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GE 2020: From New Faces To Old-Timers, Here's A List Of Candidates Who Will Be Contesting

[This list will be updated whenever there is new information.]

Over the course of three days since PM Lee Hsien Loong called for an election, the political parties have announced their line-up of candidates ahead of Nomination Day on June 30.

People’s Action Party has unveiled a total of 26 candidates, while opposition parties Workers’ Party and Progress Singapore Party have revealed twenty-one and 24 candidates respectively.

We take a look at the confirmed political parties and candidates that will be contesting in GE 2020:

People’s Action Party

The PAP unveiled all of its 26 new candidates over the span of three days in a total of 6 batches. The candidates come from various sectors, ranging from the business sector to the social sector to the public service sector.

CandidateAgeBackground
Desmond Tan Kok Ming
50– Former chief executive of the PA
– Former brigadier-general and Chief of Staff of the General Staff with the SAF
Edward Chia
36– Co-founder and managing director of Timbre Group
– A council member of Ngee Ann Polytechnic and National Youth Achievement Award Council
– He was also the co-chair of the Youth Action Plan
Nadia Ahmad Samdin
 30– Former current affairs producer with CNA
– Served as council member for the National Youth Council
– Serves as a panel advisor at the Youth Courts
– Serves as associate director at TSMP Law Corporation
Hany Soh Hui Bin
33– Serves as Director at MSC Law Corporation
– Set up the first Community Legal Clinic in a Residents’ Committee, where she provides pro bono legal advice
Don Wee Boon Hong
43– Serves as senior vice president at United Overseas Bank
– Chairs two citizens committees
– Member of Institute of Mental Health’s Visitors’ Board
Mohd Fahmi Aliman
48– Served as deputy chief executive of the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore
– Currently serves as NTUC Administration and Research Unit director
– Helped established the Ageing Policy Office in the Ministry of Health
– Set up the Municipal Services Office in 2014, serving as Senior Director of Policy and Planning
Yip Hon Weng
43– Former group chief of the Silver Generation Office at the Agency for Integrated Care
Dr Tan See Leng
55– Stepped down as managing director and chief executive officer of IHH Healthcare after five years in Dec 2019
Ng Ling Ling
48– Former chief of future primary care and director of community engagement at the Ministry of Health’s Office
– Served as the managing director of the Community Chest for five years
Zhulkarnain Abdul Rahim
39– Litigation and dispute resolution partner with law firm Dentons Rodyk & Davidson
Tan Kiat How
42– Left his post as IMDA chief executive on June 20 after three years, where he established SG Digital Office
– Part of the team that set up the Pioneer Generation Office, now known as the Silver Generation Office
Yeo Wan Ling
44– Chief executive of healthcare company Caregiver Asia
– Previously worked in the Global Operations team in the Singapore Economic Development Board
– Has been helping Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Manpower and Education Low Yen Ling at her Bukit Gombak branch in Chua Chu Kang GRC
Alvin Tan Sheng Hui
39– Head of public policy and economics at LinkedIn
– Served as secretary of the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee
– He is also chairman of the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Inter-racial and Religious Confidence Circle
Wan Rizal Wan Zakariah
42-Senior lecturer at the School of Sports in Republic Polytechnic
– Served as the chairman of Al-Islah mosque in Punggol
Eric Chua Swee Leong
41– Awarded the Local Merit Scholarship (Civil Defence) by the Public Service Commission
– Was Commander of the 3rd SCDF Division
– Was chairman of the People’s Association Youth Movement’s Central Youth Council
Derrick Goh Soon Hee
51– Served as Head of POSB Bank
– Served as Vice-chairman of Gambas-Yishun Citizens’ Consultative Committee (CCC)
– Served as Deputy Assistant Commissioner and Deputy Commander at SPF
– Serves as Managing Director and Head of group audit at DBS Bank
Alex Yeo Sheng Chye
41– Active grassroots volunteer in Potong Pasir since 2014
– Served as the branch chairperson for the PAP in Paya Lebar ward in Aljunied GRC
– Serves as Director of law firm Niru & Co
Gan Siow Huang
46-First female general in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)
– One of the first four women to receive the SAF Merit Scholarship in 1993
– Resigned from her role as Chief of Staff – Air in 2020
– Currently serves as Deputy chief executive of e2i
– Has been engaged in grassroots volunteering in Bishan
Rachel Ong Sin Yen
47– Chief executive of local enterprise ROHEI
– Founded Trybe, a charity that runs a boys’ home and drug rehabilitation centre
Sharael Taha
39– He oversaw global projects across Rolls-Royce’s engine assembly and test facilities
– Serves as vice-president of the strategy and project management office at Singapore Aero Engine Services
Carrie Tan
38– Founding executive director of a social enterprise to provide skills training for underprivileged women called Daughters of Tomorrow
Mariam Jaafar
43– Graduated from Harvard Business School
– Serves as Partner and managing director (Singapore) of the Boston Consulting Group
Shawn Huang
38– Former fighter pilot with the RSAF
– Serves as Director of the Enterprise Development Group at Temasek Holdings
Chan Hui Yuh
44– Marketing director of Jingslink Marketing
– Advisor to the PAP’s Aljunied grassroots organisations and is branch secretary of Aljunied’s Serangoon division since 2015
Poh Li San
45– Former search and rescue helicopter pilot with RSAF
– Serves as Vice-president of Changi Airport Group
Raymond Lye Hoong Yip
54– Former magistrate and deputy registrar of the State Courts before entering the private sector
– Conferred the Public Service Star in 2008 and Public Service Medal in 1998
– Serves as Managing partner of his own law firm, Union Law
 Xie Yao Quan
35– Serves as vice-chairman of the Jurong Spring Citizens’ Consultative Committee
– Serves as head of healthcare redesign at Alexandra Hospital

