Lee Hsien Yang, the son of Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew, took to his Facebook page on Thursday (24 January) to praise Dr Tan Cheng Bock, the former People’s Action Party (PAP) Member of Parliament and candidate in the Presidential Election 2011, for his values and establishment of a new party.
Mr Lee revealed that he had known Dr Tan for many years and he has consistently put the interests of the people first.
“We are fortunate that he has stepped forward to serve Singapore,” he wrote.
Last Friday (18 January), Dr Tan announced that he is returning to politics and will be forming a new party called Progress Singapore Party.
Last Friday (Jan 18), Dr Tan announced that he and 11 others, some of them former PAP cadres, applied to start a new party called the Progress Singapore Party. He had filed an application with the Registry of Societies to register the party, and was hoping to get it approved soon.
In his post, Mr Lee also said that Dr Tan will groom future Parliamentarians who will serve the country and people before party or self.
“This is good for the future of Singapore. Cheng Bock is the leader Singapore deserves,” he noted.
In November 2018, Mr Lee was pictured having breakfast with Dr Tan at a hawker centre in West Coast. Dr Tan posted this meetup on his Facebook page, declaring that the duo had “wanted to catch up with each other as we have not met for quite a while”.
Mr Lee, along with his sister, Dr Lee Wei Ling, are in a long and intense dispute with PM Lee Hsien Loong over the preparation of their father’s – the late Lee Kuan Yew – last will, which has a clause stating that the family’s 38 Oxley Road house be demolished.