Will Jeyaretnam contest Tanjong Pagar in next GE?

Will Jeyaretnam contest Tanjong Pagar in next GE?
Reform Party chief Kenneth Jeyaretnam (second from right) speaking to residents Alex Soh (far left) and his father Soh Meng Koi (far right), at the Bukit Merah View Market and Food Centre.

SINGAPORE - He was about 22 when his father won a by-election and became the Member of Parliament for Anson.

That was in 1981. On Sunday, Reform Party (RP) chief Kenneth Jeyaretnam returned to his late father's former hunting ground, now part of the Tanjong Pagar GRC.

The 54-year-old is the eldest son of the late opposition politician J. B. Jeyaretnam (JBJ), who held the Anson ward from 1981 to 1986..

On the walkabout on Sunday with about five other party members, Mr Jeyaretnam dodged questions on the relevance of a return of the family name to the ward.

Should he decide to contest in Tanjong Pagar at the next general election, likely in 2016, will his father's legacy be an advantage or a challenge?

Mr Jeyaretnam sidestepped the question. He said: "It's been many years.

"His (JBJ's) legacy was not just for this area, but for the whole of Singapore.

"His campaign was not specific to Anson."

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