PAP First Female General Contesting Alone in a SMC Against PSP Ang Yong Guan

It’s 30 Jun and today, all electors will know who are the candidates in their zones.

And first up is PAP candidate, Gan Siow Huang, also the first female general in the SAF among many other firsts.

According to media reports, Ms Gan has arrived early at Deyi Secondary School, which is the nomination centre for Aljunied, Ang Mo Kio, Marymount and Yio Chu Kang.

She had told reporters that she will be contesting in Marymount SMC.

You got to admit that this also speaks of the amount of faith the PAP has in Ms Gan’s abilities, letting a new face (to the political scene) contest alone instead of being part of a GRC team led by older, more experienced politicians.

The other new face in PAP’s team running for an SMC is Mr Yip Hon Went, according to Todayonline.

She is running against PSP candidate, Ang Yong Guan, in Marymount SMC for this year’s General Election.

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Gan Siow Huang

Image: PAP

PAP introducing Ms Gan is akin to Workers’ Party introducing Nicole Seah: it’s like a drama written by a Channel 8 scriptwriter.

Ms Gan was thrust in the limelight for being the first female General in Singapore, and soon, her face was splashed across all newspapers after she was spotted walking the grounds in Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC.

The former general said her career in the military is one of the most fulfilling choices she’s made, and the other one is…marrying her husband.


So, why trade her green (or blue, in her case) fatigue for white?

She said, “And I would say it is natural for people in the SAF to want to continue to serve, even when they leave the military.”

You can read more about Ms Gan here.

Ang Yong Guan

A medical professional, Ang has been in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) for 23 years, with a majority of his service serving as the Chief Psychiatrist.

He first appeared in politics under the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) banner back in 2011 when he stood for election at the Holland-Bukit Timah GRC.

He then followed Tan Jee Say and formed the Singaporeans First (SingFirst) Party for GE2015.

When asked why he left SingFirst, he said that he saw the potential in PSP to launch him into parliament.

You can find out more about PSP candidates here.


PAP vs SPP In Bishan-Toa Payoh Ward

The Marymount SMC seat was carved out from the five-member Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, reducing the number of seats in the Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC to four.

In GE2020, Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC will see a heated battle between the PAP team and the Singapore People’s Party (SPP) team.

The PAP team is consists of Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, 61, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and Education Chee Hong Tat, 46, Mr Saktiandi Supaat, also 46, and Mr Chong Kee Hiong, 54

The SPP team consists of led by party chief and former Non-Constituency MP Steve Chia, 49, with long-time SPP member Williiamson Lee, 40, former Reform Party member Osman Sulaiman, 45, and former Singaporeans First party member Melvyn Chiu, 40.

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