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GE2015: Mood in Aljunied has changed, but PAP still faces uphill task, says Lim Boon Heng

Former Cabinet Minister and PAP chairman Lim Boon Heng speaking to the media on Aug 25, 2015.

[SINGAPORE] The mood on the ground in Aljunied has shifted since the last elections but it is still going to be tough for the People's Action Party (PAP) to wrest the ward back from the Worker's Party, said former Cabinet Minister and PAP chairman Lim Boon Heng."We sense that the mood has changed. At the beginning it was quite difficult for the team, people were not very open or very friendly. But now people are quite friendly," Mr Lim told The Straits Times after a late night meeting held at the ward on Tuesday (Aug 25), to discuss campaign strategies.

But he was quick to add that the mood change may not mean more support for the PAP: "Whether that translates into votes for PAP, it's hard to say. Because as (ESM) Goh Chok Tong said, many people are friendly to him but it doesn't necessarily translate into votes on the day itself." Mr Lim said that the current PAP team at Aljunied has been working very hard on the ground but he stopped short of revealing the names of the candidates to be fielded."It's good to let people know who the candidates are likely to be, so they can assess them better and decide on a more considered basis, rather than a short term to evaluate. But that doesn't mean the political party denies itself the right to make last-minute tactical changes," he said.

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