Dr Tan Cheng Bock, Chief of Progress Singapore Party (PSP) announced that he met with the Charge D’Affaires I.A. for Costa Rica last week.
In a social media post, he wrote that he was invited for lunch at the Tower Club, an exclusive and private business club.
Along with Dr Tan were some of his party members, including Assistant Secretary-general Mr Anthony Lee.
A chargé d’affaires, often shortened to chargé and sometimes to charge-D, is a diplomat who heads an embassy in the absence of the ambassador.
In his Facebook post, Dr Tan wrote that during the “lunch hosted by the Charge D’Affaires I.A. for Costa Rica Sr Alfonso Murillo”, there were also other ambassadors and friends present.
While Dr Tan and his party members met with the Charge D’Affaires I.A. for Costa Rica, there seemed to be no indication that Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan had a similar meeting.
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a lunch hosted by the Charge D'Affaires I.A. for Costa Rica Sr Alfonso…
Many netizens who commented on Dr Tan’s post commended him for meeting with, and listening to foreign dignitaries. There were also others who called for Dr Tan to indicate what his solutions to current policy problems were.
Dr Tan announced on Monday (Jun 3) that the party postponed its launch date as it is still waiting for the relevant event permits.
In another Facebook post, Dr Tan said he was “disappointed” to announce the postponement of the launch, which was originally scheduled to take place on Jun 15 at EXPO Hall 5.
He said the postponement was due to the fact that the police permit for the event and other related permits such as the Public Entertainment Licence are pending.
In April, Dr Tan announced the formal registration of the Progress Singapore Party.
Later that month, he unveiled the party’s logo – a palm tree which he said signified growth, purpose, strength and life. /TISG