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    Aug 18, 2015

    50-50, says Sitoh of winning Potong Pasir SMC again

    SITOH Yih Pin will defend his hard-won Potong Pasir Single-Member Constituency (SMC) in the coming general election.

    He made the announcement on his own at the Kallang River ABC Park, opposite the People's Action Party (PAP) branch office in Potong Pasir, yesterday morning.

    "(PAP organising secretary) Ng Eng Hen has informed me that I will be fielded in Potong Pasir again. I am very happy about that," he told reporters.

    Mr Sitoh, 51, was victorious on his third attempt in 2011, after Singapore People's Party (SPP) chief Chiam See Tong had left the ward he held since 1984 to contest in the neighbouring Bishan-Toa Payoh Group Representation Constituency (GRC).

    He beat Mr Chiam's wife Lina Chiam, who is also SPP's chairman, with 50.4 per cent of the votes, winning by a mere 114 votes.

    On his chances of victory again, Mr Sitoh said they were "50-50".

    "When you won by only 114 votes and you've lost twice, you take nothing for granted. I don't dare to dream about a bigger vote margin. I just hope voters give us another chance.

    "After winning the election in May 2011, I told my team members we don't have much time. We have 1,500 days. We wanted the ABCD spirit: Acting Beyond the Call of Duty," he added.

    Mr Sitoh also said he would be sharing his manifesto soon and is promising residents a new internal bus service in the estate.

    He will renew his rivalry with Mrs Chiam, who had vowed to wrest back control of the ward.

    "I will be standing in Potong Pasir. I stood there, I promised people I will return, and I will come back again," Mrs Chiam, 66, a Non-Constituency MP, told The Straits Times in a July 25 interview.

    Potong Pasir is likely to see a three-cornered fight, with former National Solidarity Party secretary-general Tan Lam Siong declaring his intention to run as an independent candidate.