A roundup of key messages raised by PAP, RP, SDA and WP as they meet in a final by-election face-off today (Jan 26) to contest for Punggol East Single Member Constituency
Singapore Democratic Alliance: Desmond Lim, 45, Principal Engineer
1. To champion for opposition unity, if elected
2. Ran with the slogan, “Dedicated Local, Determined Leader” – a play on Mr Lim’s initials
3. Affordable childcare facilities and ease the cap on Medisave funds for the elderly
Desmond Lim conducted Singapore’s first “online rally” through a series of videos uploaded onto YouTube.
Mr Lim said this election "is not just about choices" but "about making an informed decision". He added that "carrying a party brand is not enough to make a candidate the best choice".
"Voting in a person who can stick on and do the job is what will matter in the long run."
In one of his videos, Mr Lim explained the reason behind SDA’s decision to conduct their rallies online. He said, “Many asked me why I am not doing an actual rally. Am I afraid of (low) attendance? Simple: It will save a small party like SDA costs, which will translate to a better deployment of resources to work within our parameters. This signifies the SDA confidence in not being intimidated to follow the norm, but rather make calculated decisions that set us apart and get the job done."
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