PAP street fighter Charles Chong did not plan to stay so long

Veteran politician Charles Chong talks about closely fought battles, retirement

Mr Charles Chong, who retired this year after 32 years in politics, reckons his string of successes is down to convincing voters to trust that he will do his best for them. He says: "So as long as they think that you are genuine and you would fight f
Mr Charles Chong, who retired this year after 32 years in politics, reckons his string of successes is down to convincing voters to trust that he will do his best for them. He says: "So as long as they think that you are genuine and you would fight for their interests, they will give you a chance." ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
A supporter hugging Mr Chong, then candidate for Punggol East SMC, at Bedok Stadium in 2015. He won with 51.77 per cent of the vote.
A supporter hugging Mr Chong, then candidate for Punggol East SMC, at Bedok Stadium in 2015. He won with 51.77 per cent of the vote.ST FILE PHOTO

Charles Chong had a plan. He would assemble a team of veteran MPs to contest Aljunied Group Representation Constituency (GRC) and win it back for the People's Action Party (PAP) at the 2015 General Election (GE).

The team would include people like himself and fellow MP Inderjit Singh.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 11, 2020, with the headline 'PAP street fighter did not plan to stay so long'. Print Edition | Subscribe