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He did not get his paper work done, nor did he have any assentors and election deposit, but that did not stop potential independent candidate Shirwin Eu from turning up at the Nomination Centre for the Bukit Batok by-election on Wednesday to try and file his papers. The 32-year-old Uber driver told the media he had hoped that he would be allowed to contest based on goodwill. Seriously?
Like last year, Shirwin, who had planned to contest Bukit Panjang SMC during the General Election, arrived at the Nomination Centre looking for residents to sign his nomination paper. He even offered a S$50 discount to whoever who was willing to do so.
When asked why he wanted to run for the by-election, Shirwin candidly replied that he would like to “enjoy the fame and wealth of this job prospect”. Though he does not know what residents want or what he can offer, he said residents should vote for him because he is “a more attractive candidate - I am young and honest”. Not shy, this one.
The by-election in Bukit Batok SMC will be a straight fight between the People’s Action Party’s Murali Pillai and Singapore Democratic Party’s Chee Soon Juan. Voters will go to the polls on May 7.