PAP's Desmond Choo re-joins NTUC

SINGAPORE - Mr Desmond Choo is rejoining the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC).

The 37-year-old, who resigned from NTUC in May 2013 as its deputy director of industrial relations, is set to make a comeback as NTUC's new director of youth development next month, after a foray into the private sector.

Besides the new post, he will also be appointed deputy director of industrial relations, and will be involved in other aspects of union work such as implementing wage ladders for industry sectors, said NTUC in a statement.

Mr Choo quit after failing to win the Hougang single constituency seat in the 2011 General Election, and again in the 2012 by-election.

While his return to NTUC could see Mr Choo being fielded again by the People's Action Party (PAP) as a labour candidate at the next General Election, it is unlikely that he will be returning to contest the Hougang seat, which has been a Worker's Party stronghold since 1991.

In September last year, Mr Choo was named as the second adviser to grassroots organisations in Tampines East, a ward in Tampines GRC. The ward's MP is former national development minister Mah Bow Tan, 67, who stepped down from the Cabinet after the 2011 elections.