Wednesday, 9 September 2015

GE2015: Voters concerned about future, weighing options very carefully, says ESM Goh

By Royston Sim, Assistant News Editor and Jermyn Chow, Defence Correspondent, The Straits Times, 9 Sep 2015

While voters wanted a group representation constituency to go to the opposition in 2011, they are concerned about the future this time round and weighing their options very carefully, said Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday (Sept 9), ESM Goh gave his observations on the 2015 General Election. "People are very savvy as to what they want for the country," he said.

It's the last day of campaigning before cooling off day on Thursday. Emeritus Senior Minister, and People's Action Party candidate, Goh Chok Tong (MParader), urged voters to think carefully before they head to the polls on Friday. #GE2015 #sgvotes #sgelections
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He urged voters to listen to both Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the opposition, before thinking through carefully and deciding what is in their best interests.

ESM Goh is part of a five-member team contesting Marine Parade GRC against the Workers' Party. The PAP slate also includes anchor minister Tan Chuan-Jin as well as backbenchers Fatimah Lateef, Seah Kian Peng and Edwin Tong.

9月9日【视频】也是人民行动党People's Action Party马林百列集选区候选人的荣誉国务资政吴作栋MParader说:之前身为一名总理,我第一件要做的事是要达成共识、团结人民。所以投票日结束后,总理要做的是要再团结人民。一般上,我们需要约1年的时间这么做,2011年花了更长的时间,这次的大选就不知道了。#ge2015 #sgelections
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ESM Goh said that his priority as prime minister was to build consensus.

He gave the analogy of voters as a piece of fabric, tugged in different directions. The sooner people can be brought together after the general election, the sooner the country can be taken forward, he said.

There can be a diversity of views but it is not good if the country does not unite, he said, citing Sri Lanka, which was split by a long-running and bloody civil war.

9月9日【视频】也是马林百列集选区人民行动党People's Action Party候选人的荣誉国务资政吴作栋MParader说:之前身为一名总理,其中一个挑战是要委任部长。每一位部长都有各自的优缺点,没有人是完全没有缺点的,除了我可以想到的一个人,那就是李光耀先生,但其他人包括我自己,在相比之下,都会有各自的缺点。#ge2015 #sgelections
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The next task for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong after the elections is to form a new government, ESM Goh said.

A "very strong team" is needed, as every minister has strengths and weaknesses, he added. The exception, he said, was founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, who "was all strength and no weakness".

Social and Family Development Minister Tan Chuan-Jin offered four considerations to voters during the press conference.

The Government has begun to work with individuals and groups who are passionate about issues, and this is a trend that will continue, says Social and Family Development Minister, and People's Action Party candidate, Tan Chuan-Jin, as he suggested four key points for voters to consider ahead of Polling Day. #GE2015 #sgvotes #sgelection
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"One, how do we keep Singapore relevant? Two, is it important to have strong leadership? Three, what kind of system do we want? Four, what kind of nation do we want to be?" he said.

Asked for their response to the WP saying they can manage Marine Parade Town Council, Mr Tan said he would leave it to residents to decide for themselves.

Mr Seah, the vice-chairman of Marine Parade Town Council, said voters should look at the parties' track record.

As to why the PAP is not staging an election rally in Marine Parade, Mr Tan said they decided against it as it was not effective in engaging residents directly. He noted that several PAP GRC teams did not stage rallies as well, such as Jurong GRC and West Coast GRC.

Mr Goh said he supported Mr Tan's reasons for not having a rally.

He cited how his team picked up the sense that private estate residents wanted more upgrading programmes, and will look into this. These are things that are not picked up at rallies, he said.

The electoral battle will come to an end this midnight. Much heat has been generated but the hustings have also given us...
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