Opposition meeting to discuss election strategy postponed to Monday

National Solidarity Party president (fourth from left) Sebastian Teo, 68, and other party members at a walkabout around Tampines Street 81 on July 26, 2015.
National Solidarity Party president (fourth from left) Sebastian Teo, 68, and other party members at a walkabout around Tampines Street 81 on July 26, 2015. PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE - A meeting planned for opposition parties to discuss strategy and avoid multi-cornered fights has been postponed and will now take place on Monday, instead of Friday as originally planned, said the National Solidarity Party (NSP), which is organising and hosting the meeting.

This follows a request from the Reform Party (RP) for the meeting to be pushed back as two of its key officers are on reservist training.

RP, in a Facebook post also said that the NSP had called for the meeting "without consultation", and that "a backroom meeting behind closed doors" was "a denial of the fundamental democratic rights of the citizens".

On Tuesday, NSP secretary-general Hazel Poa sent an e-mail to the various party leaders asking if they were able to accommodate RP's wishes.

Other than RP, Singapore Democratic Alliance chief Desmond Lim had also asked for the meeting to be on Monday instead. He told The Straits Times that he had an urgent personal matter to attend to on Friday and declined to elaborate.

ziliang@sph.com.sg