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Chiam See Tong: We have no ill intentions towards the ex-CEC members

February 02
11:44 2012

the following is a public statement by Mr Chiam See Tong:

Some of the claims made in public against members in the SPP and myself have become so warped that I am now compelled to give a personal explanation.

The six members of the CEC submitted their resignations to the party on 27 January, asking for that to take place with immediate effect. While we were reluctant, I eventually accepted their resignations in writing as they had made the resignations public.

The party can confirm that we have received legal advice to refute claims that the conduct of the Ordinary Party Conference (OPC) elections for new CEC members on 29 January was unconstitutional. Those claims were made by the ex-members who were not present at the OPC, and thus may not have been aware of the proceedings that day.

It has been levelled against me as Secretary-General of the SPP that I am not interested in leadership renewal and succession, or in being consultative. Nothing can be further from the truth.

I am aggressively building up the next batch of potential leaders, consistent with the public statement the party made recently. At this point of time, we can confirm that our talent pipeline is not affected. But the baton should only be passed when the right leaders are in place. To be sure of the capability and aptitude of the next leader, they have to work with our grassroots and volunteers. They have to show commitment to attending our walkabouts and other party activities. They have to showcase their policymaking capabilities through the policy working group. 

I believe in the merits of a consultative, collective leadership. But the situation of a ‘lack of collective leadership’ which the party has been accused of was in fact a situation of ‘collective leadership’ exercised by those ex-CEC members in isolation from other CEC members. A key example of this was the setting up of their proposed community foundation under the banner of the SPP, which was privy only to them. The rest of the CEC was not consulted or involved in this setting up of this foundation.    

We have been asked to respond to specific accusations over disagreements concerning signboards, book publications and event invitations. We see no point in doing so. 

We reiterate that contrary to rumours, former presidential candidate Mr Tan Jee Say was not involved in the resignations. If he decides to join the SPP, we will welcome him fully.

The SPP is supportive of opposition unity and initiatives towards this end.

We have no ill intentions towards the ex-CEC members. They have indicated their intention to pursue other interests – we respect their decision and we sincerely wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

Chiam See Tong

Secretary-General

SPP


the following is a statement by Singapore People's Party:

On 29 January 2012, the SPP conducted an Ordinary Party Conference (OPC) and elected a new Central Executive Committee (CEC). The appointments within this new CEC have not yet been decided – this will be subjected to a vote within 3 weeks of the OPC, and will be announced in due course.

The party received both resignations, which had been accepted, as well as new applications for membership. This was an opportune time for the party to renew and strengthen the team.

The events within the SPP over the past week were an internal matter, and the party saw no need to speak to the media about it. However, some claims leveled at members in the party in public are untrue and we want to make certain clarifications. 

It was reported in several sources in the print and online media reported that the resignation of the CEC members was linked to former presidential candidate Mr Tan Jee Say. That rumour went that the possibility of Mr Tan joining the SPP was met with resistance from within the party. This is not true. If Mr Tan decides to join the SPP, we will fully welcome him.  The SPP is also supportive of opposition unity and initiatives towards this end.

We have 3 main points of focus now:  

Internally we are focused on building a sustainable pipeline of talents. The party takes the leadership pipeline seriously. This includes taking a very careful stance in planning for succession. To be accountable to Singaporeans whom we serve, the SPP has to be sure of the capability and aptitude of the next leader, whether he or she can work well with all the bases of the party including our strong grassroots and volunteers bases, and must be proven over time. This guiding principle applies to our decision in the OPC. The leadership in SPP has been carefully building up the character of select young candidates with the passion to serve through different platforms such as the policy working group and the weekly MPS. These potential leaders will be given the chance to drive key projects within the SPP for the good of Singaporeans. This select group receives personal mentorship from senior members of the SPP directly.

A second focus is the continuity of our work. Besides the policy work group, the party’s other activities continue as usual. These include its financial counselling sessions led by volunteer Mr Leong Sze Hian, at Potong Pasir Block 108; its weekly Meet the People sessions (MPS), conducted by NCMP Mrs Lina Chiam at Block 213 Lorong 8 Toa Payoh; and the party's regular walkabouts of outreach and door-to-door MPS at Bishan-Toa Payoh. Currently the team is working on inputs from the public for the upcoming parliamentary debate on the 2012 Singapore Budget. Our 3 priorities for policy work comprises of social and healthcare, CPF and economic growth.

Thirdly, the party sees Potong Pasir, Bishan-Toa Payoh and Hong Kah North constituencies as its priorities at the next general election due in 2016.

 
  • Rodolfo

    SPP looks in need of new blood. No matter how great, old horses have a limited political life to run.

  • Alex

    Sad incident for SPP

  • Eugene

    Sorry had to re-post cos of the paras (to diff) btw me and the papie
    @ pap forever

    1. stop counting coins. the wp bonus is up to 6 mths but has a higher base salary.
    The impression that the papies reaped off Singaporeans with their advocacy to pay for a corrupt free government for the last 10yrs is acknowledged by the papies themselves by appointing a review committee. The majority now still believe that the salaries are exorbitant (highest in the world) and only the electorade will judge.
     
    "Agreed Europe is not doing well in the last 5 years."
     
    you sure it's only the last 5 yrs?
    Even if according to your calculation the decline of Europe in economic terms started earlier, so what? In the world of economics up and down is the norm. Can't blame you cos you are trained to think of only being one up on the others. Ebbs and lows are part of economic cycle. We see China rising in their economic strength in the last 20 years  after a pronounced hermitage of nearly 100 years. 

    is this why their education system sucks? you mean italy, france or uk? hahaha. anyway, when they recover then we see. meanwhile, don't waste time asking me to look at countries that have sunk. the only credible euro country is germany, who is single-handedly trying to save the rest.
    Your warpped mind places a definite end to Europes economic cycle by claiming it has sunk. It has not sunk permanently. A few tweaking of Fiscal policies shall revive them back. If you despise the education system of UK, why the hell are our scholars still pursuing their papers in that country. Germany knows that it cannot survive alone in Europe so it has to take part in the reviving process.
    Hopefully you papies learn from Germany how to co-exist with your neighbours instead of doubting and war mongering Malaysia. Lucky we had Malaysia as neighbours than China. China would have long repocessed Singapore some 20 years ago.  
     
    and which government regulates? us, no? oh i see, republican is bad, democrats are good. heard of clinton?
     
    and you're only referring to the financial system. the us POLITICAL system has been in turmoil for at least 15 years. how did bush win the election? from the way their elections are run, to their runaway media, to the bitter split between democrats and republicans, to the deadlock in congress and senate, to their public education, to their health insurace…. it is nothing short of a rot. their country is paralysed by their political system and you want to look at the us.
     
    just because they spend more on defense doesn't mean i must follow their political system. protect the world you say? hahaha. more like their own interest. hahaha. you are a true-blue american. do yourself a favour and ease up on the saving pte ryan movies. protect the world like in…vietnam or afganistan? by the way, still waiting for the wmd in afgan? you found it? america protecting the world. hahahaha. psss…captain america is just a movie, they don't actually do that in real life.
    THE REALITY OF AMERICA  IS THAT WHICHEVER PARTY IS IN GOVERNMENT , THE AMERICANS ARE GIVEN THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND INFORMATION. UNLIKE IN SINGAPORE WHERE THE PAPIES RULE THIS ISLAND WITH AN IRON FIST CURBING THE BASIC RIGHT OF INFORMATION AND EXPRESSION.  AS I SAID YOU PAPIES STOP COMPARING AN ELEPHANT WITH A HOUSEFLY.
     
    "A rented (99 yr lease) new flat which can last for 2 generations only costs $400,000 to $500,000."
     
