Singapore GE2020: Tin Pei Ling to defend seat in MacPherson against opposition veteran Goh Meng Seng

PAP's Tin Pei Ling will defend her seat in MacPherson against opposition veteran PPP's Goh Meng Seng. PHOTOS: LIANHE ZAOBAO FILE, ALPHONSUS CHERN

SINGAPORE - The PAP's Ms Tin Pei Ling will be defending her seat in MacPherson SMC against opposition veteran Goh Meng Seng from the People's Power Party (PPP).

Both candidates successfully filed their nomination papers on Tuesday (June 30) at Kong Hwa School, a nomination centre along Guillemard Road.

In her thank you speech, Ms Tin said: "This election is about your lives, your jobs, your future and about who has the best ability to help you through this difficult time. Please, let me serve you."

She added: "I firmly believe that what differentiates between a place and a home is the people and the community that we have; a sense of togetherness, that sense of care...that is unique to us in MacPherson. And I want to continue to build on this because I care about MacPherson."

Mr Goh hinted that his campaign will be related to issues about aging flats and the diminishing value of flats in MacPherson.

"PAP (said) that your HDB flats will forever increase in value, but is this true in MacPherson?" he said, during a media interview later on Tuesday.

"A three-room flat in MacPherson may not have a buyer because it's over 40 years old. Even if you want to do a lease buy back from the government it's too old and has very little value," he said, urging voters to give him a voice in Parliament to address these issues.

MacPherson, which was merged with Marine Parade GRC in 1991, became a single-member constituency again in 2015.

Ms Tin, 36, was first elected in 2011, and in 2015, won a three-cornered fight for MacPherson with 65.6 per cent of the votes.

For Mr Goh, a principal consultant at market research and consultancy company Whiz Research and Consultancy, this is his fourth time contesting a general election, and his first time contesting a single seat.

He has said this will be the last general election he will contest.

Mr Goh made his debut as a candidate in 2006, when he contested Aljunied group representation constituency with the Workers' Party.

In 2011, he contested Tampines GRC on the National Solidarity Party ticket and in 2015, he formed PPP.

He led a group of candidates who contested Chua Chu Kang GRC and lost to the PAP team helmed by Health Minister Gan Kim Yong. PAP secured 76.89 per cent of the vote.

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