Singapore GE2020: What are the election rallies to catch online today?


SINGAPORE - No physical rallies are allowed with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, but the battle for Singaporeans' votes continues online.

Political parties have started their e-rallies. Here's a summary of the key ones lined up each day.

Follow our full coverage of GE2020.

Wednesday, July 8

12pm: The People's Action Party's Potong Pasir SMC candidate Sitoh Yih Pin held an online rally.

7pm: The last slew of constituency political broadcasts for Tampines GRC, Tanjong Pagar GRC, West Coast GRC, Yio Chu Kang SMC and Yuhua SMC were aired.

7pm: Red Dot United, who is contesting Jurong GRC, held an e-rally.

7.30pm: The Reform Party held an e-rally to unveil its five-point plan.

8pm: The Progress Singapore Party held "Final Talkshow" this election, which featured some of its candidates including party chief Tan Cheng Bock and assistant secretary-general Leong Mun Wai.

8pm: Singapore People's Party candidate for Potong Pasir SMC Jose Raymond held an e-rally on his Facebook page.

8pm: PAP's candidates for Marymount SMC and Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC held an e-rally.

9.30pm: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong held a round-up of this election for the PAP in a Facebook live show.

Tuesday, July 7

12.30pm: Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam spoke about the strategies for an inclusive society on Straight Talk with PAP. Read full story here.

6.30pm: Labour chief Ng Chee Meng, who is helming the PAP's Sengkang GRC team, was on Singapore Press Holdings' Chinese Media Group's Face the Voters live show.

7pm: PAP's candidate for MacPherson SMC Ms Tin Pei Ling held an e-rally on her Facebook page.

7pm: Constituency political broadcasts for Pioneer SMC, Potong Pasir SMC, Punggol West SMC, Radin Mas SMC, Sembawang GRC and Sengkang GRC were aired on 19 TV and radio channels. Among the topics covered by candidates were issues they would speak up on if they were elected and areas of improvement they would look to introduce to the constituencies.

8pm: The Workers' Party held its daily Hammer Show, which was streamed on its Facebook page, where they discussed how policies can be better improved to support hardworking Singaporean families.

8pm: PAP's Mr Murali Pillai, who is contesting Bukit Batok SMC, addressed voters in an e-rally. He spoke about his work since being elected in 2016 and his plans for the constituency.

8pm: The PAP slate of candidates for Nee Soon GRC will spoke in an e-rally.

8.30pm: SDP chief and Bukit Batok SMC candidate Chee Soon Juan livestreamed an e-rally on his Facebook page, where he spoke about how his party plans to fund its "Four Yes, One No" campaign.

9pm: PPP's MacPherson SMC candidate Goh Meng Seng held a Facebook live session.

9.30pm: The PAP team in Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC spoke in their second e-rally, where they discussed "Securing Our Home & Our Future" and shared their campaigning experiences.

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Monday, July 6

12pm: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke at the People's Action Party (PAP) lunchtime rally, which was streamed live on Facebook and YouTube. Read more here.

3pm: PAP's candidate for MacPherson SMC, Ms Tin Pei Ling, held a Facebook live session, where she was joined by Sunseap Group chief executive officer, Mr Frank Phuan and talked about a new initiative to subsidise electricity bills for 100 low-income households in the ward.

6.30pm: Progress Singapore Party's candidate for Hong Kah North, Ms Gigene Wong, was the guest on the daily live interview series titled Face The Voters, which is by Singapore Press Holdings' Chinese Media Group.

7pm: Constituency political broadcasts for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, Marymount SMC, Mountbatten SMC, Nee Soon GRC and Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC were aired on 19 TV and radio channels.

8pm: Progress Singapore Party's candidates for West Coast GRC and Pioneer SMC spoke in an e-rally, where they highlighted issues such as medical costs, CPF and inequality.

8pm: The PAP slate for Bishan-Toa Payoh held an e-rally on the needs of youth and young families.

8pm: The Workers' Party held its daily Hammer Show, where candidates highlighted issues facing Singaporean workers today and the WP's proposals to build a more resilient and innovative workforce, set against the aftermath of Covid-19.

8.30pm: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the other PAP candidates for Ang Mo Kio GRC discussed their plans for the constituency in an session streamed on Facebook.

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Sunday, July 5

10am: The PAP slate for Sembawang GRC held its e-rally on Facebook.

3pm: The PAP's Sembawang GRC candidate Vikram Nair hosted a Facebook live session on his page.

