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GE2020: Workers’ Party claims Sengkang GRC in upset win

SINGAPORE — The Workers’ Party (WP) pulled off an upset victory in Sengkang Group Representation Constituency (GRC), winning 52.13 per cent of the vote against a People’s Action Party (PAP) team consisting of three former political office-holders.

Workers' Party team for Sengkang GRC arriving at the Party HQ in Geylang Road on July 11, 2020. Photo: Raj Nadarajan/TODAY

Workers' Party team for Sengkang GRC arriving at the Party HQ in Geylang Road on July 11, 2020. Photo: Raj Nadarajan/TODAY

SINGAPORE — The Workers’ Party (WP) pulled off an upset victory in Sengkang Group Representation Constituency (GRC), winning 52.13 per cent of the vote against a People’s Action Party (PAP) team consisting of three former political office-holders.

WP’s team comprised Ms He Ting Ru, 37, who was taking part in her second elections, and three other first-time candidates: Associate Professor Jamus Lim, 44, Ms Raeesah Khan, 26, and Mr Louis Chua, 33.

They were up against a PAP team made up of former Minister in Prime Minister's Office Ng Chee Meng, 51; Dr Lam Pin Min, 50, former Senior Minister of State for Health and Transport; Mr Amrin Amin, 42, former Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs and Health; and new candidate Raymond Lye, 54. The PAP team received 47.87 per cent of the vote.

The GRC has 120,166 voters and comprises the former single seats of Sengkang West and Punggol East as well as the Sengkang Central ward, which was carved out of Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC.

In the lead-up to Polling Day, Assoc Prof Lim and Ms Khan came under the spotlight for different reasons.

Assoc Prof Lim received positive reviews for his performance during a live televised  political debate on July 1 which saw him spar with PAP stalwart Vivian Balakrishnan.

Ms Khan was embroiled in an  ongoing police probe over comments which she had made on social media. The police said on July 5 that her social media posts, which resurfaced during the hustings, were being investigated over allegedly promoting “enmity between different groups on grounds of religion or race”.

She has since apologised for the posts, which were made in February 2018 and May this year.

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