Back on 25 Jun 2020, the three powerhouses of the Workers’ Party (WP), Low Thia Khiang, Png Eng Huat and Chen Show Mao announced that they will not be contesting in GE2020.
It was explained that the three seasoned Members of Parliament (MPs) are stepping down to give the WP a renewal.
Having passed the baton to Mr Pritam Singh back in 2018, the trio felt that it was time for them to take a step back and let the younger generation of leaders take the rein.
However, it was mentioned, that doesn’t mean the trio are going to retire from politics.
Instead, they’re going to be “senior advisers” to the younger generation of leaders.
Uploading A Video To Hammer The Point Home
On the last day of campaigning (8 Jul), the Workers’ Party Facebook page uploaded a video of Mr Low’s heartfelt message to Workers’ Party supporters.
He explained why he decided to join politics and thanked the voters for believing in the idea of a first world parliament.
He briefly outlined his political career in the parliament and described the helplessness of seeing constitutional changes that he does not agree with pushed through without must opposition.
That was why in 2011, he decided to take the risk and venture out of Hougang.
After what he went through, he became more determined than ever that Singapore needs a credible, rational and responsible opposition party in the parliament.
Retired From Parliament, Not Politics
In the video, he added that Workers’ Party wouldn’t be the party it is today without the voters.
To Hougang, he thanked them for giving up on their amenities upgrading when they voted WP in back in 1991.
And to Aljunied, he thanked them for “answering the call” and giving a “tight slap” to the incumbent government.
While he has retired from running for elections, he said, he is not retiring from politics.
Instead, he will be spending his time using his decades worth of political experience to guide and groom the younger leaders of the Workers’ Party so that the party will remain a strong, credible alternate voice in parliament.
You can watch his message in full below:
And on a side note, candidates have been talking about NCMP (Non-Constituency Member of Parliament) in recent days. So, what’s an NCMP? Do you know that it’s just like an MP but the allowance is much lower? Watch this video to find out more: