GE2020: PAP to battle it out with Peoples Voice in Jalan Besar GRC

Manpower Minister Josephine Teo will lead a refresh PAP team to contest Jalan Besar GRC against a Peoples Voice team led by party chief Lim Tean. PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG, FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - A Peoples Voice (PV) team led by party chief Lim Tean will contest Jalan Besar GRC, going against a refreshed PAP team led by Manpower Minister Josephine Teo.

Mrs Teo's team will include Mr Heng Chee How, 58, Ms Denise Phua, 59 and PAP new face Wan Rizal Wan Zakariah, 42.

PV, which has carried out its outreach in the area largely under the radar, revealed its full slate for the GRC for the first time on Nomination Day (June 30).

The PV team includes blogger and financial adviser Leong Sze Hian, 66, Mr Nor Azlan Bin Sulaiman, 49, who certifies halal items, and Mr Michael Fang Amin, 43, a medical administrator and entrepreneur.

Mr Lim said the team has been walking the ground in Jalan Besar since February last year (2019), and has been well received by residents.

He said: "That's why we are confident, we sent a very strong team here...We are not here to make up the numbers, we are here to win."

He added that the party is not concerned about who it is facing in elections.

PV's message about putting people first, Mr Lim said, will have "tremendous appeal" to the people of Jalan Besar.

He said: "We believe that our principles are right, our core values are right, and our message is correct. And with that, we can march into battle confidently against anyone.

"If the Prime Minister had chosen to come here, I would have been here leading a team as well."

The PAP team for Jalan Besar did not speak to the media after submitting their nomination papers.

Mrs Teo, after spending three terms in Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, will be taking over the Kreta Ayer - Kim Seng ward from five-term MP Lily Neo.

Polytechnic lecturer Wan Rizal is replacing former communications and information minister Yaacob Ibrahim in Kolam Ayer. Both Dr Neo and Dr Yaacob are retiring from politics.

In the 2015 election, the People's Action Party team in Jalan Besar led by Dr Yaacob clinched 67.7 per cent of the votes against the Workers' Party.

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