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Assoc Prof Fatimah Lateef and Emeritus Senior Minister Mr Goh Chok Tong having a conversation.
THE CONFIDENT MENTOR: Mr Goh Chok Tong described his role as guide for his team. When asked about the Opposition he commented: “Opposition parties come and go, like nomads. Nomads do not have interest in the people’s welfare – they are looking for plunder" and "WP is stronger than NSP, but there is a certain arrogance about them. They came, and out went the NSP. Would that same arrogance be able to replace me and my team in Marine Parade? Let them try.”
PAP's team to contest at Marine Parade GRC: Assoc Prof Fatimah Lateef, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Mr Goh Chok Tong, Mr Seah Kian Peng, Mr Edwin Tong.
THE FIRM HAND: Mr Goh Chok Tong was beaming with vigour and appeared to be firmer than the rest. When he was asked about the Opposition’s boast that its presence in Parliament had prompted the Government to implement changes: “You know the fable of the rooster which crows when the sun rises? Well, the rooster goes around boasting that its crowing causes the sun to rise. So, that’s what they are doing. They are like the rooster.”
Assoc Prof Fatimah Lateef and Emeritus Senior Minister Mr Goh Chok Tong having a conversation.
THE CONFIDENT MENTOR: Mr Goh Chok Tong described his role as guide for his team. When asked about the Opposition he commented: “Opposition parties come and go, like nomads. Nomads do not have interest in the people’s welfare – they are looking for plunder” and “WP is stronger than NSP, but there is a certain arrogance about them. They came, and out went the NSP. Would that same arrogance be able to replace me and my team in Marine Parade? Let them try.”
Both Mr Seah Kian Peng and Mr Edwin Tong using their mobile phones to take photos of the press conference.
BEING TRENDY: Both Mr Seah Kian Peng and Mr Edwin Tong took photos of the press conference using their mobile phones and subsequently took selfies.
Assoc Proff Fatimah Lateef speaking at the press conference.
MULTILINGUAL: Assoc Professor Fatimah Lateef spoke in both English and Malay during the conference. Healthcare is one of the few issues that she will champion. As she mentioned: “In Parliament, I have spoken on a variety of issues – healthcare is one that is close to my heart. Healthcare literacy is something that needs a lot of enhancement. I also champion issues related to women, low-income families and the elderly.” Prior to the press conference, she even spoke in Chinese with a couple of elderly residents, informing them of the press conference.
Resident watching Assoc Prof Fatimah Lateef.
CURIOUS CATS: Some residents peered out of their windows to watch the PAP candidates pose for photos and be interviewed by the press. Assoc Professor Fatimah Lateef spotted them and acknowledged by waving.

 

Photos by Yusof Najeer. 

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Ms Chong Wai Fung, Mr Jeffery George, DrChee Soon Juan and Mr Khung Wai Yeen,
(L-R) SDP party treasurer Ms Chong Wai Fung, party chairman Mr Jeffery George, party chief Dr Chee Soon Juan and Mr Khung Wai Yeen

 

Dr Chee Soon Juan sipping from a mug with the logo of SDP.
TIGHT LIPPED: Despite introducing two new candidates, SDP party chief Dr Chee Soon Juan did not reveal where they will be fielded.
SNEAK PEAK: Just hours after the Writ of elections was issued, SDP held it's press conference to announce two new candidates Ms Chong Wai Fung and Mr Khung Wai Yeen.
SNEAK PEAK: Just hours after the Writ of Elections was issued, SDP held its press conference to announce two new candidates Ms Chong Wai Fung and Mr Khung Wai Yeen.
Mr Chong Wai Fung and his team at the press conference.
NEW CANDIDATE: Mr Khung Wai Yeen (34), was formerly an Engineering Naval Specialist in the Singapore Navy. He says: “Working in a big organisation like the Navy has given me the necessary advantage of running the Town Council well”.
Ms Chong Wai Fung.
NEW CANDIDATE: Ms Chong Wai Fung (45) is a trained nurse and works in Ren Ci nursing home. Unsurprisingly, healthcare is one of the areas which she wishes to champion.
r Khung Wai Yeen poses for the photographers while Ms Chong Wai Fung retreats to a corner after finishing hers.
CAMERA CREWS: As Mr Khung Wai Yeen poses for the photographers, Ms Chong Wai Fung retreats to a corner after finishing hers, claiming that: “I have never been in front of so many cameras!”
Dr Chee Soon Juan posing for the press.
COOL AS A CUCUMBER: Dr Chee Soon Juan flashes his signature smile as photographers made multiple requests for him to “relax”.

