GE2015: Chiam See Tong will not contest coming polls, but says he still has a long way to go

Bishan-Toa Payoh: Mrs Lina Chiam says that Mr Chiam See Tong will not be contesting in this election ST PHOTO: JEREMY AU YONG

SINGAPORE- Opposition veteran Chiam See Tong will not be contesting the coming elections but the 80-year-old said he would not yet be retiring from politics.

"I've got a long way to go," said Mr Chiam when asked by The Straits Times if he would be stepping down from politics.

He made brief remarks at a coffeeshop in Lorong 8 Toa Payoh where he and his wife, Non-Constituency MP Lina Chiam unveiled the Singapore People's Party-Democratic Progressive Party joint team for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC.

Mr and Mrs Chiam are, respectively, the secretary-general and chairman of the SPP.

Mrs Chiam had told reporters on Sunday that the veteran opposition leader would not be contesting the Sept 11 polls.

SPP media manager Eman Lim added: "He will always be with us as a source of knowledge and experience."

Mr Chiam was MP for Potong Pasir for 27 years before coming out to lead a team in Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC in 2011. The team won 43.1 per cent of the vote.

Though he has reduced his public appearances due to age and health issues, Mr Chiam has turned up twice this month to introduce SPP candidates. He is also expected to be present at party rallies.

On Sunday, the SPP and DPP confirmed that their joint team would comprise Mr Benjamin Pwee, 48, Mr Hamim Aliyas, 50, Mr Law Kim Hwee, 55, Mr Bryan Long, 37, and Mr Abdillah Zamzuri, 30.

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