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GE2020 not about individual, residents know COVID-19 a ‘curveball’: Manpower Minister Josephine Teo

Manpower Minister and PAP candidate for Jalan Besar GRC Josephine Teo (right) on a walkabout at Blk 92 Whampoa Makan Place. (Photo: Wan Ting Koh)Manpower Minister and PAP candidate for Jalan Besar GRC Josephine Teo (right) on a walkabout at Blk 92 Whampoa Makan Place. (Photo: Wan Ting Koh)
Manpower Minister and PAP candidate for Jalan Besar GRC Josephine Teo (right) on a walkabout at Blk 92 Whampoa Makan Place. (Photo: Wan Ting Koh)

SINGAPORE – An election is not about any individual, especially this “particular year”, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo.

Speaking to reporters at the start of a walkabout at Blk 92 Whampoa Makan Place with the other People’s Action Party (PAP) candidates for Jalan Besar Group Representation Constituency (GRC), she said, “It is about our lives, our jobs, our future.”

To a question from Yahoo News Singapore on how the government’s handling of the COVID-19 situation, especially with regard to the widespread infection among foreign workers across dormitories, could have impacted voters’ impression of her, Teo said, “They will make up their own minds. It’s not as though we have not explained what went on. And, in fact, quite a lot of the residents I’ve met encouraged me and also said that it is a very difficult situation. COVID-19 is absolutely a curveball. No one expected this. We have to do the best we can.”

She acknowledged however that when “we examine everything that we have done… I’m sure we will find many valuable lesson learned”.

This, she added, is “the attitude that all of us bring to the table”. “Never stop doing better, never stop learning.”

Opposition politician Lim Tean of Peoples Voice has also called on residents to make the election a referendum on Teo.

When asked about this, she quipped, “I’m not that important.”

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