Everything you ever wanted to know about NSP
This is the seventh in a series of articles going through the parties contesting in the General Elections.
- The Blur Sotong’s Guide To The Reform Party
- The Blur Sotong’s Guide To Singaporeans First
- The Blur Sotong’s Guide To The Singapore Democratic Party
- The Blur Sotong’s Guide To The Singapore People’s Party/Democratic Progressive Party
- The Blur Sotong’s Guide To The Singapore Democratic Alliance
- The Blur Sotong’s Guide To The People’s Power Party
Today, we take a look at a faction who’ve been through several ups and downs in a relatively short period: the National Solidarity Party (NSP).
The party once known for housing names such as Nicole Seah has been running into several problems this year alone. From disputes over whether to contest MacPherson SMC, to a game of musical chairs regarding the seat of Secretary-General, and to top it off, members were leaving left and right. For some time last month, they were laying low during a period of fierce anticipation over the announcement of the General Elections, when other parties were actively getting their name out.
They came back just in time though, drama be damned. With a new Secretary-General in tow, NSP are looking to finally win a seat in Parliament since their inception in 1987.
…they do have to get their translations right though. Like SingFirst, NSP made an error in their Tamil translation for their slogan, “Singaporeans Deserve Better”. Apparently a ‘glitch’ happened.
1. Blur Sotong: Tell me about their history.
Since 1988, the NSP has contested in every election. In 2001, they joined the Singapore Democratic Alliance, only to leave in 2007 to strike out on their own. During their time as part of the SDA, Steve Chia was their sole representative in Parliament as a Non-Constituency MP.
In 2011, they made a splash as one of the most recognisable opposition parties next to the Workers’ Party, with Marine Parade being one of the most closely-watched GRCs. Led by Goh Meng Seng who has since left to form the People’s Power Party, they made extensive use of social media outreach as Nicole Seah’s speeches went viral online.
2. Blur Sotong: I’ve heard of this Nicole Seah person but didn’t she leave politics?
After Nicole Seah left NSP in August 2014, observers wondered who, if anyone, would take her place as a representative for youths. That person turned out to be Kevryn Lim, of similar age and also pleasant-looking.
Like Seah was in 2011, Lim has taken the mantle of being the ‘face’ of NSP.
3. Blur Sotong: Wow! Can I have more info about her for um, scientific research? I, uh, need to make a more educated decision about who I’m going to vote for.
4. Blur Sotong: What about their ideology?
According to their website, they are a centrist party. They believe in fair competition, low unemployment and redistribution (of wealth).
Their core values:
- The Right to Dignity
- Respect for Diversity
- Service to Society
Democracy is at the core of the party – members of the Central Executive Committee vote on decisions, such as contesting in MacPherson SMC.
5. Blur Sotong: What are the policies and proposals being advocated by NSP?
Their manifesto consists of 4 critical areas they wish to tackle:
- Protection of Singapore Jobs: Singaporeans to be given top priority in jobs, quotas to be imposed on foreign PMETs seeking employment
- Over-population: They are proposing a ‘more considered study’ of optimal population sizes in both sociological and economical terms. Hopeful parents should be provided with a security net for their children until 18 years of age
- Return of CPF Personal Life Savings: revert withdrawal of savings to age 55, and family members should hold the power to withhold savings of problematic spenders
- Danger of Widening Income Equality Gap: Allow Singaporeans living in non-private property to purchase a HDB apartment at cost price and one more in the resale market
The manifesto can be found here.
6. Blur Sotong: Where will they be standing in the upcoming general election?
They will be contesting Tampines GRC, Sembawang GRC, Pioneer SMC, and MacPherson SMC (in a 3-corner fight with the PAP and WP), for a total of 2 GRCs and 2 SMCs.
12 candidates will be fielded. Steve Chia was originally going to contest in MacPherson SMC, but he changed his mind just days before Nomination Day.
- Lim Tean, 50, legal consultant and current Secretary-General…since 4 days ago. He’s already made a splash on TV, however;
- Sebastian Teo, 67, executive director and President. Recently his case of corruption while he was in the civil service resurfaced, but he stood firm on his decision to stay on as President. A veteran of three general elections, 2015 will be his fourth election.
- Nor Leila Mardiiiah, 41, is a business consultant.
- Reno Fong, 46, is a business director.
- Choong Hon Heng, 45, is a business administrator.
- Ng Chung Han Spencer, 36, is a project director. He was in the Marine Parade GRC team in 2011.
- Kevryn Lim Tong Zhen, 26, is the owner of an events company and a part-time model. The poster girl of NSP, she wants to be a full-time MP if elected.
- Abdul Rasheed, 75, is a businessman and one of the oldest candidates across all parties. He has experience in two elections, having contested in 1988 (!) and 2011.
- Eugene Yeo, 39, is an associate director with a real estate company.
- Yadzeth Haris, 52, is a entrepreneur. He contested in Hong Kah GRC in 1997.
- Cheo Chai Chen (MacPherson SMC), 64, is the only one who has previously been an MP, having served from 1991 to 1997 in Nee Soon Central under the Singapore Democratic Party. He has been with the NSP since 2006, and contested Marine Parade GRC in 2011 against Goh Chok Tong and team. He didn’t have kind words for his opponent in WP, calling the party ‘arrogant’ for not co-operating with the wish to have Opposition unity. He also made a comment about how Tin Pei Ling’s baby will be a ‘weakness’ for her if she is elected, prompting the party to do damage control. He later said he was ‘joking’.
- Elvin Ong (Pioneer SMC), 37, is a Technical Specialist. He contested in Jurong GRC in 2011.
7. Blur Sotong: Where can I follow them online?
Kevryn Lim’s Facebook, for science
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