SDP – Candidates

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Bukit Batok SMC


Chee Soon Juan, 57
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SDP Secretary-General

In the news:
30 June: PAP’s Bukit Batok candidate, Murali Pillai, claims son is victim of “scurrilous attack” via video circulating online. Chee condemns the alleged attack, says “[t]his is not what politics should be”.
28 June: Chee says many concerned about what happens after retrenchment.
24 June: Police reject Chee’s application to hold 3-day fundraising walk.

On the issues:
Proposes suspending GST till 2021.
Retrenchment benefits due to COVID-19.
Income for retirees over 65.
Rejects plans for 10 million population.

Political history:
2016: By-election, SDP candidate in the Bukit Batok SMC, 38.8% vote share.
2015: GE2015, SDP candidate in Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, 33.4% vote share.
2001: GE2001, SDP candidate in Jurong GRC, 20.3% vote share.
1997: GE1997, SDP candidate in MacPherson SMC, 34.9% vote share.
1993: Becomes Secretary-General of SDP (see “other notable moments”).
1992: Joins SDP. By-election, SDP candidate in Marine Parade GRC, 24.5% vote share.

Other notable moments:
• In 1993, months after joining the SDP, Chee was fired from NUS by Head of Department, S. Vasoo, for allegedly misusing research funds. Vasoo, who was a People’s Action Party (PAP) MP at the time, also sued Chee after the latter claimed his dismissal was politically motivated.
• After Chee’s dismissal from NUS, SDP’s then Sec-Gen, Chiam See Tong, grew increasingly critical of Chee’s public condemnation of the PAP. Chiam eventually vacated the Sec-Gen post in 1993, over disagreements with the Central Executive Committee (who backed Chee), and Chee became Sec-Gen.
• Read more about Chee’s bankruptcy period on Wikipedia, because the saga is simply too long to reproduce here. The article contains rather neutrally-written information on Chee’s activities before and during his bankruptcy, but do exercise your own critical reading as well.

Bukit Panjang SMC


Paul Tambyah, 55
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SDP Chairman
Professor and Senior Physician at NUH

In the news:
6 July: Tambyah says PAP twisted his words, denies claiming that that task force did not rely on medical experts, also says that MOM did indeed issue the advisory discouraging testing; “ultimately, the responsibility lies with MOM”.
6 July: POFMA correction order issued to CNA, Online Citizen Asia, NUS Society, and New Naratif over Paul Tambyah’s comments about the MOM “actively discouraging” the testing of migrant workers and doing so “without the advice from public health professionals”.

On the issues:

Political history:
2015: GE2015, SDP candidate in Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, 33.4% vote share.

Other notable moments:
• Medical school at NUS.
First Singaporean to head International Society of Infectious Diseases.
• Founding member of MARUAH, a Singaporean human rights organisation.

Holland-Bukit Timah GRC


Alfred Tan, 54
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Entrepreneur and Owner of Kopi Ong

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Political history:
2015: Joins SDP.

Other notable moments:
• Bachelor of Science from NUS. Master’s in Business Administration from University of Birmingham.


Min Cheong, 36
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Writer and Marketing Communications Strategist

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Political history:
2020: Unveiled as SDP candidate.

Other notable moments:
• Diploma in Mass Communication from NP. Bachelor’s in Political Science from SMU.
• Only Singaporean involved in “Road to Rio 20+”, a United Nations conference on sustainable development.


James Gomez, 55
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Regional Director at the Asia Centre

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Political history:
2011: GE2011, SDP candidate in Sembawang GRC, 36.1% vote share.
2006: GE2006, WP candidate in Aljunied GRC, 43.9% vote share.
2001: GE2001, WP candidate in Aljunied GRC, but GRC team was disqualified after they failed to submit complete forms on nomination day.

Other notable moments:
• Bachelor’s in Political Science from NUS. Master’s in Politics and Human Rights from University of Essex.
• In GE2006, Gomez accused the ELD of misplacing his minority-race candidate form. Later, he was found to have mistakenly placed the form in his bag. There was significant controversy over his initial accusations.


Tan Jee Say, 66
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Investment Adviser

In the news:
29 June: Seeks to rejoin SDP.
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Political history:
2015: GE2015, SingFirst candidate in Tanjong Pagar GRC, 22.3% vote share.
2014: Starts SingFirst.
2011: GE2011, SDP candidate in Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, 39.9% vote share. PE2011, Presidential candidate, 25% vote share.

Other notable moments:
• Bachelor’s in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford.
• Former Deputy Director for Economic and Manpower Planning.
• Former principal private secretary to then-PM Goh Chok Tong.

Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC


Benjamin Pwee, 52
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Business Development Strategist

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Political history:
2019: Joins SDP.
2015: GE2015, SPP candidate in Bishan-Toa Payoh, 26.4% vote share.
2011: GE2011, SPP candidate in Bishan-Toa Payoh, 43.1% vote share. Became SPP’s Second Assistant Secretary-General after the elections.

Other notable moments:
• Bachelor’s in Literature and Music from Cambridge on an Overseas Merit Scholarship. Master’s in Public Administration from LKYSPP. Master’s in Asian Studies from RSIS.
• Former civil servant, including a stint as the First Secretary at the Singapore Embassy in Beijing.
• Former Chairman of the PAP youth wing in Thomson.


Bryan Lim Boon Heng, 44
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SDP Treasurer
Assistant Director at a local hospital

In the news:
1 July: Claims SDP always receives invites to live GE debates “at the eleventh hour”.

On the issues:

Political history:
2015: GE2015, SDP candidate in Marsiling–Yew Tee GRC, 31.3% vote share.
2001: GE2001, SDP candidate in Hong Kah GRC, 20.3% vote share.

Other notable moments:
• Bachelor’s in Business from Monash University.
• Founding member of the SDP’s youth wing, Young Democrats.


Damanhuri Bin Abas, 51
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Former Director of Muhammadiyah Islamic College

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Political history:
2015: GE2015, SDP candidate in Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, 31.3% vote share.

Other notable moments:
• Bachelor’s in Architectural Study from NUS.


Khung Wai Yeen, 39
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Account Manager at a multinational corporation

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Political history:
2015: GE2015, SDP candidate in Bukit Panjang SMC, 31.6% vote share.

Other notable moments:
• Was a regular in the Navy for 8 years.

Yuhua SMC


Robin Low, 44
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Co-Founder of Relief 2.0

In the news:

On the issues:
Better support for marginalised families.

Political history:
2020: Unveiled as SDP candidate.

Other notable moments:
• Refugee work with various organisations in the United Nations.
• Worked at ISCOS, an organisation that helps ex-prisoners learn coding.

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