SDP MEMBER: MARSILING RESIDENTS LUKEWARM ABOUT HALIMAH YACOB’S POSSIBLE CONTEST

We continued our house visits at one of the HDB blocks in Marsiling this evening.

We asked the residents 2 questions:

1. The incumbent, Mdm Halimah Yacob, has indicated her interest to contest the next Presidential Election (PE). She claimed that she has received a lot of encouragement & blessings from Marsiling constituents. Are you supportive of her presidential bid?

Most of the residents we spoke to appeared lukewarm to this question & did not seem really bothered if she would contest or not- let alone support her.

2. If Mdm Halimah contests the next PE, she will have to resign from the PAP & vacate her parliamentary seat. Do you think a by-election should be called thereafter so that Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC residents have a chance to elect a full slate of 4 new MPs?

All the residents we spoke to unanimously agreed that a by-election should be called.

The residents’ sentiments are in sharp contrast to what Minister Chan Chun Sing has said in Parliament (no by-election if minority steps down from GRC to run for President). In the last General Elections in 2015, the PAP campaigned based on the slogan: “With You, For You, For Singapore”.

It will be interesting to see how they can continue to keep the above election promise when they deny the voters of Marsiling-Yew Tee their constitutional rights to elect new political representatives via a by-election.

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