People’s Action Party (PAP) unveiled its candidates for the new Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC on Friday (August 21) at the void deck of Blk 3 Marsiling Road.
That's right, we called it earlier.
It was held amidst a community event with a live band:
Posted by Mothership.sg on Thursday, 20 August 2015
And free food!
Without further ado, here are five things we noticed about the newest GRC on the block.
1. Ong Teng Koon has sensitive tear ducts
With the spotlight firmly on anchoring MPs Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong and Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob, backbencher Ong Teng Koon grabbed the chance to shine with both his eyes.
Yes, he is a Sensitive New Age Guy whose tears flow freely.
First time he cried.
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Second time he teared was when he spoke of his resident who was sleeping on a bed bug-infested bed.
And during the door stop interview.
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As of today, he holds the record of crying three times at a PAP introduction session – twice during the press conference and once more during a door stop interview.
It was interesting to note that he also teared when he learnt that his Woodgrove ward was split from Sembawang GRC.
2. Alex Yam might understand Malay
When Halimah Yacob answered a question in Malay, Alex Yam – the designer behind the famous LKY silhouette – was seen nodding earnestly while Wong and Ong just listened.
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Perhaps he might even speak in Malay during the rally and we can't wait for it.
3. Marsiling-Yew Tee is the reincarnation of Moulmein-Kallang
As Moulmein-Kallang GRC reaches its end of life status, the only new GRC in the electoral map is set to take its place.
Like how Moulmein-Kallang GRC is helmed by two anchoring MPs (Communications and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim and outgoing Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew), the PAP team contesting in Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC is anchored by two heavyweights Lawrence Wong and Halimah Yacob.
Throughout the press conference, the partnership was clear. Both took turns to answer questions and complemented each other, adding on to each other's answers.
Both were also big on helping disadvantaged groups and serving with passion and heart.
Wong also highlighted Halimah's experience:
"First time leading a GRC, yes. I'm not new to politics, I entered in 2011. But it is the first time now coming to a GRC to anchor and that's why I recognised that I have a lot that I can learn from my team mates, including the two MPs who are already in the GRC, as well as Halimah who is coming as a much more experienced MP than myself. That's why I asked her to co-lead the GRC together with me." (emphasis ours)
4. Marsiling-Yew Tee's parents are ...
With regard to the lineage of the new GRC, Wong said:
"As a new GRC, we need to work together with our neighbouring GRCs and we have two neighbours because Marsiling-Yew Tee came from two parents: Choa Chu Kang and Sembawang."
So this big family of Marsiling-Yew Tee, Choa Chua Kang and Marsiling-Yew Tee will have 13 MPs taking care of the northern borders of Singapore.
"In fact it's not just a four plus four (4-member Choa Chu Kang and Marsiling-Yew Tee combined), it's a four plus four plus five (inclusive of 5-member Sembawang)," added Wong.
5. Minister Lawrence Wong's Boon Lay residents might know something about the elections.
When answering how it felt to leave his Boon Lay ward, Minister Wong gave little away on when is the election but his residents seemed pretty sure.
"My last MPS recently this week, I had a huge deluge of people who came. They thought it might be the last MPS. (laughs) I'm not saying it will be. I don't know whether there will be some more because I don't know when Parliament will be dissolved."
Being a traditional PAP stronghold, we should take the Boon Lay residents' actions seriously.
Bonus: Same same but different surname.
"Many residents have said Teng Koon and I look like brothers!" said the anchor minister.