51-year old lawyer Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss has resigned from National Solidarity Party (NSP) last week and applied to join Singapore People’s Party (SPP) which is helmed by veteran politician Mr Chaim See Tong.
Mrs Chong-Aruldoss failed in her bid for NSP Presidency in party elections last January and left along with former council members Ravi Philemon, Bryan Long, and party member Osman Sulaiman. She acknowledged that their decision to leave came in the wake of the central executive committee (CEC) election results.
Mrs Chong-Aruldoss joined NSP in 2011 and became its secretary-general in October 2013.
But she said that she and the others harboured no grudges towards the NSP.
Mr Philemon, a community worker, and Mr Long, an entrepreneur have also resigned from NSP last week. Both joined the NSP in July 2012 and were co-opted into the party’s previous CEC.
All except Mr Osman have submitted their applications to join SPP. These are pending the approval of the party’s central executive, which is expected to meet this month.
Mrs Chiam, who is the SPP chairman, said of these ex-NSP members: “They have good potential and they will help spearhead our party even more to greater heights.” She added that SPP will put together a very strong team to challenge PAP in Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC.