Look who’s back.
Chee Soon Juan, the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) leader, who had his bankruptcy annulled in November 2012, is eyeing the next general election and surveying which constituency to run in, MyPaper reported on April 29, 2014.
The 51-year-old could not compete in the last two elections in 2006 and 2011 due to his bankrupt status.
And his party pulled out of the Punggol East by-election in January 2013, which allowed the Workers’ Party to compete against the PAP in what was essentially a two-horse race in a four-cornered fight.
Even though Chee has not contested in any election for more than a decade, the last time being in 2001 when he stood in Jurong GRC, he is politically-astute enough to understand that opposition supporters despise multi-cornered fights that threaten to split the opposition vote.
“Anything that comes close to the PAP (People’s Action Party) squeezing through because of the opposition split in votes – (it’s) ‘No please, stay away from that’.”
So, which GRC is he planning to contest in? Possibly Tanjong Pagar as his party has been seen on walkabouts there.
And asked what if his children supported the PAP, Chee said:
“By which time, one would hope the PAP has evolved to the extent that they begin to accept that an open, democratic society is the best way forward for Singapore…(If) people begin to get attracted to that ideology, including my children, then I say, good for them.”