The 80-year-old makes clear that he is not retiring
The Singapore People’s Party (SPP) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) finally revealed their joint team for Bishan-Toa Payoh Group Representation Constituency Sunday morning (30 Aug), but the focus wasn’t entirely on them.
Instead, everybody was more concerned on what a certain stroke-addled 80-year-old had to say.
I’ve got a long way to go!
Mr Chiam See Tong
However, the opposition veteran also let slip that he would not be contesting the 2015 General Election. He is instead expected to appear at rallies and offer support from behind the scenes.
— Yahoo Singapore (@YahooSG) August 30, 2015
Mr Chiam was first elected to parliament in 1984, winning 60.3% of Potong Pasir Single-Member Constituency’s votes. The first People’s Action Party (PAP) candidate he defeated was eventual-Minister Mah Bow Tan, and Mr Chiam saw off the challenge of 3 other PAP challengers, holding the Potong Pasir seat until 2o11.
In the 2011 General Elections, Mr Chiam chose to lead a SPP team into Bishan-Toa Payoh Group Representation Constituency (GRC), allowing his wife, Mrs Lina Chiam, defend Potong Pasir SMC.
However, SPP failed to win both constituencies, resulting Mr Chiam failing to to be elected to Singapore Parliament for the first time in 27 years.