NSP on walkabout in Tampines

NSP on walkabout in Tampines
(From far left) Ms Kevryn Lim, 26, Mr Jan Chan, 25, and NSP president Sebastian Teo, 68, during a walkabout in Tampines West yesterday. NSP has contested in Tampines in every election except one, since 1988.
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The National Solidarity Party (NSP) was at its old stomping ground of Tampines yesterday, where it has contested in every election - bar one - since the constituency was formed in 1988.

Twenty party members and volunteers turned up for the three-hour walkabout in Tampines West - among them two who are in their 20s: Ms Kevryn Lim, 26, a project director at events management and digital marketing firm EM.DM; and Mr Jan Chan, 25, a final-year student reading mathematics and computer science at the National University of Singapore.

Party leaders declined comment on potential candidates for the next hustings, but NSP's star catch at the 2011 election, Ms Nicole Seah, was also in her 20s when she was fielded in Marine Parade GRC. She has left the party.

They said yesterdaythat NSP is keen on Chua Chu Kang, Jurong, Marine Parade, Marsiling-Yew Tee and Tampines GRCs; and the Single-Member Constituencies of Bukit Batok, MacPherson, Mountbatten and Pioneer.

NSP president Sebastian Teo said he hopes the party's persistence in Tampines will win voters over. It has contested there at every election since 1988, except in 1997 when it pulled out after a candidate was disqualified.

In 2001 and 2006, it fought there under the Singapore Democratic Alliance banner, which it was then a part of.

It had its best showing in Tampines in 2011, when it got 42.8 per cent of the vote.

The one-year-old Singaporeans First party was also in Tampines yesterday. Party chief Tan Jee Say said the party has set up its elections office in Tras Street in Chinatown, and is keen on Marine Parade, Pasir Ris-Punggol and Tanjong Pagar GRCs.

Asked about the potential electoral battles in his Tampines GRC, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Masagos Zulkifli said it was the norm in democratic societies and would give residents a chance to provide "feedback" on the work of their MPs.

This article was first published on June 27, 2015.
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