GE2020: PSP says it didn’t mislead voters on Lee Hsien Yang, who doesn’t want ‘so many Lees’ in politics

Nicholas Yong
·Assistant News Editor
·2-min read
Progress Singapore Party member Lee Hsien Yang with party members near Bendemeer Primary School before the start of Nomination Day on 30 June 2020. (PHOTO: Nicholas Yong/Yahoo News Singapore)
Progress Singapore Party member Lee Hsien Yang with party members near Bendemeer Primary School before the start of Nomination Day on 30 June 2020. (PHOTO: Nicholas Yong/Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — The Progress Singapore Party (PSP) said on Tuesday (30 June) it has never misled voters regarding the candidacy of Lee Hsien Yang in the General Election and its high profile member had stated that having “so many Lees” in Singapore’s political history is not something that he desires.

PSP party member Michael Chua was explaining to reporters at a doorstop at Bendemeer Primary School on Lee’s role after the younger brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong did not submit his name on Nomination Day ahead of the General Election on 10 July.

“He doesn’t think it is a good thing for the continuation of Singapore’s political history to have another Lee come into the picture. Which is why he wants to play a role as an advisor, as a catalyst but not directly being part of this electoral process,” Chua explained.

Hsien Yang has been a “very good friend” to the party and Dr Tan, and has also been an advisor to the PSP’s Tanjong Pagar GRC team, said Chua, adding that Lee wants to share his political knowledge and understanding with the party.

PSP is fielding Michael Chua Teck Leong, Harish Pillay, Wendy Low, Terence Soon and Abas Bin Kasmani for the GRC. The ruling People’s Action Party’s candidates in the GRC are Chan Chun Sing, Indranee Rajah, Joan Pereira, Alvin Tan and Eric Chua.

The opposition party will be fielding a total of 24 candidates across 4 GRCs and 5 SMCs at the GE.

When Yahoo News Singapore asked if it was PSP’s plan all along to not field Lee, Chua referred to the party’s conferences to unveil its candidates and said, “We were very clear that we did not want to mislead voters...he has never mentioned that he will be a candidate and neither did we.”

Chua said Lee’s role is more of a “catalyst” for change and to generate excitement given the smaller scale of parties like the PSP. “It’s a bold statement made by him and therefore we need to share this with the voters”.

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