Workers’ Party (WP) members who spoke to the Straits Times on condition of anonymity allegedly said that veteran politician Low Thia Khiang was considering retirement from politics even before he suffered a fall in April.
Mr Low, who is the WP’s immediate past secretary-general, suffered a head injury after having a bad fall at his home on 30 April. The veteran politician was warded in the intensive care unit at Khoo Teck Puat General Hospital for five days before he was moved to a general ward. He was discharged on 21 May and is presently on hospitalisation leave.
Amid speculation about whether Mr Low would contest the impending General Election, anonymous party sources said that retirement was on Mr Low’s mind even before his accident. It is unclear whether this statement means that he might not contest the next election.
Meanwhile, insiders told the Straits Times that it is planning to contest just four Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs) and one Single Member Constituency (SMC) – half the number of wards it contested in the last election. The party is expected to field a contingent of 20 candidates to stand in Aljunied GRC, East Coast GRC, Marine Parade GRC, the new Sengkang GRC and Hougang SMC.
The coming election will also be the first election for the WP under Pritam Singh’s leadership. Mr Pritam succeeded Mr Low as secretary-general in the party’s internal election in 2018.
The WP has yet to reveal its slate of candidates for the next election and is expected to do so in the coming days.
Also on MSN:
Singapore General Election 2015
The 17th general election of Singapore will be held on Sept. 11, 2015. The nomination day was held on Sept. 1, which marked the beginning of the official campaigning period for candidates that will last until the eve of the election. For the first time since the country’s independence, the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) will fight opposition candidates in all the 89 parliamentary seats. Click through as we take a look at what people have been discussing. (Pictured) Prime minister Lee Hsien Loong (C) leads his party members to an election nomination center.
This will be the first election in Singapore’s history without founding prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, who passed away in March this year. It may be noted that PAP’s overall vote share fell by some six percentage points from 66.6 percent in 2006 to 60.1 percent in 2011. (Pictured) Prime minister Loong, son of Lee Kuan Yew, with party supporters after nomination was closed at Raffles Institution on Sept. 1.
Loong (3rd L) stops by to take a photo on the way to the nomination center with his party candidates of Ang Mo Kio Group Representation Constituency on Sept. 1. Former “The Pyramid Game” host Darryl David, who is one of PAP’s new candidates, is standing on Lee’s right.
When posters of prime minister Lee appeared across the island, and not just in Ang Mo Kio GRC where he is a candidate, the Elections Department pointed out that this is not illegal. The face of a political party’s leader can be used in the posters of a constituency they are not contesting in “since voters would be able to identify the political party leader with that political party. This has been the practice in past elections.”
PAP’s Ng Eng Hen has stated to opposition supporters: “Even if you jeer us, we will improve your lives.” (Pictured) Hen arrives to file his nomination at Raffles Institution on Sept. 1.
The leading opposition party — Workers’ Party (WP) — is led by Low Thia Khiang. During a rally in Teochow on Sept. 2, Khiang stated: “PAP looks for a small hole and keeps digging like its life depends on it.”
WP will be contesting 5 GRCs including East Coast and 5 SMCs. East Coast was the closest GRC fight for the PAP, and resulted in WP’s Gerald Giam earning a seat in Parliament as a Non-Constituency MP. (L-R) WP leaders Sylvia Lim Swee Lian and Low Thia Khiang arrive at the nomination center at Raffles Institution on Sept. 1.
An estimated 20,000 people attended the first WP election rally on Sept. 2.
People attend WP’s first election rally on Sept. 2.
After 15 years, SDP’s Chee returns to Singapore politics. He says the PAP is trying to portray him as a “liar, gangster and psychopath”, and see if he will respond.
(Pictured) Leader of Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), Chee Soon Juan, speaks during a rally held at Choa Chu Kang Stadium on Sept. 3.
(L) Reform Party (RP) candidate Roy Ngerng, who was found guilty of defaming PM Lee two months ago, will be facing him again in Ang Mo Kio GRC. Ngerng famously broke down in court saying that he just wanted to speak up for the people of Singapore. Ngerng makes his way to the nomination center on Sept. 1 with M. Ravi on his left.