Singapore PM's brother Lee Hsien Yang will not contest July 10 election

Lee Hsien Yang (right) with other PSP members at a coffee shop in Singapore June 30, 2020. — TODAY pic
Lee Hsien Yang (right) with other PSP members at a coffee shop in Singapore June 30, 2020. — TODAY pic

SINGAPORE, June 30 — Progress Singapore Party (PSP) member Lee Hsien Yang did not file papers to be fielded as a candidate in the General Election (GE) on Nomination Day today, putting to rest speculations that had been brewing since Parliament was dissolved last week.

The speculations got even more heated this morning when Lee, the brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, turned up outside the nomination centre today.

He was at Bendemeer Primary School, the nomination centre for Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency (GRC), where he fist-bumped PSP’s candidates for Tanjong Pagar GRC before leaving.

Tanjong Pagar GRC was where his late father, Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, served as a Member of Parliament for 60 years.

Before he arrived at the nomination centre, he had gathered with PSP’s Tanjong Pagar team at a coffee shop nearby. Asked if he was running, he would only say: “Wait and see.” 

The Tanjong Pagar GRC line-up, which PSP announced last Friday, comprises PSP organising secretary Michael Chua, 55, workplace safety senior trainer Abas Kasmani, 67, IT professional Harish Pillay, 60, Singapore Airlines pilot Terence Soon, 29, and lawyer Wendy Low, 43.

Lee had noted on Wednesday that there are many ways he can contribute to the party. When asked to elaborate, he then said: “I think it’s not difficult to guess what ways there are.”

When a reporter suggested to him if he would be contributing financially or if he would appear in PSP’s campaign videos, he said: “It’s quite possible, if you think it is a good idea, and if the people think it is a good idea. I might think about it, and you’ll hear about it quite quickly if I do.” — TODAY

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