Singapore — Former Republic of Singapore Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Francis Yuen has been appointed the new secretary-general of the Progress Singapore Party (PSP), taking over from party founder Dr Tan Cheng Bock.
Mr Yuen was previously the party’s assistant secretary-general and had run as a candidate in Chua Chu Kang GRC during the general election last year.
The PSP also co-opted two new members, Taufik Supan and Kumaran Pillai, into its highest decision-making body when the new central executive committee (CEC) convened on Wednesday (31 March).
The changes were announced on Thursday (Apr 1) morning.
Dr Tan has become party chairman, and former PSP chairman Wang Swee Chuang will be vice-chairman.
In response to TISG’s queries, PSP spokesperson Kumaran Pillai said that Dr Tan, 81, was still the “moral authority” within the party, despite handing over the secretary-general role.
“As long as he’s around, (members) will still see him as a figurehead of the party… whatever title you give him.”
He added that Dr Tan was grooming Mr Yuen, 71, to be the next leader of the party and that Mr Yuen’s new post was an executive role for now.
“It will involve day-to-day functions like budgeting, who to be appointed where, and disciplinary matters. All these come under (the role of) secretary-general,” said Mr Pillai.
Two new faces in the 14-member CEC have become officeholders.
Chartered accountant Kayla Low, a candidate for the single-member constituency (SMC) of Yio Chu Kang during last year’s election, is the new treasurer, while businessman Phang Yew Huat will be assistant treasurer.
Former treasurer S Nallakaruppan had recently taken up the role of President at the Society of Remisiers. As the society will have discussions with government agencies such as the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Mr Nallakaruppan said to the media that he did not want to be involved in politics. He added that he would still be a member of the party.
The new CEC office holders are:
• Dr Tan Cheng Bock, Chairman
• Wang Swee Chuang, Vice Chairman
• Francis Yuen, Secretary-General
• Kayla Low Shi Yi, Treasurer
• Phang Yew Huat, Asst Treasurer
New CEC members:
• Peggie Chua
• Hazel Poa
• Leong Mun Wai
• Dr Ang Yong Guan
• Jess Chua
• Wendy Low
• Harish Pillay
• Taufik Supan
• Kumaran PillaiFollow us on Social Media
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