Singapore GE2020: Lawrence Wong continues to head PAP's Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC team, new face Hany Soh replaces Ong Teng Koon

(Clockwise) Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong, outgoing MP Ong Teng Koon, new face Hany Soh, Minister of State for Manpower and National Development Zaqy Mohamad and Mr Alex Yam chat at a coffee shop at Block 306A in Woodlands Street 31 on June 28, 2020.ST VIDEO: TOH TING WEI

SINGAPORE - National Development Minister Lawrence Wong will continue to anchor the People's Action Party (PAP) team in the Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC at the upcoming election.

He will be joined by Minister of State for National Development and Manpower Zaqy Mohamad, backbencher Alex Yam and new face Hany Soh.

Two-term MP Ong Teng Koon is not contesting this election.

Mr Wong, 47, announced the slate at a walkabout in the Marsiling ward of the GRC on Sunday (June 28). He had co-anchored the constituency with Madam Halimah Yacob in 2015, when they won 68.7 per cent of the votes against a team from the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP).

“We have put in place plans for the estate, for the town and for the entire GRC which we will be introducing in the coming days. So we seek the support of all our residents so that we can continue to work together to secure our lives, our jobs and our future,” said Mr Wong. 

Mr Zaqy, an incumbent in Chua Chu Kang GRC, is already a familiar face in Marsiling-Yew Tee. The 45-year-old has been helping out as a grassroots adviser after Madam Halimah left in 2017 to contest the presidential election, becoming Singapore's first woman President.

He has recently launched a five-year plan for the Marsiling ward, which will include the building of a new Marsiling Community Club and the upgrading of the Fuchun neighborhood centre.

Mr Yam, 39, will be standing for a third term as an MP. He is currently the executive director of the PAP headquarters and also serves as adviser to the United Workers of Petroleum Industries of the National Trades Union Congress.

Ms Soh, 33, is a director at MSC Law Corporation. During a session introducing new PAP candidates this week, Ms Soh said she came from the Normal (Academic) stream at Bendemeer Secondary School.

She later obtained a diploma in law and management from a polytechnic, and worked as a paralegal before saving enough money to pursue a law degree overseas.

Ms Soh will replace Mr Ong in the Woodgrove ward if elected.

Mr Ong, 43, first stood for elections in 2011. He is the son of former Nee Soon MP Ong Ah Heng.


(Clockwise from top left) National Development Minister Lawrence Wong, Minister of State for National Development and Manpower Zaqy Mohamad, new face Hany Soh and backbencher Alex Yam. PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG, PAP

 
 
 
 

The Singapore Democratic Party, which will contest Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC again, has yet to announce its team.

It was conducting its walkabout at Marsiling MRT station on Sunday morning, just minutes from where the PAP walkabout was taking place.

Three likely candidates - Bryan Lim, Damanhuri Bin Abas and James Gomez - have stepped up walkabouts in the constituency in recent days.

When asked about the prospect of facing off against SDP, Mr Wong said: “We still don’t know who their final slate of candidates are, but we expect them to mount a very strong contest, and we look forward to the competition. 

“We will do our best to present our case to the residents.”