Workers’ Party

The Workers’ Party (WP), headed by Pritam Singh, has unveiled a total of 21 candidates so far including two NCMPs, and Low Thia Khiang’s legislative assistant.

CandidateAgeBackground
Louis Chua Kheng Wee
33– Vice President at a global bank
Nicole Seah
33– Associate director at a multinational marketing group
– Was a candidate for National Solidarity Party (NSP) in the 2011 election
Yee Jenn Jong
55– Was a Non-Constituency MP from 2011 to 2015
Muhammad Azhar Abdul Latip
33– Lost his left leg in a traffic accident in 2014
– Was a marine insurance broker with an international brokerage before that
– Now he is a Grab driver and small-business owner
Dennis Tan
49 – A lawyer who runs his own firm
– Also a Non-Constituency MP
Raeesah Khan
26Founded non-profit organisation Reyna Movement
Jamus Lim
44– Worked at the World Bank
Graduated from Harvard University with a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Political Economics
Now an associate professor of economics at ESSEC Business School
Dylan Ng
44– Former Head of Wealth Management, Senior Vice-President of KGI Securities
Ron Tan Jun Yen
35– Serves as Legislative Assistant to MP Low Thia Khiang
– Serves as Senior Assistant Manager, NUHS Research Office
Kenneth Foo
42– Former Assistant Director at Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE)
– Serves as Legislative Assistant to MP Sylvia Lim
– Serves as Deputy Director of Singapore Cancer Society
Muhammad Fadli Bin Mohammed Fawzi
39– Former senior policy development officer with the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS)
– Serves as criminal and litigation lawyer with Inkwell Law Corporation
Nathaniel Koh
36– Digital Product Owner at a multinational organisation
Tan Chen Chen
38– Currently a contracts administrator
Terence Tan
48– Former managing director of a multinational hotel group
– Former head of the investment and development division of a real estate and hotel developer
– Currently an advocate and solicitor
Abdul Shariff Bin Aboo Kassim
54– Former NightRider bus driver and taxi driver to fund his expenses
– Former Researcher
Gerald Giam
42– Former Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP)
– Former Senior Consultant with a multinational technology consulting firm
– Former Foreign Service Officer at the MFA
– Currently a Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of a tech start-up
He Ting Ru
37– A Cambridge Natural Sciences grad before she read law in London
– Currently works as a lawyer
Leon Perera
49– Former Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP)
– Currently serves as CEO of an international market research consultancy
Muhamad Faisal Bin Abdul Manap
45– Serves as Chairman of Aljunied-Hougang Town Council’s (AHTC) Estate and Community Liaison Committee (AHTC)
– Serves as an MP of Kaki Buki Division, Aljunied GRC
– Currently works as a Freelance Counsellor
Pritam Singh
43– Serves as Party Secretary-General
– Serves as MP of Eunos Division, Aljunied GRC
– Currently works as a lawyer
Sylvia Lim
55– Serves as Party Chairman
– Serves as MP of Serangoon Division, Aljunied GRC
– Currently works as an Advocate and Solicitor

Progress Singapore Party

Progress Singapore Party, headed by Tan Cheng Bock, has unveiled a total of 24 candidates so far, including a former PSC scholar and Singapore Airlines (SIA) pilot.

