SPP’s Pwee named 2nd assistant sec-general

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SPP's Benjamin Pwee addresses the media upon the candidates' return to Potong Pasir, following the final vote count for the SMC on Polling Day. (Yahoo! file photo)

The Singapore People's Party (SPP) has appointed ex-government scholar Benjamin Pwee as its second assistant secretary-general with immediate effect.

Pwee,  who has been with the party for a little over two years, has been seen in recent weeks as the party's main spokesman and media manager.

The 43-year-old, who currently runs his own business consulting firm, was an ex-civil service high-flier with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs.

Pwee, along with fellow assistant secretary-general Jason Leung, will now both assist party boss Chiam See Tong in a move that's seen as a key step in the party's succession planning.

Besides Pwee, the Central Executive Committee also beefed up its leadership team by adding co-opting youth wing head Jimmy Lee and SME affairs head David Tan to the committee.

Incumbent CEC members Mohamad Hamin bin Aliyas and Juliana Juwahir saw their roles changed to head of Malay/Muslim affairs and head of the women's wing, respectively.

During a thank-you meet and greet with residents at Bishan MRT on Friday morning, Pwee said the party is grooming four new candidates who may be fielded in the next election.

He declined to say who they were, but said that they are mostly former government scholars and civil servants, some of whom are from the private banking sector, and that they were all between the ages of 35 and 45.

Pwee also officially launched the SPP's "Comeback GE 2016" five-year masterplan, which outlines measures aimed at growing, developing and promoting the party in the run-up to the next General Election in 2016.

The plan will be led and driven by Pwee, together with a specially-assembled task force of former senior civil servants, ex-government scholars, senior corporate sector executives, party veterans and CEC members, SPP said in the statement.

One of the key highlights of the plan is to hold online Meet-the-People Sessions, for the public, regardless of constituencies.

The party also plans to rent commercial space as party headquarters in Potong Pasir as well as branch offices in Bishan and Toa Payoh.

Other highlights include quarterly- to bi-annual party publications and having quarterly membership and volunteer drives.

Mr Pwee added that if the electoral boundaries are not re-drawn for the next election, the party plans to contest Potong Pasir and Hong Kah North SMCs, as well as Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC.

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