ESM Goh likely to stand in election

ESM Goh Chok Tong in his office at the Istana.
PHOTO: The Straits Times

EMERITUS Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, who has been an MP in Marine Parade since 1976, said yesterday that he will likely stand in the next election.

In a post on the Marine Parade Facebook page, he revealed the People's Action Party's likely line-up in his five-member Group Representation Constituency for the next election.

Four of the five members of the current team will remain, except Tin Pei Ling, whose MacPherson ward will be carved out as a single seat in the next General Election (GE).

The fifth member of ESM Goh's team is likely to be first-term MP Edwin Tong, whose current Jalan Besar ward is part of the soon-to-be-dissolved Moulmein-Kallang GRC.

He will likely be fielded in the Joo Chiat division, a single seat that will be absorbed into Marine Parade GRC for the next GE. Joo Chiat's current MP, Charles Chong, is expected to contest the Workers' Party-held single seat of Punggol East.

Mr Tong attended his first public event at the constituency, a National Day celebratory parade, on Sunday. He also attended the Joo Chiat National Day dinner the same day.

Said ESM Goh: "At my request, (the) party sent Edwin Tong to Marine Parade GRC to be tested for Joo Chiat."

"This is likely to be the MP GRC team for GE," he added, referring to a picture of himself, Mr Tong, Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin, Fatimah Lateef and Seah Kian Peng.

"As for me, a few friends have suggested that I retire as I have done enough for the country. But Marine Parade residents and many others urge me to stay on. They say the country and Marine Parade still need me."

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