Workers' Party candidate Fadli Fawzi debuts in Marine Parade by reciting Malay & English poems

A creative use of speech time.

Sulaiman Daud| June 30, 2020, 11:50 PM

How do you make a candidate speech stand out? You can go for volume, or be a little more creative.

One candidate, Muhammad Fadli bin Mohammed Fawzi, crafted two poems after confirming his candidacy as part of the Workers' Party team, in both English and Malay.

Fadli, 39, a lawyer who previously worked as a senior policy development officer with the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS), began by reciting a Malay poem known as a pantun.

Two poems

Following fellow candidate Ron Tan's speech in Mandarin, Fadli said:

"Segarlah kuntum menanti kembang

Nyalakan api azamu kawan

Walau dilanda ribut nan kencang

Parti Pekerja tetap berlawan"

But no worries if you didn't understand that, because Fadli followed it up with the same poem, but in English:

"Fresh is the bud that waits for the bloom

So light the fires in your will, my friend

The fiercest of storms may gather and loom

But the Workers' Party will fight to the end"

The great thing about both poems is that they are translations of each other, but they also rhyme individually. Fadli added:

"Dear voters of Marine Parade, this is our promise to you. No matter the odds, no matter the cost. The Workers' Party stands ready to serve you in Parliament."

Fadli joins Tan, Yee Jenn Jong, Nathaniel Koh and Muhammad Azhar bin Abdul Latip in their contest against the People's Action Party (PAP) team in Marine Parade GRC.

This is the second time WP has contested in the Marine Parade GRC.

Yee, a former NCMP, was part of the team that competed in GE 2015, garnering 35.93 per cent of the vote share.

You can watch Fadli's speech in this CNA video, at the 3:21:29 mark.

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Top image from WP and CNA video.