GE2015: What you need to know about the rallies on Wednesday, Sept 9

The crowd at a People's Action Party rally for Sembawang GRC on Sept 7, 2015.
The crowd at a People's Action Party rally for Sembawang GRC on Sept 7, 2015.ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

SINGAPORE - A total of 15 election rallies will be held islandwide from 7pm to 10pm on Wednesday (Sept 9) evening, as parties move into the final day of campaigning.

Mass rallies are not allowed on Thursday, which is Cooling-off Day. The evening rallies include two in the hot battleground of East Coast GRC, by the incumbent People's Action Party (PAP) and Workers' Party (WP).

1. Bukit Panjang SMC by PAP at the field in front of Block 136, Petir Road

The single-seat ward will see PAP incumbent Teo Ho Pin go head to head with Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) candidate Khung Wai Yeen.

Dr Teo has been MP for the ward since 1997. Since it became a single seat in 2006, he has polled well above the PAP's national average - he took 66.3 per cent in 2011.

The ward's 34,317 voters are mainly public housing residents.

2. Jalan Besar GRC by PAP at the field in front of Block 4, Boon Keng Road

Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim and teammates Heng Chee How, Lily Neo and Denise Phua will contest the ward, which was dissolved in 2011 due to the formation of the short-lived Moulmein-Kallang GRC. It makes a return this election.

They face a WP team comprising Mr L Somasundaram, Ms Frieda Chan, Mr Redzwan Hafidz and Mr Adrian Sim.

The GRC has a larger lower-income base, with significant rental housing and a higher-than-average proportion of voters in one- to three-room flats.

3. MacPherson SMC by PAP at the field bounded by the Pan-Island Expressway, Paya Lebar Road and Circuit Road

PAP incumbent Tin Pei Ling is in a three-cornered fight with WP candidate Bernard Chen and the National Solidarity Party's (NSP) Cheo Chai Chen.

MacPherson was carved out of Marine Parade GRC, and has 28,511 voters.

Former opposition MP Cheo sparked a backlash when he said Ms Tin's new status as a mother was a weakness. He later said he was joking.

Meanwhile, WP's Chen has outlined proposals to help the elderly in the ward, including pairing residents with general practitioners so that they can get timely medical help.


4. Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC by PAP at Woodlands Stadium, 1 Woodlands Street 12

Minister Lawrence Wong and Parliament Speaker Halimah Yacob are leading a team that also includes backbenchers Ong Teng Koon and Alex Yam.

They face a Singapore Democratic Party team formed by Mr Bryan Lim, Mr John Tan, Mr Damanhuri Abas and Ms Wong Souk Yee.

This GRC is new, created in response to a slew of new public housing projects in the north. Though untested, it covers northern areas generally viewed to be supportive of the PAP.

5. Potong Pasir SMC by PAP at the field opposite Block 120, Potong Pasir Avenue 1

PAP incumbent Sitoh Yih Pin narrowly won the seat in 2011, defeating Mrs Lina Chiam from the SPP by a mere 114 votes.

The two will go head to head again this round.

Mr Chiam See Tong had held the single-seat ward since 1984, till he left to contest Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC in 2011.

6. East Coast GRC by PAP at the field in front of Block 155, Simei Road

7. East Coast GRC by WP at Bedok Stadium, 1 Bedor North Street 2

A fierce battle is expected between the WP and the PAP for the four-member ward, which was the scene of the PAP's closest GRC win in 2011.

The PAP's share of the vote was 54.8 per cent to WP's 45.2 per cent. Having lost Fengshan ward, it is the smallest GRC by number of voters, with 99,118.

The WP team comprises Non-Constituency MP Gerald Giam, 37; National University of Singapore sociology professor Daniel Goh, 42; chief executive of consulting firm Leon Perera, 44; and former public servant Mohamed Fairoz Shariff, 36.

The PAP team comprises Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say, 61, Senior Minister of State Lee Yi Shyan, 53; Minister of State Mohamad Maliki Osman, 50; and backbencher Jessica Tan, 49.

8. Ang Mo Kio GRC by Reform Party (RP) at the field in front of Block 982, Buangkok Crescent

The RP team of lawyer M. Ravi, Mr Roy Ngerng, Mr Gilbert Goh, Mr Jesse Loo, Mr Siva Chandran and Mr Osman Sulaiman will contest the PAP stronghold helmed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

PM Lee's teammates are Mr Ang Hin Kee, Ms Intan Azura Mokhtar, Mr Gan Thiam Poh, Dr Koh Poh Koon and Mr Darryl David.

Ang Mo Kio GRC had the highest PAP vote share for a GRC in 2011 - 69.3 per cent.

9. Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC by Singapore People's Party (SPP) at Bishan Stadium, 7 Bishan Street 14

The Singapore People's Party (SPP) team is formed by Mr Benjamin Pwee, Mr Hamim Aliyas, Mr Law Kim Hwee, Mr Abdillah Zamzuri and Mr Bryan Long.

They face a five-member PAP team comprising Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, Senior Minister of State Josephine Teo, and new faces Mr Saktiandi Supaat, Mr Chong Kee Hiong and Mr Chee Hong Tat.

The SPP has campaigned on the thrust that they are more in touch with the ground, and are also seeking to tap on the brand name of retired opposition veteran Chiam See Tong. Mr Chiam left Potong Pasir to contest Bishan-Toa Payoh in 2011, getting 43.1 per cent of the vote to the PAP's 56.9 per cent.

In his rally speech on Tuesday (Sept 8), Dr Ng said Singaporeans should put aside their political differences after Polling Day and come together to address problems facing the country.

10. Chua Chu Kang GRC by People's Power Party (PPP) at the field of Chua Chu Kang Secondary School, 3 Teck Whye Crescent

Led by Mr Goh Meng Seng, the PPP will contest the four-member group representation constituency against a PAP team anchored by Health Minister Gan Kim Yong.

Mr Goh's teammates are Ms Low Wai Choo, Mr Lee Tze Shih and Mr Syafarin Sarif.

The PAP slate comprises Mr Gan, Ms Low Yen Ling, Mr Zaqy Mohamad and Mr Yee Chia Hsing.

The former five-member GRC lost Mr Alex Yam's Yew Tee ward to Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC in the recent boundary changes. The PAP got 61.2 per cent of the vote against the NSP in 2011.

11. Holland-Bukit Timah GRC by SDP at the field in front of Block 204, Clementi Avenue 6

Pundits are expecting a fierce fight between the PAP team of Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Ms Sim Ann, Mr Liang Eng Hwa and Mr Chris De Souza, and an SDP team led by party chief Chee Soon Juan.

Dr Chee's teammates are Dr Paul Tambyah, Mr Sidek Mallek and Ms Chong Wai Fung.

Holland-Bukit Timah GRC has the highest share of private housing. The PAP took 60.1 per cent of the vote in 2011 against the SDP.

12. Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC by Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) at the field at Pasir Ris Park, beside Carpark C

The SDA team comprises party chief Desmond Lim Bak Chuan, Mr Ong Teik Seng, Mr Abu Mohamed, Mr Wong Way Weng, Mr Harminder Pal Singh and Mr Arthero Lim Tung Hee.

They face a PAP team that includes Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, Minister of State Teo Ser Luck, former chief of defence force Ng Chee Meng, Mr Zainal Sapari, Mr Janil Puthucheary and Ms Sun Xueling.

The SDA is contesting Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC for the third time. The PAP team won in the 2011 General Election with 64.79 per cent of the vote.

13. Radin Mas SMC by RP at Delta Hockey Pitch, 900 Tiong Bahru Road

Reform Party candidate Kumar Appavoo, 46, is in a three-cornered fight with PAP incumbent Sam Tan, 56, and independent candidate Han Hui Hui, 24.

14. Tampines GRC by National Solidarity Party (NSP) at the field of Ngee Ann Secondary School, 1 Tampines Street 32

The National Solidarity Party team is fielding a team comprising legal consultant Lim Tean, party president Sebastian Teo, Mr Reno Fong, Ms Nor Lella Mardiiiah Mohamed and Mr Choong Hon Heng.

The PAP's Tampines team is led by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat and includes Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Masagos Zulkifli, Mr Baey Yam Keng and newcomers Desmond Choo and Cheng Li Hui.

The NSP, which contested Tampines GRC in 2011 and garnered 42.8 per cent of the vote, hopes to do better this year.

15. Tanjong Pagar GRC by SingFirst at Queenstown Stadium, 473A Stirling Road 

The SingFirst team is led by party chief Tan Jee Say, who is joined by Mr Ang Yong Guan, Mr Melvyn Chiu, Mr Chirag Desai and Mr Fahmi Rais.

They face a PAP team led by labour chief Chan Chun Sing, whose teammates are Senior Minister of State Indranee Rajah, Dr Chia Shi-Lu, 4, Ms Joan Pereira and Mr Melvin Yong.

Tanjong Pagar GRC is the home ground of founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, who was an MP in Tanjong Pagar ward from 1955 till his death this year.

The GRC is being contested for the first time since it was formed in 1991, and was the only constituency uncontested in 2011.