Veteran politician Chiam See Tong to celebrate his 80th birthday on Thursday

SINGAPORE - Veteran opposition politician Chiam See Tong will celebrate his 80th birthday on Thursday.

Noting this upcoming milestone in a Facebook post, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong congratulated Mr Chiam and wished him "many, many more good and healthy years".

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Mr Chiam's wife, Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Lina Chiam, had told Mr Goh about Mr Chiam's birthday when they met in Parliament.

"She said that Chiam is in good health," Mr Goh added, recounting his conversation with Mrs Chiam.

Mr Chiam is the secretary-general of the Singapore People's Party (SPP) and Mrs Chiam its chairman.

He was most recently spotted in public at a SPP walkabout on March 1 in Bishan, where he met residents, shook their hands and posed for photographs with them.

Mr Chiam, who suffered a stroke in 2008, helmed Potong Pasir for 27 years from 1984 to 2011, when he left to contest in Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC during the elections.

Mrs Chiam contested in Potong Pasir during the General Election instead, but lost the single-seat constituency to current Potong Pasir MP Sitoh Yih Pin of the People's Action Party.