One of his assentors, security supervisor Paul Antony Fernandez, 47, said on Thursday: "Kenneth told me about the threat when we had lunch today. I spoke to his wife on the phone and she told me that she was worried about Kenneth's safety here.

"I assured her that Singapore is a safe country. If there is a need, we will make a police report."

Mr Jeyaretnam said it was not the first threat he had received, but this time, it was targeted at his family.

On Thursday, he went door-to-door at Rivervale Drive to canvass for votes and distributed fliers outside Rivervale Mall.

He also visited more than 180 households at blocks 194 and 197 of Rivervale Drive.

Very often, residents recognised him, saying they are familiar with the political history of his father, the late J.B. Jeyaretnam.

Additional reporting by Robin Chan

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