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NTUC reaffirms support for Ng Chee Meng to stay on as labour chief after Sengkang election loss

Jul 14, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
SINGAPORE - The labour movement's top leadership has reaffirmed its support for labour chief Ng Chee Meng and said he will remain secretary-general of NTUC. Questions have been raised about Mr Ng's position in the labour movement after the PAP team he led in Sengkang GRC lost to the Workers' Party in last Friday's election.

In a statement on Tuesday, NTUC president Mary Liew said Mr Ng will retain his position in NTUC. She said: "As an NTUC elected position, it is a position which stands independent of political appointments. The members of the NTUC central committee stand in unanimous support for Brother Ng Chee Meng as secretary-general of NTUC.".

"As we head into more challenging times ahead, we remain resolute in our mission to help workers. Brother Ng Chee Meng has over the last two years pushed for many good initiatives for workers and this is work that must continue. We stand in solidarity as we continue this journey together," she added.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Mr Ng said he will soon be stepping down from the Cabinet, but will continue to fulfil his elected role in NTUC. "I will continue to serve workers who have given me their trust and I remain as undeterred as the day I first joined the labour movement - to be alongside our workers and to be their voice," he said.

"There will be tough days ahead with the Covid-19 challenges. Together with union leaders and my NTUC colleagues, we will stay the course to care for and do right by our workers," said Mr Ng. The most recent National Delegates' Conference was held in October last year, where a 21-member central committee was chosen, with Ms Liew and Mr Ng at the helm.