SINGAPORE: He’s no stranger to politics, having contested in West Coast Group Representation Constituency during the 2011 General Election. This time, Kenneth Jeyaretnam is venturing out on his own, to stand as Reform Party’s (RP) candidate in the Punggol East by—election.
The former hedge fund manager took over the reigns of the Reform Party, following the death of his father, J.B. Jeyaretnam.
He said he has come a long way from then, having initially had the mindset of an economist. "I’ve learnt, I’ve become much more of a democracy advocate, activist, and recognised that without democracy, without freedom, we’re not going to have prosperity."
Since contesting in the General Election in 2011, the 53—year—old said he has been walking the ground, making his presence felt in Punggol East since December last year.
Mr Jeyaretnam said his Party is relatively new, and has to work with limited resources, but he’s confident it has the interests of the residents at heart.
"I think we would focus both on the national and local level, on ensuring that the welfare of the citizens is uppermost in the government’s minds."
He said if elected, he will raise the concerns of the residents. These include cleanliness and drainage issues in the area, and questioning the lengthy renovation work of Rivervale Plaza.
He said he will also move to the ward if elected. "I use public transport, and I’ve noticed that there are a lot of problems with public transport, and delays on the Light Rail Transit (LRT) in getting here. I would hope I will experience it first hand, the problems faced by the locals."
Mr Jeyaretnam said residents have welcomed the Party standing in the by—election, and added that "it’s only right that the people should get to choose."
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