National Solidarity Party today (August 19) announces that it will renege on their promise and goes into 3-corner fight in Macpherson SMC with the Workers’ Party. NSP’s Secretary-General, Hazel Poa, also announces her resignation in protest against the decision.

Photo of Sebastian Teo from Straits Times
Photo of Sebastian Teo from Straits Times

Hazel Poa made a press release as follow:

“On 17 Aug 2015, the CEC of NSP decided to support Steve Chia’s request to contest in MacPherson SMC in a 3 cornered fight against WP and PAP. It was a decision I strongly disagreed with, and hence not one I can implement. As the direction that the party has decided to pursue deviates greatly from my own, I see no choice other than to resign from the NSP.

As I have mentioned before, in NSP, the leader of the party is the President, not the Secretary-General, unlike in other political parties. The Sec-Gen plays the role of media spokesperson for the party. Therefore, my departure will not result in a situation of the party being leaderless. Whilst I disagree with the decision that has been taken, I respect the right of the CEC as the decision making body of the Party to make that call. I wish NSP all the best in the coming GE.

I will therefore not be contesting in the coming GE. I would like to thank all who have encouraged me on my journey and given me helpful pointers, including members of NSP and other political parties, the public and the media. I apologise to all whom I have disappointed. My own disappointment is no less. For me, the coming months will be a time for reflection.”

Its President, Sebastian Teo, was the one who decided to give the green light for the 3-corner fight which will likely see the NSP candidate, Steve Chia, to lose his electoral deposit of S$16.000. NSP added that their excuse for backtracking their promise is because they have contested in Macpherson SMC previously and that they believe they stand a higher chance of winning.

Another non-PAP candidate who decides to contest in a 3-corner and risk his S$16,000 electoral deposit is independent candidate Tan Lam Siong, the former Secretary General of NSP.

Photo of Tan Lam Siong from thestraitstimes
Photo of Tan Lam Siong from thestraitstimes

NSP is currently bombarded by comments on its Facebook page lambasting the party for being a spoiler. The other areas it will contest are Sembawang GRC, Tampines GRC and Pioneer SMC.

The PAP candidate for Macpherson is Tin Pei Ling, the weakest link in the PAP and looks poised to lose a Workers’ Party candidate. However, the NSP participation may look like Tin Pei Ling will win the SMC after all.