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RDU ‘welcomes’ PAP’s Ng Chee Meng to contest in Jurong GRC in upcoming GE

RDU Chief Ravi Philemon invites ex-PAP Minister Ng Chee Meng to run in Jurong GRC during next GE, seeks debate on aiding Singaporean workers amid economic challenges. Mr Ng is urged to declare where he is contesting early for better resident engagement.



Ravi Philemon, Secretary-General of Singapore’s alternative party Red Dot United (RDU), welcomes Ng Chee Meng, a former Minister from the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) to contest in Jurong GRC.

RDU expressed their desire to engage in a dialogue or debate with Mr Ng, who also holds the position of Secretary-General at the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), to discuss how Mr Ng and his union will support Singaporean workers during the challenging economic times

“We welcome Mr Ng to Jurong GRC, ” said Mr Philemon, “but if he is indeed committed Jurong GRC, he needs to make his intent known earlier so that the residents of Jurong GRC can get to know him better.”

Highlighting Mr Ng’s extensive tenure as a union chief and the myriad challenges faced by Singapore and its citizens in the current economic landscape, Mr Philemon posed questions to Mr Ng regarding the provision of concrete solutions to aid local workers during these trying times.

Mr Philemon also emphasized the longstanding assertion by the PAP that it is imperative for the union chief to hold a parliamentary seat.

However, since the 2020 election, during which Mr Ng was unsuccessful in securing a seat in Sengkang GRC, the union chief has been absent from the cabinet table.

Mr Philemon then asked whether the absence implies a diminished voice for workers in policies that directly impact them.

“These are all very important questions which we would like to have debate with Mr Ng, ” added Mr Philemon.

Mr Philemon, accompanied by RDU leaders and volunteers, visited the Clementi ward of Jurong GRC on Labour Day (1 May) to express gratitude and acknowledge the invaluable contributions of food delivery riders, who served as lifelines for tens of thousands of people during the Covid confinement period.

During the Labour Day walkabout, RDU distributed new mobile phones to delivery workers, recognizing these devices as indispensable tools that enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of food delivery operations.

Earlier, it was reported that Mr Ng attended a community event in the Bukit Batok area, sparked speculation about his potential candidacy in other GRCs with higher chances of winning, following his departure from Sengkang GRC.

There’s a general belief that if Ng were to contest in the next GE, Jurong GRC might offer a suitable platform, given the vacant seat left by former senior PAP Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who vacated it to contest in the Presidential Election last September.

RDU eyeing Jurong GRC amid 2024 early election speculation

During GE 2020, RDU led by Mr Ravi, alongside educator and counsellor Michelle Lee, theatre director Alec Tok Kim Yam, entrepreneur and author Liyana Dhamirah (33), and legal engineer Nicholas Tang, contested in Jurong GRC.

PAP led by then-senior Minister Mr Tharman retained Jurong GRC with a commanding 74.62% of the vote.

In addition to Mr Philemon, several other key members of RDU were featured in a video uploaded on their official Facebook page on Wednesday, sparking speculation about RDU’s potential candidates lineup for the upcoming GE.

These members include RDU chairman Dr David Foo, RDU treasurer Ms Dhamirah, CEC member Dr Syed Alwi Ahmad, Pang Heng Chuan, and party member Elijah Tay.

In the video, they discussed the challenges faced by ordinary Singaporean workers, such as limited job opportunities and the difficulties older workers encounter in finding employment.

They emphasized the need for Tripartite Guidelines to be legislated to address these issues effectively.

Furthermore, they called for better protection for workers who are retrenched due to technological disruptions, advocating for measures such as unemployment benefits and universal basic income, as proposed in RDU’s Shadow Budget.

As speculation about the timing of the next GE grows, sources suggest it might be strategically held in September, potentially aligning with cash handouts from Budget 2024 and before major elections in the United States and the United Kingdom in November.

The anticipation grows as the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) officially announced on 15 April Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s decision to step down, with Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong slated to succeed him on 15 May 2024.

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ng chee meng will be that fateful lightning rod that voted him out in sengkang. Now Bukit Batok please vote him out and vote out 摸那里murali as well. Let’s get Rid-out of these yaya papaya.

RDU hard to win .!!! sad

the name red dot don’t sounds nice to me. My opinion.

RDU needs to work harder please !!!

no point for oppositions keep saying the same thing over and over again which we know…..

anyway we need better err , faster-err and cheaper -err and more err oppositions in Parliament to help Singapooreans. What do you think?

Vote the pappies out !

don’t complain, cotton and pineapple lovers if you love free riders. tsk tsk tsk

Last edited 18 days ago by john lim

RDU should let WP or PSP to Go 1-on-1 with PAP in Jurong GRC of they really field Ng CB as the candidate to contest. Dont let this useless bugger get elected and bring harm to the society.

The PAP knows RDU is a weak fuck rubbish party so NCM chance of getting in is almost confirmed when field against them.
It is almost as good as NCM riding on any GRC coat tail to get in ,except NCM will never re-contest back in Seng Kang.
To do so in the latter is ….almost ….suicide!😆😆😆😆

And where is Ng Chee Meng staying again?!? A candidate elected by PAP to serve their interest not the interest of the ppl … Anyway, they just appear during election. In between the Four Years, you will never see them ….

RDU has worked hard in Jurong and the voters should send them to Parliament.

Everyone’s attempting to second guess where NCM will pop up, if he’s indeed going to pop up, … in thee upcoming GE.

Then again, … does it really matter where he should be posited by the regime.

His views and position as SecGen of NTUC, … mirrors that of the regime anyway.

So, if the electorate has any leanings towards him, as their representative, … knowing that he’s an out and out pap yes man, … they’re ostensibly voting for the status quo !!!