6.30pm: Mr Charles Yeo, who is part of Reform Party's slate contesting Ang Mo Kio GRC, spoke on Singapore Press Holdings' Chinese Media Group's video series Face the Voters.

7pm: Constituency political broadcasts for Jalan Besar GRC, Jurong GRC, Kebun Baru SMC, MacPherson SMC and Marine Parade GRC were aired on 19 TV and radio channels. Candidates covered various topics, including how they will forge unity within diverse constituencies, and how they will help those who are more vulnerable in the community.

7pm: Red Dot United's Jurong GRC slate livestreamed its e-rally on Facebook, where they outlined key tenets of the party's charter, and highlighted its hopes to improve Singaporeans' quality of life

8pm: PAP's Marymount SMC candidate Gan Siow Huang held an e-rally on Facebook, which also featured Manpower Minister Josephine Teo and former MP Ibrahim Othman.

8pm: Progress Singapore Party (PSP) candidates for Chua Chu Kang GRC, Hong Kah North SMC and Marymount SMC featured in the party's third e-rally.

8pm: The Workers' Party held its daily Hammer Show, where candidates touched on topics including the challenges faced by women and working mothers, gender diversity, gender wage gap, discrimination faced by women at the workplace, and how the WP hopes to address these issues.

9.30pm: PSP's Terence Soon, who is contesting Tanjong Pagar GRC, held an Ask Me Anything session on Instagram.

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Saturday, July 4

12.30pm: The PAP slate for East Coast GRC held its second e-rally, where Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat and the other four candidates shared personal anecdotes about parenthood and ageing, linking these to the challenges that many Singaporeans face in both areas. Read more here.

4.30pm: PAP's Sengkang team held a Facebook live session, which was joined by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The candidates addressed questions from Facebook comments, including the government schemes available to help those unemployed or looking for jobs, and schools for children with special needs .

6.30pm: A daily live interview series titled Face The Voters by Singapore Press Holdings' Chinese Media Group. The guest was Dr Koh Poh Koon, who is contesting Tampines GRC.

7pm: Constituency political broadcasts for Chua Chu Kang, East Coast and Holland-Bukit Timah GRCs, and Hong Kah North and Hougang SMCs aired 19 TV and radio channels.

Jobs and businesses were the hot topics for East Coast GRC, as both the PAP and WP made their pitch to voters. If elected, his team will work to keep Singaporeans in jobs, connect businesses with global opportunities, and meet needs on the ground, said Mr Heng. The WP team, led by lawyer Terence Tan, called for "bold structural and fiscal reforms" to make local businesses and households financially self-reliant and the economy buoyant.

8pm: The WP held its e-rally, The Hammer Show, which was broadcast on Facebook.

8pm: The Progress Singapore Party held an e-rally for Nee Soon GRC and Yio Chu Kang SMC.

9pm: Independent candidate Cheang Peng Wah hosted his e-rally, where he talked about his plans for Pioneer SMC and the need for a "third voice" in Parliament alongside the ruling party and opposition parties.

Friday, July 3

6.30pm: A daily live interview series titled Face The Voters by Singapore Press Holdings' Chinese Media Group. Singapore Democratic Party's Bryan Lim was the guest.

7pm: The first slew of constituency political broadcasts aired evening across 19 TV and radio channels.These are the five constituencies were Aljunied GRC, Ang Mo Kio GRC, Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, Bukit Batok SMC and Bukit Panjang SMC.

Mr Pritam Singh of the Worker's Party, who is the incumbent MP of Aljunied GRC, reiterated a key theme of his party's campaign: that a strong opposition presence is important and there is a need to have elected opposition MPs in Parliament.

The PAP team in its broadcast, on the other hand, argued that community should come before politics. PAP's candidate for Aljunied GRC Victor Lye said: "Aljunied is yours - not someone's political hostage". Read more here.

8pm: The Progress Singapore Party held its first e-rally, featuring candidates for Tanjong Pagar GRC and Kebun Baru SMC. The candidates were Mr Michael Chua, Ms Wendy Low, Mr Harish Pillay, Mr Terence Soon and Mr Abas Kasmani, contesting Tanjong Pagar GRC, and Mr Kumaran Pillai for Kebun Baru SMC.

The group talked about their plans to help needy Singaporeans, the elderly, workers and young graduates as well as how they hope to tackle the cost of living and reduce Singapore's reliance on foreign talent.

8pm: The Singapore People's Party candidate for Potong Pasir SMC Jose Raymond hosted a Facebook Live session. He spoke about his manifesto for the constituency.

