The first Member of Parliament under the People's Action Party (PAP) for Ang Mo Kio GRC, Mr Inderjit Singh, announced today on Facebook that he would not be contesting the coming General Elections and would be stepping down from the Party.
"The announcement also sees Kebun Baru redrawn into Nee Soon GRC from Ang Mo Kio GRC," he wrote. "I would like to take the opportunity to share that I will be stepping down at the coming GE."
"I did my best to serve and this would not have been possible without my team, the grassroots leaders and branch activists, at Kebun Baru who have become my extended family. I urge the residents at Kebun Baru to continue to support this team, which will be helmed by my successor. To Kebun Baru, Ang Mo Kio and everyone there, you will always be in my heart," Mr Singh wrote.
Mr Singh, who has served in Ang Mo Kio for four terms since 1996, looks after Kebun Bahru. He gained fame and admiration in May last year for his daring criticism of his own party members and the ruling government in a lengthy Facebook post where he commented on the performance of the Singapore government over the past 3 years.
He correctly pointed out the disconnect between Singapore’s wealth and citizens’ well-being, the importing of talent, the complacency and elitism in the top ranks of civil servants, and the national identity for Singapore’s young people.