GE2015: Singapore Democratic Party's Chee Soon Juan says he will contest election, unveils 2 more candidates

The Singapore Democratic Party secretary-general Chee Soon Juan (centre) introducing ex-political detainee Dr Wong Souk Yee and Mr Sadasivam Veriyah at the party headquarters in Ang Mo Kio on Aug 29, 2015.
The Singapore Democratic Party secretary-general Chee Soon Juan (centre) introducing ex-political detainee Dr Wong Souk Yee and Mr Sadasivam Veriyah at the party headquarters in Ang Mo Kio on Aug 29, 2015.ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Ex-political detainee Dr Poh Soo Kai (in white with yellow-striped shirt) is applauded by SDP supporters at the media conference.
Ex-political detainee Dr Poh Soo Kai (in white with yellow-striped shirt) is applauded by SDP supporters at the media conference.ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Dr Wong Souk Yee has been introduced as a SDP candidate for the upcoming general election.
Dr Wong Souk Yee has been introduced as a SDP candidate for the upcoming general election.ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Mr Sadasivam Veriyah (right) has been introduced as a SDP candidate for the upcoming general election.
Mr Sadasivam Veriyah (right) has been introduced as a SDP candidate for the upcoming general election.ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
SDP secretary-general Chee Soon Juan (centre) introduced ex-political detainee Wong Souk Yee (left) and Mr Sadasivam Veriyah.
SDP secretary-general Chee Soon Juan (centre) introduced ex-political detainee Wong Souk Yee (left) and Mr Sadasivam Veriyah.ST PHOTO: WALTER SIM

SINGAPORE - Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) secretary-general Chee Soon Juan formally announced on Saturday that he will contest the coming election.

He also introduced two more candidates at a press conference at the party headquarters in Ang Mo Kio.

They are ex-political detainee Wong Souk Yee and Mr Sadasivam Veriyah who contested in Sembawang GRC in the last election in 2011.

Eight other SDP candidates have already been introduced, including healthcare administrator Chong Wai Fung and medical professor Paul Tambyah.

The SDP has said it plans to contest the new Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, Holland-Bukit Timah GRC as well as the single-seat wards of Bukit Panjang, Bukit Batok and Yuhua.

The SDP, which launched its campaign in January, has said that it will champion issues relating to the cost of living, the Central Provident Fund (CPF) Minimum Sum, as well as the country's growing population.

The Sept 11 election will also be the first that Dr Chee is set to contest since 2001.

He could not be fielded in 2006 and 2011 because he was declared bankrupt after failing to pay $500,000 in damages for defaming then-Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew and then-Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong during the 2001 general election.

He was cleared of bankruptcy in 2012.