Progress Singapore Party’s (PSP) Dr Ang Yong Guan is facing off against the People’s Action Party (PAP) Gan Siow Huang at Marymount SMC this GE2020.
After a successful nomination at the Deyi Secondary School nomination centre for the ward, Dr Ang had a few words to say about his opponent, who is an ex-Singapore Armed Forces general, which was posted on his Facebook page.
Dr Ang said of Ms Gan: “She is obviously very capable. She was made a general, the first female general in the Singapore armed forces at 45 and she’s not in politics. In terms of capability, I think no problem.”
“But in terms of her passion her desire her value system, her reason to be in politics and how she can contribute to better the political landscape in Singapore, I am not sure,” he added.
In the video, Dr Ang also talked about his experience of having contested in two previous general elections in 2011 and 2015 and in being a grassroots leader for over a decade, contrasted with Ms Gan who is a first-time political candidate.
He said, “Having had a chance to contest in previous elections and having been a grassroots leader for more than 15 years, I feel that I can contribute better than her in some areas; and I will try my best to emphasise these areas so that the voters at Marymount [SMC] will see a difference between me and her and will cast their votes for me,” he said.
Dr Ang, a psychiatrist, has also served with the SAF for 23 years from 1980 to 2003, retiring with the rank of colonel after serving 17 years as Chief Psychiatrist.
Dr Ang said he would be “combing the entire area” from Blk 301 in the Shunfu area to Blk 219 at the border of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park throughout the campaign period.
“What I want to do is identify local issues and do my best to bring them up, resolve them, and if necessary, bring it up to a higher level. At the national level, there are many issues which I, together with my PSP MPs, potential MPs, we will resolve those problems,” he asserted.
Dr Ang also said that he is glad for the opportunity of a “one to one fight” with Ms Gan for the new single member constituency.
He then urged voters to deny PAP two thirds majority, describing the party’s supermajority in Parliament as “unhealthy“.
He said, “Give us the mandate of at least one third; give us one third so that at least 32 of us can go in to have checks and balances on this superior party… and then we will indeed be maturing in this political process.”