When will a Minister Stand in a SMC?

I expect the answer is not NEVER, but NOW. Teo Ser Luck and Grace Fu are among those who said they are glad to slug it out in a SMC. The stakes are high for the Senior Parliamentary Secretary and Senior Minister of State to commit themselves, I appreciate it but want more from the incumbents.

I’m waiting for a minister to throw down the gauntlet and say that he is going to stand in a SMC and has his knuckle dusters and a hidden knife in his boot ready, and is more than happy to take on any opposition. Since a minister is paid millions, I repeat millions in tax-payers money, I expect no less of a minister. That is the ultimate sign of endorsement and legitimacy. Of course the PAP, so comfortable in their entrenched power might balk at the idea and risk.

So let’s be generous and fair then, let one of those many ministers without portfolios in the Prime Minister’s Office stand in the sand. Lim Boon Heng comes to mind actually.  The PAP would then ask themselves whether the risk of putting a PMO minister or a real minister is greater. Whatever they decide, if they don’t put any minister in at least one of the 12 SMCs in the coming election, the writing is clear on the wall. The ministers never could stand by themselves in an election in a SMC. They can only survive politically in a GRC.

More than happy to stand in single member ward, says Grace Fu
05:55 AM Nov 08, 2010
by Joanne Chan

SINGAPORE – Senior Minister of State for National Development and Education Grace Fu said she was “more than happy” to stand for election in a single member constituency (SMC) should her party require her to.

“Whether we are fielded in an SMC or a Group Representation Constituency (GRC), we have to expect the instruction from the party,” said Ms Fu – who is in the Jurong GRC – when asked about the speculation that she will be contesting in a single member ward.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a community event yesterday, she added that she has been studying and learning from more experienced party members in preparation for the coming General Election.

The PAP team in Jurong GRC did not face any contest in the 2006 General Election.

But Ms Fu said “we are told to expect the unexpected”.

At the community event, she joined grassroots leaders and residents in an annual cleanup of Yuhua estate and planted a tree to celebrate Clean and Green Singapore.

She also announced that four blocks in the estate would be getting lift upgrading, including Blocks 209, 210, 211 and 214 Jurong East Street 21.

Ms Fu said the Yuhua estate is relatively old – having been built in 1982 – and is home to many elderly residents.

As such, the lift upgrading programme will be beneficial to residents who are less mobile.


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