HEALTH Minister Khaw Boon want said on Sunday that he was willing to stand in a single-member constituency (SMC) in the coming general election.

But if given a choice, he would prefer to stay put. Mr Khaw is an MP for Sembawang GRC.

His ward, also called Sembawang, is one of six in the GRC which, he acknowledges, faces a high chance of being shrunk in size, with fewer MPs.

His comments at a community event comes a day after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the electoral boundaries review committee had been convened. The committee's report will map out changes to Singapore's constituencies and this heralds that election is near. The election is due by February 2012.

The Sembawang GRC has two heavyweight ministers: Mr Khaw, a two-term MP, and Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, a five-term MP. But Mr Khaw is serving for the first time in Sembawang GRC, which he led in the 2006 election.

And having built up ties with the residents, 'every MP would like to stay on rather than move', he said when asked where he would prefer to battle.

Willing to stand in SMC