Yawning Bread Photo Essay - May 2006

Rally at Ang Mo Kio field





Thursday night (4 May 2006), I gave myself the theme of covering the younger opposition candidates at their rallies. This would mean covering the Workers' Party rally at Ang Mo Kio, then leaving midway to dash over to Chua Chu Kang to catch Steve Chia of the Singapore Democratic Alliance.

Ang Mo Kio Group Representation Constituency is a 6-man constituency, where the incumbent Members of Parliament is a team led by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Challenging him and his team at this election are 6 rookies from the Workers' Party. 3 of them are in their twenties, 2 in their thirties, with Gopal Krishnan, the minority-race candidate for the team, aged 52.

Ang Mo Kio GRC has never seen a contest since it was formed in 1991.

Prior to that however, the PAP's Lee Hsien Loong faced contests in his single-member Teck Ghee constituency, before it was absorbed into the GRC. In 1984, Lee got 80.4% of the votes while in 1988, he received 79.1%

The Workers' Party rookies are not expected to win in Ang Mo Kio GRC, but if they can obtain a significant percentage of the votes, it may embarrass the PAP, and Lee particularly.



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