New Singapore opposition party backed by PM’s brother launched

Tan Cheng Bock, a retired medical doctor, launches Progress Singapore Party amid speculation of early general election.

Published by Al Jazeera English, August 3, 2019.

Dr Tan Cheng Bock

Photo: Dr. Tan Cheng Bock, Aug, 3, 2019.

By Tom Benner

Singapore – A new opposition party seeking to challenge the government in Singapore has been launched amid speculation that a general election due by 2021 could be announced earlier.

Politician Tan Cheng Bock, a 79-year-old retired medical doctor, on Saturday launched the Progress Singapore Party (PSP), which is backed by the estranged brother of the country’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

“The style of government has changed, the processes of government have gone astray, because there has been an erosion of the three pillars of good governance – transparency, independence, and accountability,” Tan told a group of supporters.

He said there was a lack of “open political discourse” and claimed people were “fearful of publicly criticising the government”. Continue reading …

 

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