By Wong Siew Ying
Low Thia Khiang (centre)
SINGAPORE: The Workers’ Party (WP) will stay the course and work towards another watershed at the next general election (GE) 2011 to secure a GRC (Group Representation Constituency) ward.
This assurance was given by the Workers’ Party’s Secretary-General Low Thia Khiang at a dinner reception to celebrate the party’s 50th anniversary.
The event was attended by some 600 supporters and friends.
Among them – 81-year-old Jean Marshall, wife of the party’s founder David Marshall, as well as fellow opposition MP Chiam See Tong.
During the dinner, Workers’ Party Chairman Sylvia Lim thanked members who had kept faith with the party despite the odds and challenging political climate.
She also launched the Workers’ Party 50th anniversary commemorative book which traces the origins and journey of the party since 1957.
But it’s not all about history and Low outlined future plans for the party.
He said while the party has made good progress, it must continue to build public confidence and attract members of good calibre into the ranks. This will strengthen its bid to win a GRC in the next general election.
Low said: “I challenge the critics of WP to join the Workers’ Party to make it better. Only when there’s a pool of credible human resources can Workers’ Party perform better. Only when there’s new blood can Workers’ Party continue its renewal to meet society’s expectations.
“In my view, as long as the opposition is unable to secure a breakthrough in a GRC, the opposition remains a marginal player and at risk of extinction one day.” – CNA /ls