Can the SPP reinvent itself without Chiam See Tong?

Mr Chiam See Tong won his fifth term as MP in the 2001 General Election. The SPP leader has had little success in grooming proteges.
Mr Chiam See Tong won his fifth term as MP in the 2001 General Election. The SPP leader has had little success in grooming proteges.ST FILE PHOTO

A new chapter looks set to begin at the opposition Singapore People's Party (SPP), with its leader, former Potong Pasir MP Chiam See Tong, relinquishing his post at a recent party conference.

Analysts said this new development could present an opportunity for the party to move out of the shadow of the veteran opposition figure and to reinvent itself into something that is more than a "Chiam See Tong" party.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 20, 2019, with the headline 'Can the SPP, often called the Chiam party, reinvent itself?'. Print Edition | Subscribe