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SINGAPORE -- For election candidates in Singapore, walkabouts at food courts or "hawker centers" are the traditional way to connect with voters. This applies even to the man tipped to become the city-state's next prime minister.

Heng Swee Keat, the current deputy prime minister and finance minister, made the rounds last Friday morning in the Bedok area of his new East Coast constituency. Dressed in a bright white shirt and a mask bearing the ruling People's Action Party's lightning-bolt logo, he chatted with diners and workers while handing out PAP leaflets.

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