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SPP candidate launches Mountbatten manifesto

Mrs Chong-Aruldoss at the launch of her manifesto for Mountbatten on Monday. She had polled 41.4 per cent of the vote in this ward in 2011 while on the NSP ticket.


SINGAPORE People's Party (SPP) candidate Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss on Monday launched a manifesto for Mountbatten, the single-seat ward where she intends to stand in the upcoming general election.

The 52-year-old lawyer said at an open-air amphitheatre in Kampong Arang that the manifesto was the result of discussions with Mountbatten residents on what they hope to see in the constituency.

"This manifesto wasn't something cobbled together overnight or just because of the general election, but is the product of thought processes that have been going on for some period of time," she said.

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The manifesto includes a plan to set up a Mountbatten Social Mobility bursary. She hopes to raise $100,000 from the constituency for the pilot project to help 100 young residents who are making the transition from the Institute of Technical Education to polytechnic and from polytechnic to university.

Mrs Chong-Aruldoss also detailed a plan to "make Mountbatten a home for the heart and not just a place to stay". She pledged to work with food stallholders and government agencies to ensure rental prices are kept affordable.

She is also pushing for the conservation of Dakota Crescent, which has been slated for redevelopment. She said residents are eager to have it conserved, and asked for them to be given a right in deciding its future.

She had stood in Mountbatten under the National Solidarity Party's banner in the 2011 general election, taking 41.4 per cent of the votes, but moved to the Singapore People's Party (SPP) in March this year.

Although she launched her manifesto for Mountbatten without the SPP leadership present, she said she has the full backing of the party.

"I am a very proud member of SPP," she said. "I have the full backing of the SPP, which has the institutional memory of running a town council successfully and these people are just a phone call away."

The SPP had run the single seat of Potong Pasir until the constituency was wrested back by the People's Action Party in the 2011 election.

Ms Chong-Aruldoss added: "As a lawyer, I'm familiar with corporate and statutory compliance. I've sat on management committees in my private capacity, and I have some experience in estate matters.

"(The manifesto) represents my belief and commitment to Mountbatten." THE STRAITS TIMES