PAP wins Radin Mas SMC

PAP: 77.25%, RP: 12.71%, HHH: 10.04%

By Thrina Tham | September 12, 2015

With a winning percentage of 77.25%, the PAP’s Sam Tan has won Radin Mas SMC.

Of 28,906 voters, 20,230 votes went to the PAP. The remaining votes were split between the opposition: RP took 3,329 votes and independent candidate Han Hui Hui took 2,629 votes.

Here’s what you need to know winners and the losers of this fight:


Who is the re-elected Radin Mas MP?

sam tan

Name: Sam Tan Chin Siong
Age: 56
Profession: Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth
(he is also the Mayor of Central Singapore District)
Terms in Parliament: 2
Number of FB fans: 1,036

Tan started off as a politician in the 2006 elections, when he was part of the Tanjong Pagar GRC team who had a walkover.

In the 2011 elections, he contested in the Radin Mas SMC that was carved out from the Tanjong Pagar GRC (it was last an SMC in 1988). Tan won by a large margin over National Solidarity Party (NSP) veteran Yip Yew Weng – PAP: 18,609 (67.10%) NSP: 9,123 (32.90%). This 2015 win marks his third term as a MP.

How’d he do it?

1. The number of elderly residents in Radin Mas is larger than average. The SMC was also highlighted as an elderly ward during the 2007 National Day Rally.

Perhaps Tan’s rally speech, spoken in only Teochew and Mandarin, helped him to reach better to the elderly folk? He said this:

“I think we can say with pride that Singapore has achieved success… But, we should never be over confident, and think that success is always on our side.”

Here’s his speech at the first PAP election rally, which also featured Tanjong Pagar candidate Minister Chan Chun Sing and Prime Minister Lee:


2. PAP candidates also tend to have the odds in their favour in three-cornered fights; so we had our bets on Tan taking the lead.

Note: candidates must obtain at least 12.5% of the votes cast or their deposit of $14,500 will be forfeited.


What has he done?

1. Last year, he launched the Embrace Dyslexia Campaign. He also revealed how he himself grew up with mild dyslexia.

2. He was really zealous at this year’s National Day Parade and labelled awarded him the ‘best cheerleader’ title.


Who was he against?

Reform Party candidate

Name: Kumar Appavoo
Age: 46
Profession: Businessman, director at an oil and gas company to be exact
Terms in Parliament: 0

He contested at West Coast GRC in 2011 elections but lost to the PAP team that included MCCY Minister Lawrence Wong

Number of FB fans: 289


Independent candidate

Name: Han Hui Hui
Age: 24
Profession: Activist and blogger
Terms in Parliament: 0

This is her first GE and she is also the youngest candidate contesting this election.

Number of FB fans: 1,036


Credit: Pandora Wong

It probably did not help their case that the opposition had a little bickering amongst themselves.

RP chief Kenneth Jeyaretnam on Han:

“However, while her bravery, her age and how much she weighs and her need for funds is not in doubt, it was her creative approach to the truth that was a prominent factor in our decision not to field her.”

Han on why she decided to contest at Radin Mas:

“If they didn’t come what will happen? There won’t be three corner fight. If I don’t stand for election here what will happen? There won’t be any fight at all, Sam Tan will just walkover.”


How did they campaign?


Kumar’s rally speech at Clementi Stadium gets crazy from 22 seconds in:

And his last Facebook post before Cooling-off are of his posters around Radin Mas GRC. Hmm…

My posters around Radin Mas SMC.

Posted by Kumar Appavoo RP For RADIN MAS on Tuesday, 8 September 2015


Han Hui Hui

Han’s most notable rally moment was probably this:

Han: “Please vote for me!”

Guy in crowd: “No!”

Also, the gist of her campaign:

#ReturnOurCPF (P.S. Also, I need some money to do this thing)”


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About Thrina Tham

A tv and film junkie, Thrina watches not only the good ones but also the ones just to laugh at. She makes observations of people and in her spare time, composes them into articles for Mothership.

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