PAP's Sitoh Yih Pin to defend Potong Pasir in coming GE

SINGAPORE - Incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) Mr Sitoh Yih Pin announced on Monday (Aug 17) that he will be the People's Action Party's (PAP) candidate for Potong Pasir in the coming general election, local media reported. 

He will face Singapore People's Party’s (SPP) Lina Chiam, 66, who had vowed to wrest back control of the ward.

It is likely to be a three-cornered fight in Potong Pasir as National Solidarity Party (NSP) secretary-general Tan Lam Siong also declared that he will be contesting the ward as an independant candidate.

Mr Sitoh, 51, has been the MP of the Single Member Constituency (SMC) since he wrested the seat from Mrs Chiam in the 2011 General Election by just 114 votes.

On his chances of victory again, Mr Sitoh said they were "50-50".

"After winning the election in May 2011, I told my team members we don't have much time. We have 1,500 days. We wanted the ABCD spirit - Acting Beyond the Call of Duty," he added.

According to The Straits Times, Mr Sitoh is promising residents a new internal bus service in the estate.

PAP will announce its full slate of candidates for the upcoming polls on Aug 23, the day of the National Day Rally, reported Channel NewsAsia.

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