PAP released its manifesto for the upcoming election, as well as its slogan: “Our Lives, Our Jobs, Our Future”. The party’s secretary-general Lee cited that in a normal election, the party would have focused on long term plans for the nation; however, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, their manifesto would instead be about “overcome(ing) this crisis of a generation”. PAP also announced that 20 MPs had confirmed their political retirement, among which was deputy speaker and Punggol East SMC MP Charles Chong.
PAP’s candidate Ivan Lim Shaw Chuan was criticized online as “lacking compassion, and being arrogant and elitist”, but Lim later rebutted the criticism saying that “people can have different perspectives of the same incident” and said on an interview that he was “determined to stay the course”. Nevertheless, he withdrew from the nomination later that night, with the party accepting his decision.
After SDP pointed out how the PAP had already erected its flags in Marine Parade GRC, the Elections Department clarified that the rules pertaining to the display of posters and banners during election period did not apply because Nomination Day had not yet passed. A volunteer from the PAP branch office of Marine Parade claimed that the flags were put up “as part of National Day celebrations”, and that the erection of its flags had been done annually “for the past 20 to 30 years”.
PSP expressed concerns over the requirement to submit its scripts in advance to the Infocomm Media Development Authority and Mediacorp for the preparation of subtitles for political broadcasts on TV; organising secretary Michael Chua Teck Leong said that the submission of scripts at least 48 hours in advance was “disturbing” and was worried that its scripts could be leaked.
PSP member Lee Hsien Yang responded to the controversy surrounding PAP candidate Ivan Lim Shaw Chuan, saying that it raised questions about the PAP’s candidate screening process, and commented on how the PAP was not prepared for the controversy.
RP released its manifesto for the election with the slogan: “Build Back Better, Fairer”, citing the goals of overcoming obstacles during the pandemic.
Chairman Desmond Lim announced his decision to step down after the election, and would relinquish his post to SDA’s chief media officer Harminder Pal Singh.
WP secretary-general Pritam Singh and chairman Sylvia Lim introduced five new candidates: three first-timers Nathaniel Koh Kim Kui, Tan Chen Chen and Muhammad Fadli Mohammed Fawzi, and Kenneth Foo Seck Guan and Terence Tan Li Chern, whom had previously contested in Nee Soon GRC and Marine Parade GRC respectively. Singh also urged for a greater opposition presence in parliament, saying that the PAP would still retain a strong mandate as it would be contesting in every (93) seat, compared to the WP contesting 21.
PPP released its manifesto for the election, and secretary-general Goh Meng Seng announced that this will be his final involvement in a general election. He reiterated his belief that he could contribute more to Parliament as an opposition member if elected, compared to his counterpart Tin Pei Ling from the ruling PAP, though he acknowledged her contributions to MacPherson.
DPP announced that they will not be participating in the general election and backed its informal alliance with RP and PPP.
NSP confirmed that they will not be contesting in MacPherson SMC and backed PPP.
Three members of PV were approached by the police around Pasir Ris MRT Station (within Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC) while they were doing community outreach after they were seen carrying a placard with photos of PAP MPs sleeping in Parliament on the placard. PV secretary-general Lim Tean claimed that this incident was the “sort of harassment that opposition members find themselves under all the time”; a police spokesman later said that PV’s actions “amounted to a public demonstration, which requires a police permit.”