Even as we enter the final lap of election season, the crowds have been, as usual, crazy at most of the Workers’ Party’s election rallies.

Devotees come prepared – some with fancy props; many with their own chairs and tables.

We interview six Workers’ Party Marine Parade rally attendees on Sep. 7 to find out what they think:

Edward Eng, 21 and Joel Teo, 22, Aljunied GRC

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Edward (left): “I do want to give my support in Marine Parade, because I think (here) would (see) one of the biggest fights; I really hope they do knock out (PAP’s Marine Parade candidate) Tan Chuan-Jin.”

Joel: “I’ve been to (WP) rallies almost every day since Nomination Day – I come for the atmosphere, to see how the crowd is like, and to show my support as well. I agree with Edward – I think the most important thing is to prevent a PAP supermajority in Parliament. For me, there are a lot of parts of the manifestos of the WP and SDP (Singapore Democratic Party) that I do disagree with, but I think when it comes down to it it’s more important that we have representation in Parliament.”

On their favourite WP speaker:

Edward: “Gerald Giam, definitely. Pritam Singh spoke well – I think, I loved how he took down the PAP on Aljunied Town Council.”

Joel: “Leon Perera – I think he spoke very well.”

Tiara, 21 and Mohammed Basuki, 30, Marine Parade GRC

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Mohammed: “It seems like they want to help Singaporeans get a better job, for a better future, something different from what it is right now.”

Tiara: “It’s my first time here… I guess you could say that I’m a bit more neutral, but I just find that it’s okay if we were to have an opposition voice in Parliament – (if) we have an opposition party instead of just one ruling party.”

On his favourite WP speaker:

Mohammed: “Sylvia Lim – hopefully she can fight for us – the Singaporean middle class.”

Kenneth C, 30, undisclosed

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“Marine Parade GRC is very hotly contested, and it’s worth checking out. We just want to come and experience the atmosphere.”

Daniel Koh, 38, Ang Mo Kio GRC

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“Basically, I feel that the government has lost touch – we’re not voting only for ourselves. If we don’t do something right now, our future, our children, will be very jialat.”

“I’m supporting all the opposition (parties) – but Workers’ Party, in terms of branding, imaging, and everything, no other (party) comes near to them.”

On his favourite WP speaker:

“I’m a Teochew lang (guy), what do you think? (Chuckles) Of course Low Thia Khiang lah.”

 

Top photo by Rachel Chew

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