Opposition party SingFirst unveils leadership team, election plans

SINGAPORE - Opposition party Singaporeans First (SingFirst) unveiled its leadership team at a dinner on Sunday night to celebrate its inauguration.

Mr Tan Jee Say, 61, who works in finance, and Dr Ang Yong Guan, 60, a psychiatrist and retired army colonel, kept the top posts of secretary-general and chairman respectively.

Both men had contested in the Holland-Bukit Timah GRC in 2011 under the Singapore Democratic Party. Mr Tan also ran in the presidential elections the same year.

The other office holders in the 12-member Central Executive Committee (CEC) are vice-chairman Tan Peng Ann, 66, a social entrepreneur and retired army colonel; assistant secretary-general Winston Lim, 48, an architect; and treasurer David Foo, 51, a chemist.

The rest of the CEC comprises retired engineer Michael Chia, 67; medical company head David Tan, 67; business owner Mohamed Randy Ashmooni, 35; chemical sales manager Leow Pei Shan, 34; retired police officer Sukhdev Singh Gill, 64; human resources professional Patrick Heng, 61; and IT consultant Gregory Wong, 44.

Speaking to reporters before the event, Mr Tan Jee Say outlined the party's plans ahead of the next General Election, which must be held by January 2017.

He said a team of five campaign managers is studying Marine Parade GRC to develop a template for effective campaigning. The GRC was chosen because it has a diverse voter mix across housing types, races and ages.

The party will then form new teams of campaign managers for GRCs such as Tampines and Pasir Ris-Punggol each month. He hopes to create detailed election plans for at least five GRCs in this manner by August.

But Mr Tan emphasised that the campaign managers may not be election candidates, although he confirmed that he himself would run in the upcoming election.

SingFirst, which was launched in May last year, has about 60 members.