Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Progress Singapore Party launched to contest by-elections 2021


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at wnobserver.com

A new opposition Progress Singapore Party, supported by Singapore’s Prime Minister’s brother, launched Saturday, the latest challenge to the government as election speculation is set to rise soon.

The Progress Singapore Party (PSP), which is aiming to contest in the by-elections in 2021 but is expected to hold earlier, is headed by Tan Cheng Bock.

Tan Cheng Bock,  a Singaporean politician and medical practitioner. He was formerly a member of Singapore’s governing People’s Action Party, he stood for the 2011 presidential election and won the second highest number of votes at 34.85% among all four candidates, losing marginally to the winner Tony Tan

The group received the support of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s brother, the latest indication of the family’s dispute over their father’s legacy.

The clashes between Singapore’s elite families erupted following the death of their father, Singapore-based Lee Kuan Yew, in 2015, who led the three-year-old republic in Singapore.

Under his rule for decades, the People’s Action Party (PAP), Singapore has transformed from port to one of Asia’s most advanced economies, although authorities have also faced criticism for limiting civil liberties and freedom of speech.

Party sources confirm that PSP was officially launched this morning.

The party joined several other parties to defeat the PAP, but the opposition, which has only six of the 89 seats in Parliament, is not seen as a serious threat.

However, the support of the Prime Minister’s own brother, Lee Hsien Yang, could be a boost to Tan, 79, who criticized what he described as a decline in Singapore’s administrative standards.

Last January, Lee, 62, said in a statement on Facebook that Tan was the leader Singapore needed.

“I wholeheartedly support the principles and values ​​of PSP.

“PAP today is no longer the party founded by my father. It’s gone, ”he said in another statement last week.

The Lee family’s disputes centered on allegations made by the Prime Minister’s siblings that he wanted to prevent the demolition of the family’s bungalow to benefit from their father’s legacy, but he denied it.

Read also: Singapore uncovers ‘Underground city’, master plan 2019

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