PAP team in West Coast GRC has breadth of experience: Iswaran
The People's Action Party (PAP) team in West Coast GRC is a strong one with breadth of experience, Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran said yesterday.
They bring with them expertise in areas like social services, pre-school education, the environment, healthcare, job creation and youth programmes, he said.
Mr Iswaran is leading the five-member slate with Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee, who joins West Coast GRC from Jurong GRC next door. The other members are two-term MP Foo Mee Har, a former banker, two-term MP Ang Wei Neng, chief executive of ComfortDelGro Taxi, and new face Rachel Ong, who helped to start youth charity Trybe.
The team, Mr Iswaran said, is able to strike the balance between the ability to not just think in large policy terms, but also execute policies on the ground and cater to the needs of the GRC.
He was speaking to reporters during a visit to Jurong Regional Library, which - along with other public libraries - reopened yesterday after a nearly three-month closure.
The PAP slate is up against a team from the Progress Singapore Party led by former PAP stalwart Tan Cheng Bock, a doctor, and his second-in-command Leong Mun Wai, founder of a venture capital firm.
Mr Iswaran said that if the PAP team is elected, the members would combine their strengths to develop programmes that would apply across the GRC.
For instance, Mr Ang would take care of providing healthcare services and greater transport connectivity, Ms Foo would focus on jobs, skills, and helping small and medium-sized enterprises, and Ms Ong on issues related to family and youth.
Mr Lee, he said, brings both his experience as a Cabinet minister and as an MP in Jurong Spring for the past 10 years.
Asked how the team planned to reach out to residents in the large GRC given Covid-19 restrictions, Mr Iswaran said it was a challenge but added: "It's not just about what you do in a nine-day campaign...
"It's about how we've done this week in week out over the past five years, in order to understand their needs and respond to them with not just national policies, but also local programmes."