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GE2020: Former Workers' Party chief Low Thia Khiang will not be standing for election

Jun 25, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
"If there is no renewal of Workers' Party MPs, over time, the party will not be able to attract new members to join and aspire to serve Singapore and Singaporeans as opposition MPs," said Pritam.

The absence of new blood will set the party back in its growth as a credible and institutionalised opposition in Singapore, he added.

"Mr Low shared with me that it was critical for the Workers' Party to remain relevant to all Singaporeans... He was concerned that as the elder generation of the party ages - even as values and wisdom remain timeless - a Member of Parliament must have his or her pulse on Singapore society," Pritam said.

"If a Workers' Party MP becomes too detached from new norms and the changing shape of society, the Workers' Party will be less effective in speaking for Singaporeans in Parliament and run the risk of becoming irrelevant."

The longest-serving opposition MP in Singapore won Hougang SMC in GE2006 against the incumbent People's Action Party's Eric Low Siak Meng.He is best known for leading the WP team to a historic victory in Aljunied over the PAP in GE2011 - the first time that an opposition party had won a GRC. The team retained the GRC in GE2015.