7 non-candidates who stole the limelight in GE2015

These people might not be contesting in the General Election, yet they managed to steal the limelight from the candidates.

Lui Tuck Yew
Lui Tuck Yew
08 Sep 2015

Lui Tuck Yew

He may be retiring from politics but Lui Tuck Yew has been garnering as much, if not more, attention than candidates in the GE. The former transport minister not only made several public appearances despite leaving politics, but he – and his bared biceps -- were spotted at rallies and around town hanging up party materials for the PAP.

Photo: Melvin Yong's Facebook

Amos Yee
Amos Yee
08 Sep 2015

Amos Yee

He wasn’t a speaker but blogger Amos Yee attracted much attention when he turned up at the Reform Party's rally at Yio Chu Kang Stadium on Sep 4, as well as on the SDP . Yee, who was accompanied by his mother, said he was there because of his “good buddy” Roy Ngerng and lawyer M Ravi, who were contesting in Ang Mo Kio GRC. Like a celebrity, famous Amos mingled with the RP team, posed for photos and selfies with the crowd, and one man was even overheard saying: “This is the highlight of the evening.”

Judging by these photos, he appeared to be basking in the attention, though he said he was "quite scared I'll steal the limelight”.

Ho Ching
Ho Ching
08 Sep 2015

Ho Ching

PM Lee might be in the spotlight, but Ho Ching’s presence hasn’t exactly gone unnoticed at events and on social media. On the 5th of September, PM Lee posted a photo of himself dozing off in the car, crediting his wife for the surreptitious snap – and just last night, Ho Ching posted a widely-circulated Facebook note explaining how Singapore has remained “a top rated triple-A credit country.” Onlookers have also spotted her accompanying her husband on walkabouts and enthusiastically supporting him at the Nomination Centre.

Chiam See Tong
Chiam See Tong
08 Sep 2015

Chiam See Tong

Singapore People's Party chairman Chiam See Tong, now 80, made a surprise appearance at his party’s first rally on 4th September. Looking frail but determined, he was helped up to the stage by Ravi Philemon, the SPP’s candidate for Hong Kah North, as the crowd got up on its feet and cheered his name. He also made a short speech where he criticised the PAP for its CPF scheme.Chiam spoke for about 7 minutes with his wife by his side, calling on Singaporeans to urge the government to return their CPF.

Other opposition candidates such as Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss, who is contesting Mountbatten, also paid tribute to Chiam, calling him a “first-class candidate.”

Photo: TODAY

Quah Kim Song
Quah Kim Song
08 Sep 2015

Quah Kim Song

Quah Kim Song, who is attached to Workers’ Party Chairman Sylvia Lim, has proven himself as a steady significant other throughout the GE period, having gushed to the media about their shared love of music and football. But he’s not the only one head-over-heels, as Sylvia Lim herself hinted at a rally in Boon Keng that she’d been attracted to Quah since young. She even called him her “personal driver”.

Photo: Sylvia Lim's Instagram

Han Hui Hui’s heckler
Han Hui Hui’s heckler
08 Sep 2015

Han Hui Hui’s heckler

Independent candidate Han Hui Hui received the heckling of a lifetime at the Delta Hockey Pitch on 3 September after an audience member shouted derisive yes-or-no answers after each of her instance. When Han Hui Hui asked, “The people of Radin Mas, when they face problems, who will they go to?” the heckler shouted, “No!” Likewise, when she stated that “you need to vote the right people into parliament,” he shouted, “Not you!” and again, “No!” when she asked for votes.

Photo: Mothership.sg

Special mention: Orh luak
Special mention: Orh luak
08 Sep 2015

Special mention: Orh luak

Seems like everyone’s eating orh luak and taking selfies with it these days. The "craze" first started when Sylvia Lim posted a photo of herself eat oyster omelette at a hawker centre in Fengshan, which led to speculation that she would be leaving her Aljunied GRC team to contest in Fengshan. The PAP’s Cheryl Chan, who is actually contesting in Fengshan SMC, chimed in to say that she preferred laksa or orh luak and that the bak chor mee is better than the orh luak at that particular hawker centre. The PAP’s Charles Chong also got in on the action, posting a photo of himself eating oyster omelette (which turned out to be orh neng instead of orh lahk) at a coffeeshop in Ajunied GRC, stating that the dish tastes better in Aljunied. The WP's Yee Jenn Jong tucked in as well, but as far as we know, his meal has remained controversy-free. 

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