SDP chief Chee Soon Juan to contest Bukit Batok seat again
Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chief Chee Soon Juan will return to contest Bukit Batok SMC at the upcoming general election - with the party's plans across the island starting to take shape after a weekend of walkabouts.
While the party has not officially unveiled any candidates, its walkabouts since Friday have provided clear indications of both which constituencies it will contest and who it will field.
SDP sent teams to four of the five constituencies it contested in 2015 - Bukit Batok SMC, Yuhua SMC, Holland-Bukit Timah GRC and Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC. It also plans to conduct a walkabout in the fifth constituency, Bukit Panjang SMC, in the next few days.
At his walkabout in Bukit Batok on Saturday, Dr Chee told residents that he intends to contest the ward, as he handed out flyers featuring a photograph of himself with the text "Chee Soon Juan for Bukit Batok". In a live-stream video on Facebook from his walkabout, he said: "Like it or not, for the next three weeks, Bukit Batok, you're going to see this face smiling at you."
Dr Chee got 38.8 per cent of the vote against PAP's Mr Murali Pillai in the 2016 Bukit Batok by-election.
Over in Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, SDP chairman Paul Tambyah also looks set to return to the ward he contested in 2015.
The party had two walkabouts there this weekend, with Prof Tambyah leading the visit to Ghim Moh Road Market and Hawker Centre on Saturday.
Some members tipped to be the party's new candidates, marketing and communications professional Min Cheong, 35, and entrepreneur Alfred Tan, 54, visited the same market a day later.
The SDP team led by Dr Chee had lost the four-member ward to the PAP's Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Ms Sim Ann, Mr Christopher de Souza and Mr Liang Eng Hwa in 2015, gaining 31.5 per cent of the votes.
In the Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, Mr Bryan Lim and Mr Damanhuri Abas - two members who had contested the ward at the last elections - held a walkabout at Limbang Shopping Centre on Saturday. They were accompanied by Mr James Gomez, who was part of SDP's Sembawang GRC team in 2011.
SDP also looks set to field Mr Benjamin Pwee, who had led a joint Singapore People's Party-Democratic Progressive Party team in Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC in 2015, in the single seat of Yuhua.
ST understands that Ms Jaslyn Go, the SDP candidate there in the 2015 GE, will not be contesting this time due to personal matters.