In a message of congratulations to Dr. Tan Cheng Bock, who announced on Friday, January 19, that he is returning to the political sphere with the Progress Singapore Party, Lee Hsien Yang called Dr. Tan “the leader Singapore deserves.”
This latest salvo seems particularly pointed, given that Lee is the younger brother of Singapore’s current Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong.
His post reads,
“Congratulations to Tan Cheng Bock and the Progress Singapore Party. I have known Cheng Bock for many years and he has consistently put the interests of the people first. We are fortunate that he has stepped forward to serve Singapore.
I only recently learned that Cheng Bock had his first clinic at Ama Keng at the far end of Lim Chu Kang Road, a remote and poor area. I didn’t know it at the time, but this was very close to where I used to serve as a young armour officer at Sungei Gedong.
Today, Cheng Bock will groom future Parliamentarians who will serve our country and people before party or self. This is good for the future of Singapore. Cheng Bock is the leader Singapore deserves.”
Last November Lee Hsien Yang and Dr. Tan met for breakfast at a renowned hawker center, Block 726 West Coast Market. At that time, Lee’s comment was “we were just here to have breakfast,” while Tan, who posted about the breakfast meeting on his Facebook account, said that the two had a sharing session about “world affairs and the current state of politics in Singapore.”
Much was made in the media about the breakfast meeting, with many speculating if the two men would team up and lead the opposition against the ruling party, People’s Action Party (PAP) in the next General Election, which may or may not be called as early as late 2019.
Many netizens have reacted to and shared Lee Hsien Yang’s post, which was put up on Thursday morning, January 24, with many netizens again calling for the two men to join forces and consolidate the opposition.