Election fever in Singapore registered another high on Saturday, Feb. 2, as even a simple weekend hawker breakfast can set political observers abuzz.
As former PAP MP Tan Cheng Bock tucked into mee siam in Ang Mo Kio with Lee Hsien Yang, brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, another breakfast on another part of the island was also met with some interest.
Community visit to Chua Chu Kang
Lim Tean, the leader of the opposition People's Voice party, made an appearance of his own in Chua Chu Kang -- at a ward belonging to health minister Gan Kim Yong.
Lim posted a Facebook photo of himself at a coffee shop together with some friends on Saturday morning.
The photo caption said:
"Lovely Morning At Chua Chu Kang With The PV Team.
We are at Chua Chu Kang, Teck Whye Avenue for a Community Visit and to listen to the People’s Voice. Lovely to see the weekend bustle before CNY. Will update further after our visit."
More than meets the eye?
For political observers who read too much into everything, there was another detail to consider.
Lim's visit took place at Teck Whye Avenue in Chua Chu Kang, a GRC that was won by the five-person PAP team in the 2015 general election.
The MPs there are Health Minister Gan, Amy Khor, Zaqy Mohamed, Low Yen Ling and Yee Chia Hsing.
Also, Teck Whye Avenue itself falls within Gan's ward.
Focus on health ministry
The health ministry in Singapore has come under the spotlight as of late.
If Lim and the People's Voice party are contemplating challenging Gan's team in the upcoming general election, the opposition may have a tough fight on their hands.
In the 2015 election, the PAP team beat their challengers from the People's Power Party with a resounding win, taking nearly 77 percent of the vote.
Lim, who was then the Secretary-General of the National Solidarity Party, lost his own election tilt in Tampines by getting about 28 percent of votes.
Lim has been rather active recently, speaking at a rally at Hong Lim Park on Jan. 26.
He is also representing blogger Leong Sze Hian who is being sued for defamation by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
After posting his visit photo, Lim uploaded another photo to his Facebook page.
It appears to be a mini-manifesto of sorts, listing the promises of the People's Voice, including "slashing" ministers' salary and scrapping the proposed 2 percent GST hike.
Top image from Lim Tean's Facebook page