SINGAPORE - Veteran politician Chiam See Tong, 79, was back at his old stomping ground as a Facebook post by his Singapore People's Party (SPP) on Sunday showed him greeting residents in Potong Pasir in what the party described as a "year-end walkabout".
Dressed in a red and white SPP T-shirt and wearing a red Santa's hat, he was shown greeting residents. Mr Chiam, the SPP secretary general, was accompanied by his wife Lina Chiam, who is now a Non-Constituency MP.
He won the Potong Pasir seat in 1984 at his fourth attempt to get into Parliament. He held the seat for 27 years. In the 2011 general election, Mr Chiam moved from Potong Pasir to helm an SPP team in what was an unsuccessful bid to capture Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC. He was, until then, Singapore's longest-serving opposition MP.
Mrs Chiam, the SPP vice-chairman, contested in Potong Pasir in 2011 and lost narrowly, but entered Parliament as a Non-Constituency MP.