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Discussion in 'The Political / Serious Zone [no rep deductions]' started by dysentry, Apr 21, 2011.
Blast from the past. This is one of the most touching vids I've ever seen.
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After the results, Potong pasir residents took to the street
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Chiam See Tong laying out succession plans amid GE preparations
By Hoe Yeen Nie/May Wong | Posted: 21 April 2011 2018 hrs
SINGAPORE: Even as opposition stalwart Chiam See Tong prepares for possibly the biggest electoral fight in his political career, he has his mind on the succession plans in his Singapore People's Party (SPP).
In an interview with Channel NewsAsia, the SPP secretary-general spoke about why he is still in politics and what he looks for in a potential successor.
The coming General Election will be the ninth for Mr Chiam.
This time round, he will step out of Potong Pasir, where he has been an MP for 27 years, to fight in a Group Representation Constituency (GRC) - the Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC.
Dismissing public concern over his failing health after suffering a stroke in 2008, Mr Chiam said politics is in his blood.
He said: "I just think of the elections and my adrenaline will automatically go up, and that will fire me into giving a good speech."
He said his hard work in Potong Pasir has prepared him for the coming election, although he conceded his preparations had not been as intense as before.
He said he had "really worked very hard" for all his elections. "I reached every home at least twice," he said.
When asked why that is necessary, he said: "Well, you have to get a bonding with the people, and the people must know you very well, intimately, as you say, until you feel that you're one of them."
Mr Chiam also disagreed with suggestions that he retire from politics, saying it is only when he is in Parliament with the mandate of residents that he can contribute best.
He said: "We prefer to fight in Parliament, and be members, truly elected representatives of the people."
But Mr Chiam has also been laying out renewal plans for the party.
Recently, his SPP announced plans to refresh its internal organisation, with the setting up of a Malay Bureau and Youth Wing. It is also reviving its Women's Wing.
Mr Chiam said he has a successor in mind, and that it won't be long before an announcement is made.
He declined to answer when asked how his public fallout with former protege Chee Soon Juan in the 1990s had affected his plans to groom a successor.
That incident led Mr Chiam to resign as secretary-general of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP).
Dr Chee later took over the post, and Mr Chiam joined the SPP in 1996.
Mr Chiam said his successor must have both humility and idealism.
"Well, I found out that certain people, when you give them a title, they put the title across their shoulders, and that person is changed," he said.
"But if you have humility and idealism, when the person is made a leader, he's less likely to change."
Most of Mr Chiam's fellow teammates in Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC are first-time candidates.
But he said what's most important is that they be committed to the job.
"What I require of them is to have a good heart and a stout character and a commitment to the people. And of course, must be well-qualified," said Mr Chiam.
"But that is not as important as the commitment that is required for this particular job. Their heart must be there, and their interests must be with the people," he added.
On concerns that his wife Lina is riding on his popularity to contest in Potong Pasir, Mr Chiam said: "She has that advantage of course. Even before she comes into the fray, she's already a known entity to the people of Potong Pasir. And that gives them more confidence in her."
SPP gets $2 million pledge for foundation
Party plans to start charity to help 'anyone in need'
By Jeremy Au Yong & Cheryl Ong
THE SINGAPORE People's Party (SPP) has received a pledge of $2 million through an anonymous supporter for a community foundation it is trying to set up.
Party candidate Benjamin Pwee told The Straits Times yesterday that the party - together with a team of legal and financial advisers - is planning to register the foundation as an independent charity with its own board.
Mr Pwee, who is part of the five-man SPP team contesting Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, said the charity would help 'anyone in need, regardless of political affiliation, where they stay (or) which constituency they are from'.
'As long as they are Singaporean, as long as they are in need, they are being left behind, they are falling through the cracks, we want the foundation to be there as a resource,' said the 43-year-old.
He added that the party wants to send Singaporeans the message that it 'has the common Singaporean at heart'.
The details of the foundation and how it will disburse funds are still being ironed out, though the party hopes more supporters will come forth with contributions.
Mr Pwee estimated that the process of getting the foundation up and running could take up to a year. A possible name for it is 'The Singapore People's Foundation'.
The foundation, when it is set up, will be the first of its kind among the opposition parties. The SPP is likely to promote it during the upcoming hustings, when it faces off against the People's Action Party team helmed by Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng.
Mr Wong launched a $3.1 million scholarship fund last year to help Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC residents who are pursuing tertiary studies at the Institute of Technical Education, polytechnics and local universities.
Yesterday, Mr Pwee said the SPP had in recent weeks attracted a 'groundswell' of volunteers, who are aged between 21 and 48 and come from varied backgrounds.
Between 30 and 40 of them showed up at two party meetings last night, said Mr Pwee, who spoke to reporters during a morning walkabout at Toa Payoh.
The party hopes to enlist the help of its new volunteers in various areas, from putting up banners to contributing ideas in its newly formed policy working group, he said.
'We're really encouraged. A lot of them want to stay in the background as just quiet volunteers, but we're hoping that a few of them, like us, will take the step forward and be publicly known, will step forward and serve the community for the good of all Singaporeans,' he said.
Two votes confirmed in advance, from my wife and me.
Make that three, my mother-in-law too.
2 things concern me about this GRC contest.
Not so much Chaim's age and health. He may actually get some votes out of respect and sympathy. I've said from the beginning that this is the best move for him. He can say that he contributes his wealth of experience, while he has 4 young chaps to do the legwork and learn from him.
The first is a previous press report whereby Benjamin Pwee said that WKS was the guest of honour at his wedding. Now he's trying to remove him from his position? This seems rather awkward, it's quite natural for ex government scholars and civil servants to contest as opposition candidates, but how would the voters take to someone taking on the guest of honour at his wedding?
The second is the fact that both WKS and NEH are in this GRC. They will for sure give the same old nonsense that these 2 high powered ministars are indispensable and irreplaceable. And unfortunately, many voters will believe it...................again.
Pwee...what kind of surname is that? He should get a lawyer to do a deed poll to change it to something sounding better.
WKS was just a fren of his father, whereas people on the street are familiar with the goof-ups on security and mother tongue policy by WKS and NEH. Only Josephine is likeable enough in their team.
Well yes, but it was still his wedding wasn't it? Why the need to have a ministar as guest of honour?
The problem is only some think there were goofs up, most will still be "worried about losing 2 indispensable and irreplaceable superstar ministars".
Tks for reminding that someone of better stock is in the team as well.
chinese saying oso got ... 大义灭亲 ...
just like the FL photos in the sex forum.. all went thru photoshop.
I worry for S'pore if most S'poreans believe WKS and NEH cannot be replaced easily. More difficult to find another 2 chaps inferior to these 2 idiots. Honestly, other than collecting their pay, what have they done other than utter nonsense and behave like geniuses.
More appropriate term is 六亲不认。
You need this quality to achieve big things
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