WP's Lee Li Lian: I have achieved my campaign goal

As the hustings draw to a close for the Punggol East by-election, Workers' Party (WP) candidate Lee Li Lian said she has achieved her campaign target of covering all 127 Housing Board blocks in the ward.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday evening, Ms Lee said she has personally visited the 40 per cent of blocks which she did not manage to complete during her last contest in 2011.

"Together with the help of my party members, we have completed 100 per cent," she added. Over the last nine days, party leaders and MPs have fanned out across the estate to knock on doors and canvass for support.

Describing the campaign as "intense but very memorable", the 34-year-old sales trainer said the nine days have been physically challenging.

She and her team of volunteers were out in Punggol East from as early as 7.30am every day to catch commuters at the LRT stations - a tactic which worked well for her in 2011. They then visited the wet market and did house visits until as late as 10pm.

Residents have been "warm and friendly", and some have commented on the Facebook fan page which she set up, said Ms Lee.

"But I'm not going to take that for granted. I'm not going to speculate (on) any result," she said.

Asked if the town council would run on its own or be merged with the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council if she wins, Ms Lee said the party has decided what it wants to do but will reveal more only if she is elected.

Currently, Punggol East falls under the PAP-run Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council.

In her rally speeches, Ms Lee had pledged to manage the town council well if she is elected.

She has championed the needs of young families and couples in her campaign, promising to raise their concerns like the rising cost of living, work-life balance, the cost of childcare and the stressful education system.

Ms Lee also spoke about the elderly, proposing that those aged 75 and above should be allowed to use their Medisave without restriction and that low-income elderly should not have to queue up at polyclinics to be referred for subsidised treatment at hospitals.

Declining to comment on her chances, Ms Lee said: "We have done our best during this campaign. It is now up to the voters of Punggol East to decide whether I'm the person that they want to elect as their representative."

While the WP failed to get coveted last night rally slot, the party uploaded a video of Ms Lee's key campaign messages and photo montage on Thursday night.

Aljunied GRC MP Pritam Singh told Singapolitics that Ms Lee - who served as his legislative assistant after the 2011 polls - has "given her all" in the campaign.

"I hope residents have been able to feel her, because...she wanted residents to feel what kind of person she was," said Mr Singh.

"I hope that has come out clearly, her very can-do spirit, very open, welcoming attitude to people, I think these will hold her in good stead."

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