Following the General Election 2020’s results on Saturday morning (July 11), the People’s Action Party (PAP) has lost another Group Representation Constituency (GRC) in a “tough fight” against the Workers’ Party (WP).
Sengkang GRC fell to the WP with 52.13 per cent of the vote against 47.87 per cent by the PAP.
On top of that, The Workers’ Party has maintained its stronghold on Aljunied GRC since the 2011 General Election.
How did four relatively fresh faces from WP win against a PAP team consisting of three political office-holders?
The PAP team was led by Ng Chee Meng, and consisted of Dr Lam Pin Min, Amrin Amin and new face Raymond Lye.
Ng Chee Meng is the Secretary-General of National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and had contested in Pasir Ris–Punggol GRC in the 2015 general election. The PAP team won, clinching 72.89 per cent of the vote.
Following the 2015 general election, Ng was appointed acting Minister of Education (Schools). Subsequently, Ng was the Second Minister for Transport and Minister of Education (Schools) from 1 November 2016 – 30 April 2018.
He was also conferred an incumbent minister in the Prime Minister’s Office in 2018.
In light of losing to the WP team in the 2020 General Election, he has since lost his ministerial post.
For the record, this is the first time he has ever led a General Election and he has less than 5 years of office-holder appointments.
While he will remain secretary- general of the NTUC, people may have been unhappy with the job losses during the pandemic, though he has said that NTUC “will continue preserving and creating jobs”.
Dr Lam was first elected to parliament at the 2006 general election as a member of the PAP team led by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in the Ang Mo Kio GRC. The team defeated Workers’ Party with 66.1 per cent of the votes.
He then stood at the 2011 general election in the single-member Sengkang West SMC and won 58.1 per cent of the votes against Koh Choong Yong of the Workers’ Party.
At the 2015 general election, Lam defeated Koh again in Sengkang West SMC after scoring 62.1 per cent of the vote. Sengkang West SMC, in light of the 2020 General Election, would later on be dissolved and split between Ang Mo Kio GRC and the new Sengkang GRC.
Lam also served as the Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Health from 2009 to 2014 (having previously been the Deputy Chairman from 2006 to 2008).
In August 2014, Lam was appointed a Minister of State in the Ministry of Health.
Subsequently in May 2017, Lam was appointed Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Transport.
In November 2019, Dr Lam had announced the ban of e-scooters on footpaths. Food delivery riders then turned up in droves at various meet-the-people sessions in different constituencies, to voice out their frustrations against the ban.
Apparently, the meet the people session with Dr Lam was the most heated session as several participants suggested to reverse the ban and criticised the decision behind it. Many depended on food delivery as their livelihoods.
Many were also not receptive towards the S$7 million trade-in assistance programme, which allow riders to switch their devices to power-assisted bicycles or e-bikes without any added cost to themselves.
Amrin Amin was Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs and Health and previously served at Sembawang GRC for Woodlands from September 2015 to June 2020.
Amrin had became a prominent grassroots activist in Sembawang GRC soon after the General Elections of 2011. Subsequently in 2015, Amrin was also elected as an MP for Sembawang GRC.
He was then fielded as a candidate of Sengkang GRC for GE 2020. With that, it is safe to say that he was a new, unfamiliar face in the Sengkang space.
Lye is a Managing Partner of Union Law LLP and previously served as a Magistrate and Deputy Registrar of the State Courts, before joining private practice, and founding his own law firm in 2014.
He has more than 20 years of town council experience and is the chairman of the Punggol East Citizens’ Consultative Committee.
He was also conferred the Pu…
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