Rotary Club clarifies: We do not harbor political ambition
Posted by temasektimes on May 29, 2012
The Rotary Club of Singapore has responded to a charge by former PAP MP Dr Tan Cheng Bock that it is interfering with local politics with a generous donation of $100,000 to PAP losing candidate for Hougang Desmond Choo on the eve of the by-election.
In a post on his Facebook on Sunday, Dr Tan wrote:
“Is the club taking a position in politics? Is it within the ambit of its constitution? I have always been a supporter of the Rotary Club but I was disappointed by this action.”
In an interview with the Straits Times today, Rotary Club President Kumar Tapan Rao said:
“The Rotary Club is not making any donation to any political party. We are raising funds for a project to help the elderly in Singapore.”
The Chairman of the Foundation of Rotary Clubs Mr David Tong added that the Club’s Constitution bans members from taking part in any political activity in the name of their clubs.
When contacted by the media, Mr Choo said that the funding should go to anybody running a good programme to benefit the people.