Steve Chia elected as SPP secretary-general, replacing Chiam See Tong

SPP Steve Chia in 2018. (Photo: Facebook/SPP)

SINGAPORE — The Singapore People’s Party (SPP) has elected former Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) Steve Chia as its secretary-general, replacing long-time leader Chiam See Tong.

In a Facebook post put up on Tuesday night (5 November), SPP said that Chia, 49, took on the post after the party’s new central executive committee held its first meeting after being formed at the ordinary party conference on 17 October.

Chiam, 84, had also stepped down as secretary-general at the conference, ending a 43-year political career highlighted by his tenure as Member of Parliament for Potong Pasir from 1984 to 2011.

Besides Chia, other office-bearers include Jose Raymond as the party’s chairman, Williamson Lee as vice-chairman and Ariffin Sha as assistant secretary-general.

Chia’s tribute to Chiam See Tong

Chia paid tribute to Chiam in his first comments after being elected as secretary-general.

“I would personally like to thank Chiam for his many years of mentorship and guidance in Parliament, and for guiding me into Parliament as an NCMP when we were under the Singapore Democratic Alliance,” said Chia, who was formerly secretary-general for the National Solidarity Party, and served as NCMP from 2001 to 2006.

“He has been a beacon in my life, and this is truly an honour for me to be given the task of taking over his appointment at the SPP.

“This has been a smooth and stable transition for the new team, and we are looking forward to working together as a new team, in helping to continue the legacy of the SPP.”

Raymond, who is the chief strategy officer of communications firm Spin Worldwide and deputy chairman of the Chiam See Tong Sports Foundation, takes over the chairman position from Chiam’s wife, Lina.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us as a collective leadership,” the 47-year-old said. “It is immaterial what positions we hold within the party, we must always work together as a team.

“It is our duty and responsibility to carry on the work of Mr and Mrs Chiam, and the values of SPP – of being loyal to the country, of bringing good policy ideas to the table, to help people in need, to be their voices and to always be their ray of hope.”

Lina Chiam remains in central executive committee

Lina Chiam, 70, remains as a member in the central executive committee.

During the last general election in 2015, SPP contested the Bishan-Toa Payoh Group Representation Constituency as well as three Single Member Constituencies, but lost all seats.

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