More PAP new blood for Aljunied

More PAP new blood for Aljunied
FRESH FACES: The new grassroots volunteers include Mr Wong (top, extreme right, partially hidden) and Mr Kahar (second from top, extreme right). They are posing for a selfie taken with PAP branch chairman Ong Ye Kung (bottom centre).

SINGAPORE - The People's Action Party (PAP) is shoring up its presence in opposition-held Aljunied GRC, with the induction of new grassroots volunteers earlier this week.

Kaki Bukit grassroots organisations adviser and PAP branch chairman Ong Ye Kung on Monday took a "selfie" with newly appointed volunteers in the ward's citizens' consultative committee (CCC), and posted it on his Facebook page.

They include Mr Kahar Hassan, 45, and Mr Wong Hao, 36, a manager in a semiconductor firm.

Mr Kahar, who is a deputy director of infrastructure at railway operator SMRT, is one of two new faces in Aljunied GRC who were earlier identified by the media.

The other is Ms Chan Hui Yuh, who is the incoming vice-chairman of the Serangoon CCC, which is in the same constituency.

Mr Kahar has more than 17 years of engineering experience in both the government and private sectors, and has managed large-scale projects such as the Hougang MRT station and Braddell Road underpass.

He has been a volunteer at Kaki Bukit for about a month and was previously volunteering at Tampines East CCC for 15 years.

Asked if he would stand for election, he said: "As long as the community benefits from my efforts, I am happy to serve in any capacity."

He added that the constituency has many low-income and needy Malay families.

Was he put there as a possible contender against the ward's current Workers' Party MP, Mr Muhamad Faisal Abdul Manap? Mr Kahar reiterated: "I'm just a volunteer."

Mr Ong, touted as part of the PAP's fourth-generation leadership in the last general election, was part of the team that lost Aljunied GRC to the Workers' Party in the 2011 general election.

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