(This article was contributed by Christine Koh, 27, Executive : General Elections 2015 Singapore)
Politics isn’t all just about boring policy making. For all those out there who have little interest about the in-fighting within political parties (which we wouldn’t name cos there’s “no such party”), or the jabs some politicians take at each other in hopes of swinging voter’s perception. For all my friends out there who couldn’t care less to read about the details of this GE2015, but care to appear somewhat in-the-know, we bring you the HOTTEST candidates of GE2015 and a gist of what they’re campaigning for.
8.) Daniel Goh
That cute prof you’d crush on.
Goh is a professor at the National University of Singapore teaching Sociology. He had recently received a poison pen letter by a one Max Chan who had accused him of having an extramarital affair with a former student. Goh had refuted the allegations and said they were “baseless”.
What he fights for: The 42-year-old, a Worker’s Party candidate, has called for “rational and respectable” democracy to empower future generations.
Goh and his team will be going up against East Coast GRC, which is currently led by Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say. This is one of the “hottest” contests to look out for, given the tight margin the incumbents won by in the previous GE2011; many are placing their bets on WP.
7.) Desmond Choo
Hello there biceps! And we also heard that he is an aunty killer. With that baby face, we wouldn’t doubt that.
He is currently a Director of Youth Development at NTUC and previously from the private sector, working under Peter Lim doing merger and acquisition of Valencia Football Club as well as having spent 14 years in the Singapore Police Force. You may also have heard of him after he contested against the Worker’s Party in Hougang and lost, twice.
What he fights for: The 37-year-old is an advocate for young families and workers. The new father-to-be will be speaking up for more support to raise happy and resilient families, while at the same time also allow parents to pursue their aspirations.
This GE, Choo has been fielded into Tampines GRC together with Cheng Li Hui, to replace Mr Mah Bow Tan and Ms Irene Ng who will be retiring from politics. The team together with Mr Heng Swee Keat, Mr Baey Tan Keng and Mr Masagos Zulkifli will be contested by the National Solidarity Party (NSP) again this year after having won 57.22 per cent of the votes.
6.) Ong Ye Kung
For a 45 year-old, dad of two, he is pretty ripped and keeping the “dad bod” off.
Ong is the director of group strategy at Keppel Corporation, and previously seconded to NTUC while he was a civil servant as their Deputy Secretary-General. In GE2011, he contested in Aljunied GRC as the new kid on the block, but eventually conceded defeat to Worker’s Party.
What he fights for: Ong believes that Singapore needs a more rounded view of meritocracy where results should not be the only criteria involved when awarding scholarships to students. Instead, it should be given to the student who manages to secure a place but is from a less privileged background.
Together with newcomer Amrin Amin, a corporate lawyer, the two will be joining the Sembawang GRC team, led by Khaw Boon Wan, Chairman of PAP. The 5-men strong team will be challenged by NSP. This could potentially be an exciting one to watch, as they tackle Kevryn Lim’s many “issues”.
5.) Roy Ngerng
Ok. Now this is subjective, depending on your taste in “men”. For those of you poor souls who don’t already know, he doesn’t take the straight path most –travelled, but let’s be fair.. He pulls off that scruffy look pretty well.
Ngerng, was a former healthcare worker at Tan Tock Seng, and has held several protests at Hong Lim Park against the Central Provident Fund (CPF) scheme. The 34-year-old became infamous in Singapore after being sued by Prime Minister Lee for defamation over the handling of CPF monies.
What he fights for: Ngerng has said to be advocating for CPF, retirement, and healthcare, as he is concerned with elderly Singaporeans being unable to retire and having to work in their old age. He also questions the transparency and adequacy of the CPF scheme.
Together with his Hong Lim Park motley crew, Gilbert Goh, M. Ravi and 4 other party volunteers, the Reform Party team is set to contest in Ang Mo Kio against his arch nemesis PM Lee. This will be an interesting show to watch. Prepare your popcorns everyone.
4.) Khung Wai Yeen
Mmm.. Navy man.. Need we say more?
Khung is an accounts manager at a European multinational firm, and was a Chief Engineering Naval Specialist in the Republic of Singapore Navy. The 34-year-old, who holds an advanced diploma in Management shared that he was inspired by the Singapore Democratic Party’s Budget paper in 2011 on Empowering The Nation, which presented an alternative to the government’s current financial policy.
What he fights for: Housing and healthcare. On Healthcare, Khung said that public hospitals should be changed to be not-for-profit. He also strongly feels that CPF should not be withheld from those aged 55-years-old and above.
The man will be flying solo, head on with Teo Ho Pin, 55, for Bukit Panjang SMC. This may be an uphill battle for Khung who has little to no experience in the political arena, while the incumbent had served as an MP for 14 years, with two terms as MP for Bukit Panjang SMC. But hey, anything can happen, so put up a valiant fight Khung!
3.) Tan Chuan Jin
I mean, c’mon who doesn’t love a man in a uniform?
Many would compare him to his peer Chan Chun Sing, both Generals from the army in the race to be Singapore’s next Prime Minister. After GE2011, the 46-year-old entered the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) as Minister of State, and progressed to a full minister 2 years later. In May this year, he moved to be the Minister for Social and Family Development (MSF).
What he fights for: Having settled in to his new role in MSF, Tan shared that he will be looking to tackle several issues such as more support for vulnerable children, increased voluntary work within the society, and the contentious topic on reviewing the benefits for unwed mothers.
Tan has been appointed the anchor minister for his Marine Parade GRC while his pre-descendant ESM Goh Chok Tong takes the back seat and a supporting role this election. Tan and his GRC will be contested by Worker’s Party team led by Yee Jenn Jong together with new bloods He Ting Ru and Terence Tan.
2.) Baey Yam Keng
Mr “Selfie King” has good reasons to show off his hot bod..
Baey, 44, has served 2 terms as MP; for Tanjong Pagar GRC followed by, Tampines GRC. He is currently serving as a full-time MP after resigning from a large public relations firm as a managing director in 2012 to focus on politics. The man also chairs the Government Parliamentary Committee for Culture, Community and Youth.
What he fights for: On a national level, Baey continues to weigh in on issues concerning the arts, culture, heritage and social media scene in Singapore. While back in his constituency, he continues to advocate for a clean and green community and a “kampong spirit” amongst his residents.
Together with newcomer Desmond Choo, and the departure of retirement of alumni Mah Bow Tan, we sure hope team Tampines GRC is all ready to go up against the National Solidarity Party (NSP).
1.) Teo Ser Luck
#Boynextdoor #Fitandhunky #Foreveryoung #Teobekpio #Serryheismarried #Luckygotgoodgenes
The nation’s favourite hashtag king – Teo, 47, is the Minister of State for the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), and has served for 9 years after being elected into parliament during the 2006 general elections. He is also better known for his #LKY91workout earlier this year in March while the nation was mourning the passing of our founding father, Teo found an unconventional way of paying his own tribute.
What he fights for: While his Facebook page shows his dedication to serving his residents, the man has been relatively low key and quiet about what he advocates for. #crickets
Teo will be joined by former defence chief Ng Chee Meng and investment director Sun Xueling, helmed by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean. The six-men team for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC will face opposition Singapore Democratic Alliance, who has promised a whole host of additional services to residents including daily meet-the-people sessions, more schools and childcare centres, building of a Regional Hospital, Water taxi services to link up Punggol Settlement, Pasir Ris and Changi Ferry Terminal.
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