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GE quick takes: Khaw Boon Wan retires; WP introduces second batch of candidates
SINGAPORE will go to the polls on July 10 in an election in which 93 seats in 31 constituencies will be up for contest.
Here is Friday's round-up of stories about the General Election (GE):
Singapore’s Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan will retire from politics after 19 years, and will not contest the upcoming election.
People's Action Party (PAP) vice-chairman Masagos Zulkifli addressed online criticism of the party's new face Ivan Lim, saying it is important for candidates who face allegations to prove themselves. Negative online comments have surfaced since Mr Lim was introduced on Wednesday, accusing him of elitist behaviour and of being arrogant, among other criticisms.
Among the Workers' Party's (WP) second batch of candidates unveiled on Friday are two first-time candidates, one an economics professor and the other, a social activist. The activist is Raeesah Khan, 26, WP's youngest candidate at the upcoming GE.
The Singapore government can do more to encourage entrepreneurship by letting go of “top-down policies” and create an environment for experimentation, said Progress Singapore Party (PSP) assistant secretary-general Leong Mun Wai.
Unveiling the final batch of new PAP candidates, the party's second assistant secretary-general Chan Chun Sing said that they all come from diverse backgrounds but are united by a commitment to serve Singapore and Singaporeans.
Helping youths flourish and preparing workers for the future economy were among the concerns of four PAP candidates introduced on Friday by party vice-chairman Masagos Zulkifli, the sixth group of new faces to be unveiled since Wednesday.
Red Dot United, Singapore's newest political party, introduced the last member of its team to contest the five-seat Jurong GRC on Friday. Theatre director Alec Tok Kim Yam joins entrepreneur and author Liyana Dhamirah as well as legal engineer Nicholas Tang, both of whom were introduced on Wednesday.
On June 29, the day before Nomination Day, the High Court will hear a constitutional challenge against holding a general election at this time. The case was filed by human rights lawyer M Ravi, on behalf of Daniel De Costa.
For more of our Singapore GE2020 coverage, go to bt.sg/ge2020