August 30, 2015
THE Singapore People's Party (SPP) Secretary-General Chiam See Tong, one of the most prominent opposition figures in Singapore’s political history, won’t be running in next month's General Election (GE) for the first time since he campaigned as an independent candidate in 1976.
The veteran politician, who was MP for Potong Pasir for 27 years until 2011, will be advising SPP for the GE and won’t be retiring form
politics, the party said at a news conference on Sunday (30 Aug).
Chiam See Tong and Lina Chiam arrive at SPP's news conferenceChiam See Tong and Lina Chiam arrive at SPP's news Chiam last ran for election in 2011 when he contested in the Bishan-Toa Payoh Group Representation Constituency and lost to the team fielded by the People’s Action Party.
Meanwhile, SPP will be fielding Law Kim Hwee, Abdillah Zamzuri, Bryan Long, Benjamin Pwee and Mohamad Hamim Aliyas to contest in the GRC, with the latter two having resigned from the Democratic Progressive Party as secretary-general and chairman, respectively, to campaign under
the SPP banner. Under Singapore’s election rules, those contesting in a GRC have to be members from one party or are independent candidates.
They will face a PAP team comprising Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, Minister of State for Transport and Finance Josephine Teo, Chee Hong Tat, Chong Kee Hiong and Saktiandi Supaat