'People's person' Lee believes in the value of personal touch

SINGAPORE - Workers' Party (WP) candidate Lee Li Lian said her strategy for the Punggol East by-election would be no different from when she contested the ward in the 2011 General Election (GE), but she intended to do more.

Emphasising that she is a "people's person", Ms Lee said yesterday that she intended to visit all the households in the ward.

"I still believe in personal touch, face to face (interaction)," the 34-year-old sales trainer told reporters after the Nomination Day proceedings yesterday afternoon.

She has a Facebook fan page now, something she did not have in 2011.

Ms Lee contested Punggol East in the last GE, winning 41 per cent of the votes.

Asked if having contested before gives her an advantage over the People's Action Party's (PAP's) Dr Koh Poh Koon, who is a new face, Ms Lee said she was not taking anything for granted.

"I will do what I did in the last campaign, but I will do more," she said.

Having been with the WP since 2006, Ms Lee cited her grassroots experience as one of her strengths.

After the last election, she has been serving as legislative assistant to Member of Parliament Pritam Singh in the Eunos division of Aljunied GRC.

Her husband, Mr Koh Chee Koon, 36, a telecommunications consultant, accompanied her to the Nomination Centre yesterday.

Ms Lee quipped in Mandarin: "He helped me iron my shirt... (But seriously) he gives me a lot of emotional support and is always behind, encouraging me."


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