Chiam and wife retain top posts in SPP's executive body

Opposition politician Lina Chiam (centre) speaking to reporters as she guides her husband, Chiam See Tong (left) out of the Singapore People's Party (SPP) headquarters on Jan 5, 2014. Mr and Mrs Chiam have retained their leadership positions in the S
Opposition politician Lina Chiam (centre) speaking to reporters as she guides her husband, Chiam See Tong (left) out of the Singapore People's Party (SPP) headquarters on Jan 5, 2014. Mr and Mrs Chiam have retained their leadership positions in the Singapore People's Party (SPP) after a party election on Friday. -- ST FILE PHOTO: JASON QUAH

Veteran opposition leader Chiam See Tong and his wife Lina have retained their leadership positions in the Singapore People's Party (SPP) after a party election on Friday.

Mr Chiam, 78, and Mrs Chiam, 65, who is a Non-Constituency Member of Parliament, remain the secretary-general and chairman of the party respectively.

The election comes about three weeks after the party chose a new 10-member central executive committee (CEC), its top decision-making body.

Among the 10 were four new faces, including an accountant, a former teacher and a non-governmental organisation adviser.

Mr Chiam has been the SPP's secretary-general since the party was established in 1994, leading to some concerns in recent years that the SPP has not been able to renew its leadership.

The SPP said in a press release sent on Saturday: "In an ongoing process of renewal and rejuvenation, the new slate of CEC members is a mix of long-serving young members alongside the party old guard."

It added that this new slate "represents one of the most diverse and representative line-ups in the SPP's history, with CEC members from every age group and from a rich mix of backgrounds".

The party said that it has also been stepping up its presence in Potong Pasir, Bishan-Toa Payoh and Hong Kah North.

This election saw three new young faces put in leadership positions.

They are researcher Loke Hoe Yeong, 29, who is the assistant secretary-general, tutor Arbind Tiwari, 29, the party's assistant treasurer, and human resource consultant Adeline Chan, 27, the organising secretary.

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