 

PHOTOS by staff photographer Kong Chong Yew. 

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Tin Pei Ling poses for a photo op
Tin Pei Ling poses for a photo op.
Tin Pei Ling at PAP MacPherson's press conference
FULL STEAM AHEAD: Despite giving birth just two weeks ago, Ms Tin has no qualms about hitting the campaign trail. But no, not with baby in tow, she told reporters.
An old banner in PAP's MacPherson branch
THIRD TIME LUCKY?: MacPherson is revived as an SMC for the third time. All eyes are on Ms Tin Pei Ling as she defends her ward in what looks like GE2015’s only three-cornered fight.
Tin Pei Ling and Volunteers poses for a photo-op
ALL HANDS ON DECK: “It is important to recognise the efforts of all my volunteers throughout these years in MacPherson” – Ms Tin Pei Ling, who earlier chaired her press conference flanked by four grassroots leaders.
Media crowds around for photo-op
FLAG-OFF: PAP MacPherson candidate Tin Pei Ling delivers rice and food items to residents.
DPM Teo laughing
WORKING THE CROWD: DPM Teo greets the media before the press conference announcing the PAP Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC candidate line-up.
Coming from an average family, PAP Pasir Ris-Punggol candidate Ng Chee Meng fully endorses the PAP's core policy of meritocracy.
LIVE VIEWS: PAP Pasir Ris-Punggol candidate Ng Chee Meng tells of how he and his brothers benefited from Singapore’s system of meritocracy. Elder brother Ng Chee Khern, Chief of Air Force from 2006–2009, is now a Permanent Secretary in the Defence Ministry. Younger brother Ng Chee Peng, Chief of Navy from 2011–2014, is now the Chief Executive Officer of the CPF board.
Volunteers group photo
THUMBS-UP: Outgoing MP Ms Penny Low poses with her volunteers
Ng Chee Meng and Sun Xueling photo op
CORNER FIGHT: Newcomers on the PAP Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC slate Ng Chee Meng and Sun Xueling pose for a photo op.

 

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PAP Candidates Mr Alex Yam and Mr Ong Teng Koon dancing.
SO THEY THINK THEY CAN DANCE: PAP candidates Mr Alex Yam and Mr Ong Teng Koon show off some moves at a residents get together party just before the press conference. The party was attended by Pioneer generation residents from Blk 3, Marsiling Drive.
SO THEY THINK THEY CAN DANCE: PAP candidates Alex Yam and Ong Teng Koon show off some moves at a residents get together party just before the press conference. The party was attended by Pioneer generation residents from Blk 3, Marsiling Drive.
SO THEY THINK THEY CAN DANCE: (L-R) PAP candidates Mr Alex Yam and Mr Ong Teng Koon show off some moves at a residents get together party just before the press conference. The party was attended by pioneer generation residents from Blk 3, Marsiling Drive.
LET THE PARTY BEGIN: PAP's unveiling of the new Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC line-up coincided with a residents get together party.
LET THE PARTY BEGIN: PAP’s unveiling of the new Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC line-up coincided with a residents get together party.
Lawrence Wong and Ong Teng Koon Press Conference
LOOKALIKES: Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong shares a light-hearted moment with the media as he recounts his experience of being mistaken for Mr Ong Teng Koon during their walkabouts.
PAP candidate Mr Ong Teng Koon
TEARY EYED: PAP candidate Mr Ong Teng Koon recounting his experience and efforts on the ground which included an emotional story about a family living with bed bugs.
iSEE, iPHONE, iSHOOT: All eyes were on the new PAP Marsling-Yew Tee line-up as Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong talks about his plans for the newly formed GRC.
iSEE, iPHONE, iSHOOT: All eyes were on the new PAP Marsling-Yew Tee line-up as Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong talks about his plans for the newly formed GRC.
PAP Marsiling-Yew Tee team photo
THE MARCHING BAND: The new Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC team from the People’s Action Party. From left, Mr Alex Yam, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong, Speaker of Parliament Mdm Halimah Yacob and Mr Ong Teng Koon.

 

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DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam speaking to reporters
DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam speaking to reporters.
Jurong GRC team at press conference
SMALL ROOM BIG PARTY: New faces Rahayu Mahzam, third from right and Tan Wu Meng, fifth from right joins DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Ang Wei Neng and Desmond Lee to make the new five member Jurong GRC.
DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam's portrait
ACTION MAN: “In Jurong, We believe in doing it, and doing it with a heart” says DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam.
Jurong GRC team taking a group photo
POLITICAL PLAY: The new Jurong GRC team makes a photo-op at a playground outside the PAP branch at Clementi Blk 334.
Ms Rahayu Mahzam
FAMILY AND ORDER: Fresh face Rahayu Mahzam, a lawyer by training, hopes to focus on youth and family issues.

 

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A UNIQLO advertising panel opposite the blast site.
A UNIQLO advertising panel opposite the blast site.

ON MONDAY, Aug 17, a bomb exploded outside the Erawan Shrine at the Ratchaprasong intersection in Pathum Wan District, Bangkok, Thailand. Bangkok-based freelance photographer Andy Zingo recorded what took place at the scene the following day and shared his images with us. The blast left 22 people dead and about 120 others wounded. A Singaporean, Ms Melisa Liu Rui Chun, 34, was amongst those killed in the blast. Ms Liu, an AXA Singapore employee, was on holiday with her family and friends. Her husband and brother were also injured in the blast. Police Lieutenant-General (Lt-Gen) Prawut Thavornsiri, spokesman for the Royal Thai Police, announced a 1-million baht (S$39,480) reward for information that will lead to the arrest of the Ratchaprasong bomber.

Police officers starting the day gathering at the bomb blasts site near the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok on August 2015.
THE DAY AFTER: Police officers gathering at the blast site near the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok.
Thai Police Forensic Teams search the blast site around the Erawan Shirne Corner for evidence.
THE SEARCH: Thai Police forensic teams combing the blast site for evidence.
The golden statue of the Erawan Shrine was only slightly damaged on the face after the devastating bomb blast.
HARDLY TOUCHED: The bomb blast killed 20 people, but the golden statue of the Erawan Shrine was only slightly damaged.
Thai National Police Chief Pol Gen Somyot Poompunmuang surveying the bomb site.
MAN IN COMMAND: Thai Police Chief Pol Gen Somyot Poompanmoung surveying the bomb site.
The damaged display windows of the Erawan Grand Hyatt. The hotel is about 50metres away with hotel guests having their breaktfast when the blast occurred.
SHATTERED GLASS: The windows of the Erawan Grand Hyatt, about 50 metres away.
A UNIQLO advertising panel opposite the blast site.
FASHION UNCOVERED: A UNIQLO advertising panel opposite the blast site.
Thai police sniffers dogs were brought in to search for unexploded ordnance.
UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE?: That’s what these canines were supposed to sniff out.
Thai police forensic teams collecting evidence and photographic data.
PICTURES NEEDED: Thai Police forensic teams collecting photographic data.
Thai National Police Chief Pol Gen Somyot Poompunmuang brief the media near the blast site at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok.
POLICE REPORT: Thai Police Chief Pol Gen Somyot Poompanmoung briefing the media.

 

Images by Andy Zingo

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