The following is the Reform Party’s latest press release on the resignation of its chairman, Mr Ng Teck Siong.
The Reform Party can confirm that Mr. Ng Teck Siong, former Chairman of the Reform Party, submitted his resignation to the party’s Secretary General on Monday 26th April.
The senior officers and council of the CEC were saddened by the news but are fully supportive of Mr Ng’s decision that, “in the interest of party renewal, this is an appropriate juncture to step aside,”
Mr Ng is a veteran of opposition politics having being involved with different opposition parties for almost thirty years. His political career first began in 1980 when he joined the Singapore Democratic Party under the then SG Mr Chiam See Tong. In the last few years he has become well known as a trusted assistant to the late J.B. Jeyaretnam. Mr Ng Teck Siong was invited onto the Pro-Tem committee by JBJ during the early stages of The Reform Party’s inauguration and took over the helm of leadership following the death of JBJ in October 2008.
Mr Edmund Ng Chair of the reform Party denied rumours of any personal rift quoting an interview from MediaCorp’s ‘938 live’ yesterday where Mr K Jeyaretnam said, “Teck Siong has given many years of loyal service to my father and has done a good job of steering the party. It shouldn’t be taken as a reflection of anything bad on him. Just that the majority of the CEC felt it’s time for new blood.” The Chair went on to stress that the party is governed by CEC decisions not by any one individual.
Mr Jeyaretnam paid tribute to Mr Ng Teck Siong, praising him for stepping up and taking over at the helm at a very difficult time. “The door is always open to him”, he added.
The CEC, and the whole of the Reform Party, wishes Mr Ng continued good health and happiness and wishes him all the best in his future endeavours.