Absolutely zero surprises in PAP’s 4 candidate unveilings

The People’s Action Party (PAP) unveiled their Marsiling-Yew Tee Group Representation Constituency (GRC) team today. The brand-new GRC will be co-anchored by Minister  for Culture, Community and Youth, Lawrence Wong and Speaker of Parliament, Halimah Yacob.

The unveiling was done at a void deck in Marsiling Drive, where we assume a completely unrelated event was held for some 200 members of the Pioneer Generation.

Presumably to encapsulate “serving the people”, the 4 candidates served food to those who were present before making the announcement.

They even joined the residents in song and dance:

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The team contains no new faces, but will have 3 candidates who have moved.

Minister Lawrence Wong joins from West Coast GRC, Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob is formerly of Jurong GRC while Morgan Stanley trader Ong Teng Koon comes in from Sembawang GRC. Alex Yam joins the team as his Yew Tee ward is no longer in Choa Chu Kang GRC under the new electoral boundaries.

Meanwhile, some other stuff happened

PAP also announced that both Lim Biow Chuan and Amy Khor will be defending their respective Single Member Constituencies (SMC).

An official unveiling was also done for Tin Pei Ling. Emeritus Senior Minister had previously announced PAP’s decision to retain her in MacPherson.

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Lim Biow Chuan will be aiming to retain his Mountbatten seat for a second successive term. He attained 56.82% of votes in the last election against National Solidarity Party’s (NSP) Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss. This time however, he will be contesting against the Singapore People’s Party (SPP).

However, Jeannette’s not going anywhere. She might have moved to SPP, but she certainly isn’t moving SMCs.

Amy Khor will also be up against SPP in her Hong Kah North SMC. She beat the same opposition in the 2011, securing 70.61% of votes. The Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Manpower has been a part of Hong Kah North since 2001.

Tin Pei Ling will face the Worker’s Party (WP) and NSP in a three-way fight. Part of Marine Parade GRC in the last general election, MacPherson returns to being an SMC under the new electoral boundaries.

The new mother also apparently quoted Taylor Swift during the press conference.


Who’s next?

With PAP seemingly running out of surprises, we wonder just how boring their next unveiling will be.

We absolutely can’t wait for all the PAP candidates to be finally revealed. These unveilings are turning out to be more dreary than the Twilight Saga.

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With references from People’s Action Party (Facebook), People’s Action Party (Twitter), The Straits Times, Channel NewsAsia, Singapore Elections Department, Parliament of Singapore