During another walkabout, the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) visited their secretary-general Dr Tan Cheng Bock’s political home-ground, West Coast Group Representation Committee (GRC) and were welcomed very warmly.
In a Facebook post yesterday, Dr Tan wrote, “West Coast Walkabout (14 Dec 2019). Today, we were received very warmly on a wet cold day”.
He added, “I met many of my former constituents and I was asked if I was coming home. I never left”.
Dr Tan entered the political arena in the 1980 general election under the PAP’s banner, and became the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ayer Rajah Single Member Constituency (SMC).
He won his first election with a vote of 83 per cent and came to be perceived as one of the best-performing candidates in Singapore over the next two decades, maintaining an average vote share of 77 per cent in subsequent elections. Dr Tan achieved his best score in the 2001 General Election, with a vote of 88 per cent.
The 2001 General Election was the last election Dr Tan contested in as a PAP candidate. It was also the last election in which Ayer Rajah was an SMC. Dr Tan left politics ahead of the 2006 general election, while his constituency was redrawn to the nearby West Coast GRC.
Dr Tan and his team appear to be going on a walkabout at least once every two weeks, with their last walkabout in the East at Geylang Serai.