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Singapore GE2020: First woman general Gan Siow Huang, ex-colonel Ang Yong Guan face off in Marymount SMC

Two military veterans - the People’s Action Party's Gan Siow Huang, Singapore’s first female brigadier-general, and the Progress Singapore Party's Dr Ang Yong Guan, a psychiatrist and retired army colonel, will go head to head in Marymount SMC.

People's Action Party newcomer Gan Siow Huang is up against third-time candidate Ang Yong Guan of the Progress Singapore Party. Both served in the SAF and now take the battle to the newly created single-member constituency of Marymount.

First woman general Gan Siow Huang goes from protecting country to serving its citizens

Ms Gan Siow Huang reaching out to residents at a coffee shop in Bishan Street 24 last week. She has been touted as among those slated for higher political office, if elected.

Ms Gan Siow Huang reaching out to residents at a coffee shop in Bishan Street 24 last week. She has been touted as among those slated for higher political office, if elected. ST PHOTO: SHINTARO TAY

Flanked by party activists, Ms Gan Siow Huang strode briskly from table to table at a coffee shop in Bishan Street 22.

At first glance, Singapore's first woman general cut an imposing figure. But the 45-year-old paused often, bending down and chatting warmly with the patrons, even asking some for wefies.

It was two days after Nomination Day, and various memes had popped up after Ms Gan's speech that day - delivered in a commanding tone as she stood ramrod straight. Netizens had a field day with her "war-like" manner.

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Ex-colonel Ang Yong Guan will go the distance against super majority



Dr Ang Yong Guan (in white cap), the PSP's candidate in Marymount SMC, on a walkabout at Bishan North Shopping Mall last Thursday. The man who has run 10 marathons considers politics too as a marathon. ST PHOTO: GIN TAY

At age 65, Dr Ang Yong Guan - the Progress Singapore Party's (PSP) candidate for the new Marymount SMC - has already run 10 marathons in his lifetime.

He is also approaching his 10th year in politics.

The psychiatrist and former army colonel stood as a Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) candidate in Holland-Bukit Timah GRC in 2011, and in Tanjong Pagar GRC in 2015 with the now defunct Singaporeans First party (SingFirst), of which he was a founding member and chairman.

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