The People’s Action Party (PAP) has confirmed that Mr Edwin Tong will be fielded in Joo Chiat as part of the Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency (GRC) team for the coming General Election.
Anchored by Social and Family Development Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, the rest of the team will include incumbents Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, Assoc Prof Fatimah Lateef and Mr Seah Kian Peng.
The team had previously been cited as the likely line-up for Marine Parade GRC by Mr Goh on the MParader Facebook page. Mr Goh had said he requested for Mr Tong “to be tested” in Joo Chiat, a single-seat ward in the 2011 GE that has been absorbed into Marine Parade GRC for the coming GE.
Mr Tong, who comes from Moulmein-Kallang GRC, replaces MP Tin Pei Ling, who will stand in the newly carved-out MacPherson single-seat ward.
Fighting his 9th election, Mr Goh said this morning (Aug 26) he could have retired but felt duty-bound to stay on when Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong asked him to. On Mr Tan’s appointment as anchor minister in Marine Parade GRC, Mr Goh said: “This is national leadership transition in action”.