Head of PSP's Youth Wing Terence Soon resigns from party

Apr 27, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership

The Head of Progress Singapore Party's (PSP) Youth Wing Terence Soon tendered his resignation from PSP as a member yesterday (Apr 26) citing his offer for "employment opportunities overseas".

In a letter dated April 26th and addressed to PSP Secretary-General Francis Yuen, Terrence said he has "no choice but to resign from PSP in order to secure a brighter future" for his "very young family".

Terrence, a SIA pilot will be relocating overseas with his family to take up the job offer.

His resignation was communicated beforehand last week (Apr 21) in a face-to-face meeting with PSP Chairman Dr Tan Cheng Bock and Vice-Chairman Wang Swee Chuang.

Unhappiness over CEC exclusion?

According to Fathership's source, Terence may have been unhappy with his exclusion from PSP's Central Executive Committee (CEC).

PSP last month (Mar 28) elected 12-members into its CEC amid rumours of infighting within the party.

Terence, although the Head of PSP's Youth Wing, was not elected to be part of the CEC.

Asked about the rumours, Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) Leong Mun Wai said: “As you can see at the elections today, there are no troublesome events so the unity of the party is not in question at all.

“It’s just that there are some opinions and all that, so a democratic process would allow that.”

Pressed if this meant the allegations were false, Mr Leong would only say that the rumours “won’t have a substantial impact”.

Here's the full resignation letter:

S'pore firm develops first Omicron-specific testing kit

Dec 06, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership
Home-grown biotechnology firm BioAcumen Global has launched Singapore's first Omicron-specific Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) kit.

This means that a person taking the test will receive one of three results: Covid-19 positive and Omicron positive; Covid-19 positive and Omicron negative; or Covid-19 and Omicron negative.

Currently, PCR kits here that are capable of detecting Omicron require an additional gene sequencing step to confirm the specific variant. This takes an additional day.

Some PCR kits, such as those currently in use by medical technology firm Acumen Diagnostics and biotech firm MiRXES, are able to detect both the Delta and the Omicron strains, but to confirm if a positive case has been infected by Omicron, gene sequencing is necessary.

Mr Jimmy Toh, director of BioAcumen Global, said: "We are looking at ways to cut down the steps and time needed to run this test. This is crucial, especially at the borders where accurate tests need to be done on-site. There is no time to wait on sequencing results to know if a positive sample is infected with Omicron."

Mass production of the kit has begun, and the BioAcumen Global team hopes this kit will provide much needed help locally and in the region for the surveillance and control of this new variant, Mr Toh said.