Former WP leader Eric Tan criticizes WP for not recognizing contributions of election candidates
Posted by temasektimes on May 17, 2012
A former leader of the Workers Party Eric Tan has spoken out against the party for their refusal to recognize the contributions of members who have contested in the General Election.
Mr Eric Tan led a team to contest in East Coast GRC in the May election last year, garnering a respectable 45 percent of the votes. He was also instrumental in bringing ‘celebrity’ MP Chen Show Mao into the party.
Despite his tremendous contributions and years of experience, he was sidelined by the WP leadership who appointed a rookie in his team Gerald Giam for a NCMP seat instead of him, causing him to resign from the party in anger.
In a comment posted on Facebook, Mr Tan wrote he felt ‘indignant’ at the way the party treated ex-candidate Sajeev Kamalasanan who resigned last Sunday after he was not nominated for a party cadreship.
“When I read about Sajeev’s resignation from WP, I felt indignant that party did not appoint him a cadre. The simple logic is that the criteria for the selection for candidates must be more stringent than cadres .Also in the case of opposition candidates , they undertake some personal risks as they put their jobs on the line and risk law suits. Hence the party must recognise and appreciate them for their courage and contributions.”
[Source: Eric Tan's Facebook]
According to party insiders who spoke to us under the condition of anonymity, the WP leadership does not run on ‘consensus’ as publicly proclaimed and is dominated by the ‘Big Two’.
“It is very obvious that certain people are favored over the others. Dr Poh was with the party for a long time, but he was overlooked as a candidate to contest in Hougang,” he said.