If elected, he will speak up on issues which "deserve more attention", such as wage inequality, discrimination, mental health wellness and climate change, he said.

9.30pm: The PAP's candidates for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC - Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean, Senior Minister of State for Transport and Communications and Information Janil Puthucheary, and new faces Sharael Taha, Desmond Tan and Yeo Wan Ling - spoke in a live session on Facebook.

The topic was "Securing Our Home & Our Future", and they are discussing issues including jobs and financial support, digitalisation, education and the environment around Pasir Ris-Punggol.

Thursday, July 2

6.30pm: A live interview series titled Face The Voters by Singapore Press Holdings' Chinese Media Group featured Mr Chan Chun Sing of the People's Action Party, Ms Hazel Poa of the Progress Singapore Party and Mr Kenneth Foo of the Workers' Party.

Among the topics discussed on the show included the role of opposition parties in Singapore and what having a diversity of voices means, Singapore's foreign talent policy, and also how to ensure Singaporeans remain competitive in the future. The speakers also discussed the possibility of a "replacement government" formed by the opposition.

8pm: The first party political broadcasts from seven parties - Reform Party, National Solidarity Party, Peoples Voice, Singapore Democratic Party, Workers' Party, Progress Singapore Party and the ruling People's Action Party - were aired on live television and radio.

With the worst recession looming for Singapore owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, bread-and-butter issues such as jobs, housing, immigration, the goods and services tax and the Central Provident Fund (CPF) were the focus of the seven parties.

Parties fielding fewer than six candidates - People's Power Party, Singapore Democratic Alliance, Singapore People's Party and Red Dot United - are not eligible to put out a party political broadcast. Read more here.

8pm: The Workers' Party's Hammer Show was broadcast on Facebook, featuring panellists Jamus Lim, Yee Jenn Jong, He Ting Ru and Gerald Giam, among others, moderated by Mr Leon Perera. They discussed the need for change in Singapore's economic model, including in terms of productivity and its reliance on foreign labour.

Party chairman Sylvia Lim said the Singapore economy has been very successful over the decades, but globalisation has produced winners and losers. There is no iron rice bowl today, she added, and Covid-19 has changed how Singapore needs to deal with business and population trends.

8.30pm: Dr Chee Soon Juan spoke at SDP's second online rally. He said the PAP has broken its promise to make lives better for Singaporeans, citing price increases - from utility bills to a planned GST hike from 7 to 9 per cent - after the last election in 2015, and questioned the Government's promise that while it cannot save every job, it will take care of every worker.

"Trust is not what you say but what you do," he said. He urged voters not to blindly give 100 per cent of the seats in Parliament to the PAP, but to vote for the opposition such as the SDP so that PAP can be held accountable to the promises it has made.

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Wednesday, July 1

7pm: The Workers' Party's Hammer Show was broadcast live on Facebook. With the Covid-19 pandemic far from over, party candidates said there is much more uncertainty in the road ahead and the time for change is now. Read more here.

8pm: PAP, WP, Singapore Democratic Party and Progress Singapore Party members took part in a live television debate. During the debate, the PAP's Dr Vivian Balakrishnan said SDP chief Chee Soon Juan made a false statement about a 10 million population figure.

He also sparred with WP's Dr Jamus Lim, on whether WP is "PAP-lite", with policies that are always a half-step to the left the PAP's. Dr Lim replied that the party's manifesto was budget neutral, and actually the difference lies between where the two parties think there should be trade-offs.

8.30pm: PAP's East Coast team, led by first assistant secretary-general Heng Swee Keat, went on Facebook to discuss its plans for the constituency to ensure connectivity, rejuvenate homes, and make sure that the community is inclusive.

Mr Heng said protecting jobs in the current economic downturn is just one piece of the puzzle. Singapore must also continue to create good jobs, equip its workers with the skills to remain competitive in the job market, and match these jobs with the right people, he added.

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Tuesday, June 30

8.45pm: SDP held its first online rally just hours after nominations closed on Tuesday (June 30). Party chief Chee Soon Juan did a broadcast of the SDP's GE2020 campaign "4 Yeses and 1 No" on its Facebook page, complete with a slide deck and audio effects. The live stream lasted about 20 minutes.

In his speech, titled PAP Bankrupt Of Ideas, Dr Chee laid out the party's ideas, including suspending the goods and services tax until the end of next year and paying retrenched workers 50 per cent of their last drawn salary for 18 months. Read more here.

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