SINGAPORE: Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC Chen Show Mao has described his contest for the position of secretary-general for the Workers’ Party (WP) as “an exercise of democratic rights”.
His fellow Aljunied MP Low Thia Khiang fended off a stiff challenge from him, retaining his post as party chief with a reported 61-45 vote.
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of his Meet the People session on Monday (May 30), Mr Chen said he was "grateful" for the nomination at the party's Central Executive Committee (CEC) elections on Sunday.
“It gave us an opportunity to exercise our democratic rights, and to choose how to govern ourselves for the next two years,” he said. Mr Chen added that now that the elections are over, the new CEC will go ahead with full support from the party.
“We have a shared vision of a strong, growing, diverse and inclusive Workers’ Party. We share all of that in common, and that’s what we’re going to work towards after the elections, after we’ve gone through the normal process that we go through every two years to decide how we wish to govern ourselves,” he said.
As for who might have leaked the happenings of the closed-door meeting to the media, Mr Chen said he did not know who it was and declined to say more. However, he confirmed that Mr Low and WP chairman Sylvia Lim did remind those present that "what happens in the meeting is really for internal consumption”.
Mr Low had told the TODAY newspaper on Sunday that the leadership challenge from Mr Chen was part of a “healthy democratic process” and he dismissed talk of a internal party divisions as “speculation”.