SPP – Singapore People’s Party or Strictly Potong Pasir?

Benjamin Cheah/

The Singapore People’s Party (SPP) has consistently remained silent about its plans for the upcoming general elections. The only known candidates are Secretary-General Chiam See Tong and his wife Lina, contesting Bishan-Toa Payoh Group Representative Constituency (GRC) and Potong Pasir Single Member Constituency (SMC) respectively.

The SPP has surrounded itself with a blank wall of silence. But this silence is revealing in itself.

Chiam See Tong’s strategy – the SPP’s strategy?

The SPP, and Mr Chiam in particular, has historically been linked with Potong Pasir. Mr Chiam first contested in Potong Pasir in the 1979 by-election. He lost to the PAP’s Howe Yoon Chong, and lost again in the 1980 General Election. The third time was the charm, though: he was elected in 1984 and has held on to his post since.

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