CandidateAgeBackground
Dr Tan Cheng Bock

80 Former MP for Ayer Rajah for 26 years, when he was with the PAP
Stood for the 2011 Presidential Election, where he lost marginally to Dr Tony Tan
– Formed Progress Singapore Party
Serves as the Secretary-General of the PSP
Francis Yuen
70 – Was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the SAF
– Worked in ST Aerospace and other global companies such as Honeywell and Ingersoll Rand.
Ms Gigene Wong
54– Former chief executive officer of Gulf Oil China
– Former chief finance officer of Foshan Electrical and Lighting Co.
Hazel Poa
50– Attained a PSC Overseas Merit Scholarship
– Graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Mathematics
– Served in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service Division
– Now owns five education centres and a private school
Sri Nallakaruppan
56– A chartered accountant registered with the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants
– Works as an investment specialist in capital markets for 25 years
Bradley Bowyer
53– Works in film, television and theatre
– Former member of the Peoples Voice party
Muhammad Taufik Supan
40– Information technology professional
Leong Mun Wai
60– Former Public Service Commission (PSC) scholar
– Managing Director of OCBC Securities
– Director of Merrill Lynch HK and Investment officer of GIC
Terence Soon
29– Pilot at Singapore Airlines, previously running his own business in the private aviation industry
Abdul Rahman
67– Formerly working with the Singapore Fire Brigade in 1975, and now a Fellow with the Institution of Fire Engineers UK.
– He is currently working as a Consulting Engineer specialising in Fire and Life Safety audit and design with Parsons International.
Kala Manickam
52– Former Platoon Commander of the Women Wing in SAF later switching to the private sector, holding 30 years of working experience in Human Resource Management and Learning Development
Jeffrey Khoo Poh Tiong
51– Chief Marketing Officer, APAC for an MNC in the insurance sector
– Honorary Treasurer at The National University of Singapore Society (NUSS)
Lim Cher Hong
42– Author and Chartered Financial Consultant
– He was a Programme Coordinator cum Trainer for the Silver Generation Office (SGO)
Michael Chua
55Received Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Merit Scholarship in 1985
– He left active service in 2002 as a Major and moved to the private sector, but continued doing National Service as a Deputy Brigade Commander until 2016
– Now runs a private firm in environmental sector
Kumaran Pillai
49– Co-founded The Independent Singapore but left in Feb to join politics
– Now manages several startups and is the chief executive officer of venture accelerator Apple Seed
Wendy Low
43– Intellectual property lawyer at Eldan Law LLP
– Volunteers with Justice Without Borders to provide pro-bono legal advice to domestic workers
Nadarajah Loganathan
57– Co-founder of a skills-training firm
– Served in the SAF for 25 years as a lieutenant-colonel
Damien Tay
51– Worked in commercial operations in an MNC for 30 years
– Now a customer service manager
Choo Shaun Ming
23Studied at Raffles Institution where he was a student leader
Started as a law undergraduate student in NUS
Dr Tan Meng Wah
57– Former Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), NUS
– Before joining IPS, he was an Associate Lecturer with UniSIM
– Received his PhD in World Economics from Nanjing University in China
Works as an industry consultant teaching at NTU, with its M.Sc in Technopreneurship
Abas Kasmani
67– A business consultant and senior trainer
Kayla Low
43– A chartered accountant and chief operating officer and chief financial officer of a group of 11 companies
– Former prisons officer 
Harish Pillay
60– Global head of community architecture and leadership at software firm Red Hat
Dr Ang Yong Guan
65– Served as a psychiatrist at the SAF Military Medicine Institute
Awarded the Public Service Medal (PBM)
Contested in the GE as a candidate for Singapore Democratic Party
Ran in the GE as a candidate for SingFirst (Singaporeans First) political party

Which GRCs Would They Be Contesting For?

WP has confirmed that it will be contesting in Sengkang GRC, Marine Parade GRC, East Coast GRC and Aljunied GRC. Sengkang GRC and Aljunied GRC have been known to be WP’s stomping grounds.

They are also contesting in Hougang and Punggol West SMCs.

On the other hand, PSP is expected to contest at West Coast Group GRC, Nee Soon GRC, Chua Chu Kang GRC, Tanjong Pagar GRC, Hong Kah North SMC, Marymount SMC, Kebun Baru SMC and Pioneer SMC.


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