Singapore GE2020: Workers' Party's Tan Chen Chen to take on Sun Xueling in Punggol West SMC

SINGAPORE – The new Punggol West single-member constituency (SMC) is likely to see a contest between People’s Action Party (PAP) candidate Sun Xueling and the Workers’ Party (WP) candidate Tan Chen Chen.

Both candidates arrived at St Anthony’s Canossian Primary School on Tuesday (June 30) to submit their nomination papers.

The new SMC, which was carved out of the Pasir Ris-Punggol group representation constituency (GRC) in the latest boundary report, has 26,579 electors as of April 15 this year, according to the Elections Department list.

Ms Sun, who turns 41 next week, has helmed the ward, then part of Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC since her political debut in the 2015 General Election. She also served as the Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs and National Development.

Ms Tan is a new face who was introduced in this year’s election. The contracts administrator, 38, has volunteered with WP since 2015 and was active in Aljunied GRC under former party chief Low Thia Khiang’s Bedok Reservoir – Punggol division.

She previously said that rising house prices was an important issue for young people in Singapore, and it is something she wants to look at.

Speaking to the media after the successful nomination, Ms Sun said there were many exciting plans for Punggol in the future and she looks forward to working with the residents as well as the Pasir Ris-Punggol team to improve the constituency.

Following her successful nomination, WP candidate Ms Tan said she would do her best to serve the constituency wholeheartedly, and asked residents make their votes count.

Over 60 per cent of residents in Punggol West are below the age of 40.

Six in 10 of the Housing Board flats there were built in the past five years, and are mostly owned by young families

The constituency is also looking to welcome the opening of Punggol Town Hub next year, which features amenities including a new hawker centre and library.

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Singapore GE2020: WP's Dennis Tan set to defend Hougang SMC

SINGAPORE – One is looking to retain the constituency firmly under the Workers’ Party (WP) banner, and the other intends to usurp the longest-held opposition ward in Singapore.

In the battle for Hougang, the single-member constituency held by the WP since 1991, candidate of the incumbent party Dennis Tan, 49, will be going up against the People’s Action Party’s (PAP) Lee Hong Chuang.

On Tuesday (June 30), Mr Tan turned up at the Poi Ching School, the nomination centre for Hougang SMC, shortly after it opened its gates at 10am.

Flanked by his proposers and assenters who were decked out in WP blue, Mr Tan greeted the media and waved as he entered the centre.

Mr Tan, a shipping lawyer, is a familiar face in Hougang SMC, having shadowed two-term WP MP Mr Png Eng Huat in the last three years.

Last week, the WP announced that party bigwigs like Mr Png and former party secretary general Low Thia Khiang would not be running in the coming election.

Mr Tan, who debuted as a WP candidate in the 2015 General Election, stood in Fengshan SMC where he got 42.5 per cent of the votes, losing to the PAP’s Ms Cheryl Chan.

As one of the best-performing losers in that election, he got a seat as a Non-Constituency MP.

In the other corner, is PAP’s Lee Hong Chuang, a senior IT manager, who was fielded in Hougang SMC in 2015 and lost with 42.3 per cent of the votes.

Mr Png won with 57.7 per cent of the votes.

Mr Lee is chairman of PAP’s Hougang branch and has been walking the ground in the WP stronghold in the last few years.

On Tuesday he showed up at the nomination centre at around 10.30am with his proposers and assenters in tow.

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