    99 years condo also rented. how? you see a lot of space in spore? OH I SEE…you want freehold ah? like the ppl at the top la. ppl have, you also want. what an irrelevant point. 99 or what, you still own the thing, you can still sell it, it's yours.
    HDB FLAT THAT WE OWN WILL NEVER BELONG TO US. IT IS A TEMPORARY ABODE. AND IS OVERPRICED AND ADDING THE INTEREST FACTOR IT IS EXORBITANT. EXCEPT FOR THE INITIAL 15 YEARS, HDB HAS BECOME AN INSTITUTION MAKING EXTREME PROFITS REAPING SINGAPOREANS OFF.
     
    "120,000 of  them have to receive shit times pocket money fund in order not to be hungry in school."
     
    they get more than that and there are other charities chipping in too. pls lah, talk facts, don't try sob sob story.
     
    "Here one in four tertiary student is a foreigner getting subsidy."
     
    you sure of this figure? 
    PLEASE CHECK YOUR FACTS. DON'T ASK ME.
     
    'Anyway the Papies education system has not produced not one Steve Jobs or Bill Gates or a Dr. Nakomatsu."
     
    oh yeah it's the education system that's at fault ah. might it have something to do with say, OUR POPULATION SIZE? are you aware that our students beat their students in math and science?
     
    NORWAY IS SMALL COUNTRY TOO BUT IT PRODUCED NOKIA.
    "pap forever" REALISE THAT SINGAPORE IS ONLY THE SIZE OF JOHORE CITY AND YET COMPARES ITSELF WITH THE EUROPE AND USA. IT IS A TYPICAL  papies MENTALITY TO COMPARE ITSELF TO REINFORCE THEIR POINTS. 
     
    you keep on looking at the white man with awe lah. nice try trying to sound factual. try again.
    The very fact that you acknowledge that other charities are involved in providing pocket monies for children 120,000 of them should put you to shame. In the your greed ( the papies)  you overlook all good deeds to help the sizeable (increasingly) low income groups at your own peril. Another 3 yrs is not far away.  The sorry said by your leader did not commensurate with action. So let's be patient.

  • Glen Lopez

    I still suspect the role Chiam play in sg politics.
    Why at peak of Opposition success, potong pasir would suddenly support pap when for over a decade or 2, pap always lost.

    its puzzling .

    What is Chiam’s role?

  • Biff

    All parties are the same. Sure they are looking for successor. Mahathir did that and he ended by handing power over to a weakling and not before he sodomised his threat. 
    Successor is another nice word for…image or imaging. Hopefully, we don't end up with an image of a beast? But what are your chances it will not be a beast in another form?
    Daft I say.

  • King and I

    Ya Mr Chiam, we all agree that you are looking for sucessor aggressively! Your successor is your wife and your wife successor is your daughter and so on and so fore…..

  • Crazy

    At one time, we were rooting for CST to run for President. This shows we believed he is strong enough. Let's give him more time to sort up. Many including those ex-members, are relatively new and may not have enough grassroots experience. Better be safe than be sorry

  • Sorry

    I have no compassion for idiotic strongman

  • Glen Lopez n the Fleeced Dogman

    For whatever reasons, its a wrong move to let wife take over helm.

    Thank god chiam never come close to being pm.
    If he had, and then retired as pm, what could happen?

    All the same.

    Whatever reason he has no suffice.

    Why was he undefeatable until when Opposition doing best he lost?

    Long ago, the mere fact he was able to retain ptps was creating a lot of conspired theorems.

  • Happy

    The rumour stops at the wise persons and
    Relaxed yet balance is needed and also yet viligant and hardworking

  • Gillian

    SPP is as good as dead……..dead as a doodoo

  • Sun Tze

    知彼知己,百戰不殆;不知彼而知己,一勝一負;不知彼,不知己,每戰必殆…too bad, CST don't know his wife well.

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  • lim

    The ex-CEC members did not have to make public the fall-out and resignation but they chose to do so.
    Considering the impact and negative perceptions on opposition politics, it brings into question whether they truly have opposition politics at heart.
    Those same questions will dog them whichever party they so choose to join and will eventually need to be addressed if they choose to continue in SG politics.
    SPP, on the other hand, will be dead as a do-do only if Singaporeans choose to let them be so. 1 NCMP in parliament is still infinitely more than the rest of the parties excepting WP.

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