National Solidarity Party CEC member Mohamed Fazli Talip quits in party's second resignation in a week

National Solidarity Party member  Mohamed Fazli Talip (second right) during a walkabout in Tampines East on Aug 15, 2015.
National Solidarity Party member Mohamed Fazli Talip (second right) during a walkabout in Tampines East on Aug 15, 2015.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Ahead of the looming general election, the National Solidarity Party (NSP) has been rocked by yet another resignation, this time of central executive committee (CEC) member Mohamed Fazli Talip.

In a Facebook post on Monday (Aug 24), he said: "With a heavy heart, I have submitted my resignation from NSP with immediate effect. I wish the party all the best of luck in the coming (general election)."

He told The Straits Times on Monday that he had tendered his resignation via e-mail on Sunday, and that the CEC had tried to convince him to stay on.

"I wanted to spend more time concentrating on my career, and I was disappointed by some of the decisions that were made by the party," he said, adding that he was saddened by the events of the past week that have impugned on the party's credibility.

Mr Fazli, 34, a branding consultant, was one of NSP's 11 potential candidates at the upcoming polls,  widely expected to be held early next month.

He contested the East Coast GRC in the 2011 polls on the Workers' Party ticket.

 

The NSP did two rounds of U-turns over the past week, first by announcing last Wednesday that it would enter into a three-cornered fight in MacPherson Single-Member Constituency (SMC) with the Workers' Party and the ruling People's Action Party.

It prompted acting secretary-general Hazel Poa to quit the party  last Wednesday and pull out of the next polls.

On Sunday morning, NSP council member Steve Chia, in another U-turn, said he would not be contesting MacPherson single-seat ward after all. He cited online criticism he had received over his role in the earlier decision.