Singapore GE2020: Peoples Voice introduces candidates

Mr Leong Sze Hian and Ms Vigneswari V. Ramachandran are part of the Peoples Voice party teams contesting Jalan Besar GRC and Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC respectively. PHOTOS: PEOPLES VOICE
Mr Leong Sze Hian and Ms Vigneswari V. Ramachandran are part of the Peoples Voice party teams contesting Jalan Besar GRC and Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC respectively. PHOTOS: PEOPLES VOICE

The Peoples Voice party has started to introduce its slate of candidates online, through videos posted on its Facebook page.

Yesterday, it posted videos of two of its 10 candidates, with the rest to follow in the days ahead, said the party, which is contesting two GRCs and one SMC.

The duo are blogger and financial adviser Leong Sze Hian, 66, one of its four candidates running for Jalan Besar GRC, and pre-school teacher Vigneswari V. Ramachandran, 38, who is in a five-member team contesting in Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC.

The party had been tight-lipped about its line-up until Nomination Day on Tuesday, when it confirmed that it was contesting single seat Mountbatten as well.

Yesterday, the candidates were campaigning in their respective constituencies.

At Jalan Besar GRC, Mr Leong was campaigning in Bendemeer Market and Food Centre with fellow team member Nor Azlan Sulaiman, 48, who runs a halal certification consultancy business.

The duo said they have been frequenting the area and speaking to residents since last year.

They told The Straits Times their focus is on bread and butter issues, such as the growing unemployment rate among Singaporeans.

"It's about getting the voices of the people heard," Mr Nor Azlan added.

The other two members of the team are party chief and lawyer Lim Tean, 55, and Mr Michael Fang Amin, 43, a medical administrator and entrepreneur.


LEONG SZE HIAN, 66

Financial adviser

Mr Leong told The Straits Times he spent the last 20 years analysing Singapore's policies and data points, and writing about them on his personal blog.

He said he readily agreed to join Peoples Voice when he was approached by party chief Lim Tean, who had defended him when he was sued for defamation by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in 2018.

In his introductory video, Mr Leong said he has seen many people in Singapore struggling to make ends meet. He criticised the Government for calling the election amid the coronavirus pandemic, and wants the Government to provide daily figures of the number of people who have been tested for Covid-19.

Mr Leong added that he has been the chairman and president of four professional bodies, including a non-governmental organisation.

"My experience, I hope, can help to bring more transparency and accountability in Parliament."


VIGNESWARI V. RAMACHANDRAN, 38

Pre-school teacher

Having been a pre-school teacher for 12 years, Ms Vigneswari, said she has witnessed how stressful the Singapore education system is.

If elected, she will fight for change for Singaporeans, she said in her video.

"I will speak up on the costly childcare fees, and the rising cost of living. I will help you with your issues to the best of my abilities," she added.

She said the challenges and difficulties faced by ordinary Singaporeans often go unnoticed by an "elitist" People's Action Party.

But the Peoples Voice "puts you, your family and your generations to come, first", she added.

"When we have alternative voices in Parliament, we will have more social justice and accountability," she said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 02, 2020, with the headline 'Peoples Voice introduces candidates'. Print Edition | Subscribe