Monday, April 18, 2011

SDP unveils 2 potential candidates, confirms contest in 3 constituencies

Apr 18, 2011
By Qiuyi Tan, TODAY

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) unveiled another two potential candidates for the coming General Election during a walkabout yesterday, as it confirmed three of the constituencies it plans to contest.

Introduced to residents at Ghim Moh Market alongside other SDP members yesterday was Ms Teo Soh Lung, 62, who was detained by the Internal Security Department in May and June 1987, on suspicion of being involved in a Marxist conspiracy.

SDP chief Chee Soon Juan also introduced a new face, Ms Michelle Lee, 35, to residents alongside the party's assistant secretary-general John Tan, assistant treasurer Vincent Wijeysingha and former Workers' Party candidate James Gomez.

The party has not officially announced its slate for the GE but Dr Chee confirmed that the party will "definitely" contest Holland-Bukit Timah GRC and the Bukit Panjang and Yuhua SMCs. It is working on a fourth constituency to be revealed at an appropriate time.

Of its candidates, Dr Chee said they are well prepared and "more than capable of taking over from the PAP (People's Action Party) team".

He said: "This election is going to be very different. Our candidates are all going to be very highly-qualified professionals, but I want you to look beyond that.

"Because you look into their hearts, that is where the service comes in. But you won't find them lacking in any shape or form when it comes to their credentials, their competence as compared with the PAP team."

On the National Solidarity Party's decision to not stand in Yuhua in the spirit of Opposition unity, Dr Chee said this was in line with SDP's withdrawal from Whampoa SMC.

The SDP team, numbering more than 30 supporters and members yesterday, also visited Yuhua Village Market and Bukit Timah Food Centre.


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