WHILE Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was rallying support for the People’s Action Party in nearby Yio Chu Kang, Workers’ Party (WP) cadres were working the ground in Mr Lee’s Ang Mo Kio ward – which they indicated they might contest.
Led by Mr Yaw Shin Leong, an ex-co member of the WP’s Youth Wing, they covered some 15 residential blocks and the Cheng San wet market.
Said Mr Yaw, 30, an e-business analyst: “If it is in the national interest to come here, and if the WP leadership should so decide, my team mates and I are prepared to be fielded.”
He said his party knew the area well. “A portion of Ang Mo Kio actually belonged to Cheng San GRC” – which the WP had contested in 1997.
And like the ruling party, the WP could field more female candidates. Ms Lee Wai Leng, 26, a member of WP’s Central Executive Committee, said: “I hope to be called upon to contest. It would be the first time I’m contesting the elections. If the party is willing to send me, I’m prepared.”
Ms Lee, a graduate running a translation company, has been active in WP grassroots activities in Hougang, Aljunied and Nee Soon East. – LOH CHEE KONG