Three new faces have been unveiled as the new branch chairs of Sengkang Group Representation Constituency (GRC) earlier today (27 Mar).
They are NUS Assoc Prof Elmie Nekmat; Ms. Theodora Lai Xi Yi, chief strategy officer of food website Burpple; and Mr. Ling Weihong, a lawyer, replacing Mr. Ng Chee Meng, Mr. Amrin Amin, and Mr. Raymond Lye.
This is a sign that they will be the ruling party’s candidates there in the next General Election.
In his Facebook Post, the labor chief expressed his appreciation to the residents of Sengkang GRC, whose “kampong spirit and acts of kindness from many Singaporeans have warmed my heart and inspire me to commit to public service.”
He is confident the three new branch chairs “will do their best for residents.”
He gave his assurance that the latest additions were not new faces to Sengkang residents as they have served the constituency for a while.
“The appointment of them as the new branch chairs for the various branches will enable them to lead our activists to better serve residents,” said Dr. Lam.
Mr. Amrin and Mr. Lye will help to see through the transition for the PAP Sengkang team.
The appointment of the new branch chairs follows the PAP’s loss, with a vote share of 47.87 percent to the Workers’ Party (WP) in the 2020 General Election.
Background of new appointees
Assoc Prof Elmie Nekmat
A party activist since 2016, Assoc Pro Elmie started a parent and child digital safety and wellness network series in Sengkang in 2021. He also serves as a board member of the Singapore Sports Council, a council member of Ngee Ann Polytechnic, and a district councilor for the Central Community Development Council (CDC).
He is currently the associate professor of communications and new media and assistant dean of research in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the National University of Singapore.
Ms. Theodora Lai Xi Yi
Ms. Lai is the chief strategy officer of dining portal Burpple and has been a party activist since 2009. She is a founding member of the Young Women’s Leadership Connection, the founder of Prep Junior, an interactive app that helps teach Chinese to preschoolers, and an advisor with Safespace, a mobile platform that connects people who are going through mental health issues, with mental healthcare professionals. Ms. Lai is also a Northeast CDC district councilor.
Mr. Ling Weihong
Mr. Ling is a lawyer in private practice and has been a party activist since 2015.
He helped launch the Woodlands Mentoring program, which paired children from low-income families with youth mentors in the community and was an Assessor for Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act from April to October 2020. As a legal practitioner, he has also helped in legal clinics in the community was a volunteer with the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme between 2007 and 2016.