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Workers' Party introduces third batch of 5 candidates for GE2020

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(clockwise from top left) Muhammad Fadli Mohammed Fawzi, Kenneth Foo, Terence Tan, Tan Chen Chen and Nathaniel Koh.

PRO-FAMILY policies, property prices and support for mid-career transitions are among the issues that Workers' Party's (WP) third batch of first-time candidates for the upcoming General Election are keen to raise if elected.

In a virtual press conference on Saturday, WP chairman Sylvia Lim and Secretary-General Pritam Singh unveiled five more candidates who will be fielded in the July 10 GE, among whom three are contesting an election for the first time.

While IT professional Nathaniel Koh, 36, is a first-time candidate, he has been volunteering for WP in the past two GEs, having joined the party back in 2009. He is active in various roles, including the party's youth wing and at MP Faisal Manap's Meet-the-People Sessions (MPS) at Aljunied Group Representation Constituency (GRC).

Mr Koh said he believes "social incentives", beyond monetary incentives, can be offered to families to encourage them to have children.

Tan Chen Chen, 38, is a trained quantity surveyor who joined the party in 2015. Her involvement includes grassroots work at Aljunied GRC, and she has been assisting former party chief Low Thia Khiang at his MPS. Speaking in Mandarin, she said she joined the WP as she believes there should be alternative voices in Parliament.

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Lawyer Muhammad Fadli Mohammed Fawzi, 40, previously worked in policy development for five years at a statutory board. He made a career switch after earning a law degree from the Singapore Management University, describing it as "financially difficult decision".

Having gone through the process, he is hoping more support can be extended to mid-career professionals who are contemplating a career switch.

The other two candidates introduced on Saturday had previously contested in the 2015 GE.

Foo Seck Guan, 43, deputy director of the Singapore Cancer Society, was a WP candidate in Nee Soon GRC. In 2019, he took on the role of legislative assistant to Ms Lim.

Lawyer Terence Tan, who turns 49 on Nomination Day, was a candidate for the WP team in Marine Parade GRC. Mr Tan said he began volunteering for WP in 2011 and had no intention of becoming a member initially. This changed, he said, as he found genuine meaning in helping fellow Singaporeans through the party's activities.

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