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GE quick takes: PSP, Workers' Party unveil manifestos; PAP replaces Ivan Lim
SINGAPORE will go to the polls on July 10 in an election that will see 93 seats in 31 constituencies up for contest.
Here is Monday's round-up of stories about the General Election:
The Progress Singapore Party (PSP) said a reduction in dependence on foreign labour, more support for small businesses hiring local, and a stronger safety net for vulnerable groups are among the key priorities in its election campaign.
Expressing continued confidence in the People's Action Party (PAP) candidate-selection process, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that seeking "perfect" candidates would instead result in the loss of many good candidates, at the introduction of the PAP's team for Ang Mo Kio group representation constituency (GRC) on Monday.
The PAP team for the five-member Jurong GRC has two new faces, including 35-year-old Xie Yao Quan who replaces Ivan Lim. The other new candidate is Shawn Huang, 37, a director for enterprise development at Temasek International.
Two new candidates will join PM Lee's PAP team to contest Ang Mo Kio GRC: lawyer Nadia Ahmad Samdin and former public servant Ng Ling Ling.
Manpower Minister Josephine Teo will helm the PAP team contesting Jalan Besar GRC, together with incumbent Members of Parliament (MPs) Denise Phua and Heng Chee How, as well as new candidate Wan Rizal Wan Zakariah.
Tanjong Pagar GRC's two new candidates are Alvin Tan, 39, LinkedIn's Asia-Pacific head of public policy and economics, and former public servant Eric Chua, 41. One of the GRC's incumbent MPs, Melvin Yong, will move to the nearby Radin Mas single member constituency (SMC).
National Development Minister Lawrence Wong will lead the PAP team in Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, alongside Minister of State for National Development and Manpower Zaqy Mohamad, Alex Yam, and lawyer Hany Soh.
The Workers' Party (WP) on Sunday proposed a dedicated bank to help finance small and medium-sized enterprises' expansion overseas, minimum wage and redundancy insurance. WP secretary-general Pritam Singh also revealed the party's "Make Your Vote Count" election slogan, warning of a "real risk" of a wipe-out of elected opposition members of parliament at the upcoming General Election.
Lee Hsien Yang, the estranged younger brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, maintained on Sunday that his entrance into opposition politics was not driven by "personal problems". "I have no need to use the party to be my mouthpiece for anything," Mr Lee said.
For more of our Singapore GE2020 coverage, go to bt.sg/ge2020.