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Let’s hope Chen Show Mao is only quitting Workers’ Party as its treasurer

Because he is still a WP MP.

Martino Tan | September 9, 2016 @ 04:57 pm

Kudos to The Straits Times for scoring a scoop on what had happened behind the closed doors of Singapore’s main Opposition party.

ST’s Chong Zi Liang managed to confirm with Workers’ Party (WP) chief Low Thia Khiang that Aljunied GRC MP Chen Show Mao had resigned as treasurer, merely three months after that WP leadership battle with Low in May. Low abstained from the secretary-general vote, but was eventually re-elected successfully with 61 votes to Chen’s 45.

According to ST, Chen has quit at a CEC meeting this Tuesday.

And the WP has also efficiently updated its website that features the new CEC line-up.

Source: WP website.
Source: WP website.

Is Chen still a team player?

The WP under Low prided themselves as a close-knitted team.

But Chen has been adopting a much lower profile than the rest in the past few months.

Just check out the most recent public appearance by the WP team.

The WP team who paid their last respects to the late former President S R Nathan included all its WP members of parliament (MPs) except Chen.

Source: CNA FB
Source: CNA FB
Source: CNA FB
Source: CNA FB

Chen has been pretty quiet in the parliament too.

During the parliamentary debate about the Administration of Justice (Protection) bill, Chen was the only WP law-trained MP who did not speak.

Afterall, this is a debate about laws pertaining to the contempt of court.

And surely Chen can help his lawyer MPs Sylvia Lim, Pritam Singh, and Dennis Tan present a stronger case on why WP objected to the Bill.

He did vote against the motion though.

Source: Parliament
Source: Parliament

But let’s hope MP Chen continues to be a WP MP in body and spirit.

 

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About Martino Tan

Martino’s parents named him after an Italian priest, Vatican's 1st ambassador to S’pore. He's inspired by the lives of Robert Kennedy & Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the words of George Orwell & William F. Buckley Jr., & the music of the Beatles.

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