SINGAPORE: Acting Ministers Tan Chuan—Jin and Chan Chun Sing spoke on Sunday in support of Dr Koh Poh Koon — the People’s Action Party’s man for the Punggol East by—election.
Both said they have known Dr Koh for many years and described him as a sincere man who is passionate about making a difference.
Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan Jin said: "Poh Koon is a very good man. He’s very sincere very passionate, I think in all the things that he does. So whether as a doctor, and certainly now in his possible capacity as a Member of Parliament, possibly beyond that depending on what plans there are — Poh Koon is someone I trust, someone who I know has the people’s needs at heart, and he’s someone who cares a lot for society as well."
Mr Tan added, "I know it’s very difficult to get to know someone new in such a short period but I guess with all things, I hope that they would provide him a chance but there will also be other good candidates stepping forward from the opposition, and that’s always a good thing.
"It’s important to have choices and today we see that manifesting itself. I think it can only be good for society and it also forces the government to be on our toes. You can’t take things for granted. So whether you win over hearts and minds is something we have to earn and something Poh Koon has to do."
Mr Chan, who is Acting Minister Social and Family Development, said: "He has just embarked on a new career in the private practice and the fact that he is prepared to set that aside to come forward and serve the people of Singapore — I think that speaks a lot about this character.
"I’ve always known him to be somebody who feels a lot for fellow Singaporeans and I think we will be very happy and very proud to have him on the team."
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