SingFirst announces 5 of 10 planned GE candidates

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SINGAPORE - Five of 10 planned Singaporeans First (SingFirst) candidates for the Sep 11 polls were announced by the party today.

All of them will be standing in a general election for the first time besides party chief Tan Jee Say, 61, who took part in the 2011 general election under the Singapore Democratic Party and in the presidential election later that year.

The four new candidates are: Fahmi Rais, 48, SingFirst co-founder and communications consultant; Chirag Desai, 38, a market risk manager; Wong Chee Wai, 44, an IT consultant; and Melvyn Chiu, 36, a sales executive. According to a report by TODAY, each one of them has a master's degree.

SingFirst plans to contest the group representation constituencies (GRCs) of Jurong and Tanjong Pagar, the report said. Both GRCs were won by the People's Action Party (PAP) in the last general election.

For Jurong GRC, the PAP has announced that it will be fielding incumbents Ang Wei Neng, Desmond Lee, and Tharman Shanmugaratnam, as well as new faces Rahayu Mahzam, Tan Wu Meng.

Tanjong Pagar GRC incumbents Chan Chun Sing, Indranee Rajah, and Dr Chia Shi-Lu will be defending their seats. They will be joined by Joan Pereira and Melvin Yong, who will be making their first appearance in a general election.