Christopher Neo, a member of the National Solidarity Party (NSP), has died of a heart attack at the age of 49.
Neo contested last year's General Election and was the leader of the NSP team which contested Jurong GRC.
Neo, along with his team of Abdul Rasheed, Ong Beng Soon Elvin, Ong Hock Siong and Noraini Yunus, managed 33 per cent of votes, losing to a People's Action Party team led by Deputy PM Tharman Shanmugaratnam.
Campaign teammate Noraini called Neo her “mentor” and said Neo wanted to help the newbies like herself in terms of how to campaign and how to handle voters.
“His death saddens me. We have to cope with his passing,” said Noraini.
Neo was the leader of NSP’s Jurong GRC contingent and the treasurer of NSP.
“At the previous Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting, he wanted me to present the financial report on his behalf because he was visiting his ill mother at the hospital,” said Noraini.
“I was surprised [to hear of his death]. There was no indication whatsoever and he just died from a heart attack,” she added.
NSP chief Hazel Poa told Yahoo! Singapore that Noraini will take over Neo’s responsibilities for the time being. A new treasurer will be elected in the near future but there is no date fixed yet.
Neo is survived by his wife and four children.
His wake is held at Block 55 Marine Terrace from Tuesday to Friday.