Outspoken PAP MP Inderjit Singh first to announce his retirement
One almost feels like he couldn't wait to be the first to announce that he was stepping down.
Outspoken PAP MP Inderjit Singh told his friends and residents on Facebook that he will be stepping down at the coming GE.
Singh, who has served in Ang Mo Kio GRC for four terms since 1996, is the MP for Kebun Bahru.
Besides thanking his grassroots leaders and branch activists, Singh urged his residents to continue to support this team, which will be helmed by his successor.
And who is his successor?
It is likely to be 38-year old Henry Kwek, the executive director of food supply company Foodtraco Supplies.
Kwek can be seen in several Facebook photos in Singh’s Facebook page.
In true PAP efficiency, Kwek responded to Singh’s Facebook post within 30 minutes and thanked him for his service.
Kwek was previously the branch secretary of Chong Pang and served under Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam.
However, you can’t help wondering why MP Singh decided to post his momentous retirement decision at 9.04pm on a Friday night, just a few hours following the release of the Electoral Boundaries Report.
Did MP Singh’s swift retirement announcement create some slight discomfort for his ruling party colleagues?
His announcement would have diverted the public’s attention away from the statements given by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Ministers Chan Chun Sing and Heng Swee Keat.
And the statements from all three leaders were crystal clear and “on message” – PAP would continue to serve the residents and Singaporeans regardless of boundary changes.
Instead, the focus is now directed towards the retirement of veteran and independent-minded MPs like Singh instead.
MP Singh’s independent streak is well-known. He was one of eight MPs who did not cast their votes on the White Paper on population, which forecasted an increase in population to 6.9 million by 2030. According to the Straits Times, he “did not want to want to say if he had intentionally left the chamber before the vote.”
Top photo from Inderjit Singh Facebook.