Singapore

SDP announces candidates

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has presented two new candidates for the upcoming General Election.

The media conference held at Ang Mo Kio saw Ms Chong Wai Fung, 45, and Mr Khung Wai Yeen, 34 unveiled as new party members standing in the upcoming polls to be held on Sept 11.

Earlier on Tuesday (Aug 25), Parliament was dissolved and President Tony Tan Kang Yem issued the Writ Of Election.​

Ms Chong is party treasurer and has been a member of the SDP since 2011. She is an administrator of Ren Ci Nursing Home (Moulmein).

Mr Khung has also been a party member since 2011 and is an accounts manager at a multinational corporation

SDP is the first opposition party to formally introduce candidates.

It is not clear if party chief Chee Soon Juan plans to stand as well.

If he does, it would be the first time since 2001 that he is contesting a seat in Parliament.

He was unable to run in 2006 and 2011 due to being declared bankrupt after failing to pay $500,000 in damages for defaming then Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew and then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong during the 2001 election.

He was cleared of bankruptcy in 2012.

There was no word on where the candidates will contest but SDP says it will field a total of 11 candidates. These will be in two GRCS —​ Holland-Bukit Timah and Marsiling-Yew Tee —​ and three SMCs - Bukit Panjang, Bukit Batok and Yuhua.

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