After the Progress Singapore Party (PSP)’s first ever walkabout, a press interview was held at Secretary-general Dr Tan Cheng Bock’s residence with Michelle Lee, Hazel Poa and Anthony Lee. He was once again asked questions on whether Lee Hsien Yang would be joining PSP and contesting alongside him.
Dr Tan’s reply was, “Whether he joins me or doesn’t join me, actually it is not important. You see, it is not important at all. But the fact that he sympathises with my cause, he identifies (with) the processes that I want to take for the future of Singapore, (they) resonate with him”.
The brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong need not necessarily join him, Dr Tan added, but the similarity in mindset they share is something he appreciates. “Because he is also worried about the processes, he is also worried about the government. So I think that’s good”, Dr Tan noted.
Adding that he has come across many other like-minded people, Dr Tan elaborated, “In fact there are (many) of Lee Hsien Yangs .There are many people that are actually quite well educated, not only within my party. Quite well educated. The things I say resonate with them”
“But they need not necessarily become a member of my party for whatever reasons so we respect them”, he continued.
At the public launch of the Progress Singapore Party (PSP), party Chief Dr Tan Cheng Bock announced that Lee Hsien Yang, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s younger brother, is still welcome to join the party.
In the weeks leading up to the official launch of PSP, there has been much speculation as to whether the younger Mr Lee would join Dr Tan.
While Mr Lee was present at neither the press conference nor the public launch of the party, the one question always asked was whether the two men would join hands in politics.
When asked if any plans were in the works for Lee Hsien Yang to join the party, he said, “I think Lee Hsien and I, we are good friends, And I think you all have seen him walking the ground.
“And I must say that if he wants to join me, he’s always free to join me. But he must adhere to my PSP terms”.
Dr Tan clarified a common sentiment echoed on the ground: Many thought he (Lee Hsien Yang) must be coming to join me because of his personal agenda. He must make it clear, what his personal agenda is, and what is PSP’s standpoint”.
“So if he ever joins, he must join on my terms” Dr Tan concluded. /TISG
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