Ready to stand

Ready to stand
FAMILY SUPPORT: SDP candidate for Yuhua SMC, Ms Jaslyn Go, with her two children at SDP’s rally on Sunday night.
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Ms Jaslyn Go, SDP candidate for Yuhua SMC, says she is now older, more confident

A member of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) since 2007, Ms Jaslyn Go was touted as a potential candidate in the Yuhua single member constituency during the 2011 General Election.

The party eventually fielded former political detainee and lawyer Teo Soh Lung, who garnered 33.1 per cent of the votes, against the People's Action Party's Grace Fu, who won the election with 66.9 per cent of votes.

But now, Ms Go, 43, who said she is older and more confident, feels that she is ready to represent Yuhua residents in Parliament.

The Yuhua SMC SDP candidate said her husband was the one who encouraged her to stand in the election.

"Initially, he was not very supportive, I guess (being afraid of standing up against the Government) happens to other people as well... The element of fear is very real," she said.

But it was experiencing at first-hand the challenges of running a small-medium enterprise that made him realise someone needed to speak up for SME owners in Parliament.

Ms Go is sales director of a construction company she set up with her husband.

While speaking to TNP after the SDP's rally in Jurong Stadium on Sunday night, Ms Go's 10-year-old daughter cut in to say bye before heading home earlier with family members.

"Good night! Sleep ah, before I come back," she called after her, then jumped right back into the interview, barely missing a beat.

Asked if she was worried about exposing her children to the public eye, possibly risking attacks online, Ms Go brushed off the suggestion.

"I still have hope that this election should be clean and fair and just, and that we should not resort to (personal attacks)," she said.

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