Malaysian election a turning point for Singapore opposition parties in coalition talks

Former PAP MP Tan Cheng Bock (left) and SDP chief Chee Soon Juan at Saturday's meeting. Efforts to form an alliance had been ongoing without success, but the Malaysian election result was a turning point, said opposition leaders.
Former PAP MP Tan Cheng Bock (left) and SDP chief Chee Soon Juan at Saturday's meeting. Efforts to form an alliance had been ongoing without success, but the Malaysian election result was a turning point, said opposition leaders.PHOTO: SINGAPORE DEMOCRATIC PARTY/FACEBOOK

Last Saturday's gathering to discuss a new opposition coalition led by former People's Action Party (PAP) MP Tan Cheng Bock was a few years in the making.

Efforts to establish an alliance had been ongoing for some time without success, but the victory of the opposition coalition at the Malaysian election in May proved a vital turning point, said opposition leaders.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 31, 2018, with the headline 'Malaysian election a turning point for S'pore parties in coalition talks'. Subscribe