during the lunchtime rally by the PAP to sign to a group of hearing-impaired people in the audience.

They were Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf) sign language interpreters Teo Zhi Xiong, 23, and Hanna Omar, 26.

The SADeaf staff have been providing sign services for quite a few of the rallies in the past week of campaigning, including for the National Solidarity Party and SingFirst. To check which rallies have sign interpreters, go to SADeaf's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SADeafSG.

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