Progress Singapore Party (PSP) announced on Wed (4 Sep) a change of venue for its inaugural PSP Speaker Series talk due to the urgent need for “a bigger and more comfortable venue”, as all tickets to the event were snapped up in just under a couple of hours last Thu.
The talk, titled “Poverty in Singapore & Policy Gaps in our Social Safety Nets”, will feature former GIC chief economist and managing director Yeoh Lam Keong, and will be moderated by lawyer Khush Chopra.
The discussion was originally slated to be held at The Working Capitol.
The date and time of the talk, however, will not be changed – the event will take place next Tue (10 Sep) from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
A livestream of the talk will be aired via TOC’s Facebook page for interested parties who were unable to secure tickets to the event.
Last week, PSP revealed that the purpose of organising the talk series is to “join the important national conversation on social inequality and poverty which remains a great challenge for both our society and our Government”.
“While many schemes have been introduced to help the poor and bridge the social divide, our social safety net still does not appear to be adequate in meeting the challenges many citizens face,” said PSP.
PSP also encouraged the public to follow the event for more updates, and to receive updates on the party via its Telegram channel.
PSP was set up by former presidential candidate and former People’s Action Party (PAP) Member of Parliament (MP) Tan Cheng Bock and several other ex-PAP cadres. The new opposition party received formal approval from the Registry of Societies on 28 Mar.
During PSP’s official launch at the Swissotel Merchant Court Hotel earlier this month, Dr Tan shared his thoughts on the current state of affairs in Singapore and what his party aspires to address in the future, such as rising cost of living, healthcare delivery system, fertility rate, and employment.
Speaking from his experience as a former medical doctor, who had gone on to propose ways to improve the healthcare system in Singapore during his time as an MP under PAP, Dr Tan said: “No one should have to sell their house to pay for medical fees.”
Dr Tan also called upon Singaporeans – young and old – to come forward and join him “in making a difference to Singapore”.