The four candidates for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC fielded by the People’s Action Party in the upcoming elections will be the same team that stood in 2011.
They are Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister of State for Ministry of Education and Ministry of Communications and Information Sim Ann, lawyer Christopher de Souza and DBS managing director Liang Eng Hwa. Liang and de Souza are second-term MPs.
“This is a time tested team. We may be young but we have a track record,” said Balakrishnan.
In 2011, the PAP team contested against the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) and won with a vote share of 60.1 per cent. The SDP is likely to contest the GRC again.
The GRC comprises areas from West Coast GRC and from the now-dissolved Moulmein-Kallang GRC.
The announcement was made after the launch of a five-year Town Improvement Plan by the Holland-Bukit Panjang town council.
The plan includes a new market and food centre in Bukit Panjang, upgrades to existing markets and a new polyclinic. The team also highlighted the Downtown MRT line opening on 27 December, which will link the area to the city centre. “It will resolve the transport issues we have been struggling with for the past few years,” said Balakrishnan.
When asked if the town improvement plan was a “carrot” to entice voters, Balakrishnan disagreed.”These are not carrots. These are carefully thought out and with consultation with our residents,” he said. Such measures served as their report card and helped build credibiity with their residents, he added. “We don’t deal with carrots.”