GE2020: WP scores stunning win in Sengkang, 2nd GRC ever to be won by opposition

Vernon Lee
·Senior Editor
·2-min read
The Workers' Party team for Sengkang GRC in GE2020 at a constituency political broadcast on 7 July 2020. (SCREENSHOTS: Mediacorp/YouTube)
The Workers' Party team for Sengkang GRC in GE2020 at a constituency political broadcast on 7 July 2020. (SCREENSHOTS: Mediacorp/YouTube)

SINGAPORE — The Workers’ Party (WP) has secured a stunning win in Sengkang GRC at the General Election on Friday (10 July) with 52.13 per cent of the votes.

It was the second ever GRC to fall into the hands of the opposition after the WP’s historic victory in Aljunied GRC in GE2011.

The WP’s Sengkang GRC team comprises He Ting Ru, Louis Chua Kheng Wee, Raeesah Khan, and Jamus Lim.

Speaking after the results, Dr Lim declared that the win “warms the cockles of our hearts”.

The PAP team is anchored by Ng Chee Meng, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, and also comprised Lam Pin Min, Amrin Amin and Raymond Lye. It has 47.87 per cent of the votes.

The closely watched GRC was in the news before the GE after two police reports were filed over alleged remarks made by WP’s Raeesah. The candidate later apologised for her “insensitive” remarks at a doorstop arranged by the WP. Police investigations into the matter are ongoing.

Last Saturday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong reached out to the residents of Sengkang GRC, urging them not to settle for the ‘PAP-lite’ WP.

PM Lee was referring to the televised debate last Wednesday involving representatives from four parties including Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan from the PAP and WP’s Dr Lim.

Dr Balakrishnan told Dr Lim that the PAP could have written the WP manifesto and said that was why the opposition party has been labelled by people as “PAP-lite or PAP-like”.

Lee said, “Why do you want to settle for PAP-lite? The real thing is much better. And here in Sengkang, you have the real thing with the four members of our PAP team.”

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