TODAY: Ripples but Yaw retains post

NEW CEC MEMBERS: (From left) Ms Lilian Lee, Mr Png Eng Huat and Mr Koh Choong Yong.

EVEN as discontent over his re-appointment surfaced online, Workers’ Party member Yaw Shin Leong retained his post last night as organising secretary in the party’s Central Executive Committee.

Mr Yaw, 32, who made headlines in May after blogging that he voted for People’s Action Party MP Teo Ho Pin in the last elections, was apparently at the centre of debate on Sunday, when cadre members voted at the CEC election.

But Mr Yaw does not think older members object to his reappointment.

“I don’t think they’re paying any attention to the so-called controversy. I merely made known to the Chinese-educated members the things that transpired so far … and my eventual introspection on the matter,” said Mr Yaw, who has since blogged that he would no longer vote for the ruling party.

He told reporters after a two-hour meeting last night that he would continue to contribute, as he remains “convicted about the cause”. Calling his role “a massive responsibility”, he vowed to “discharge (it) to the best of (his) ability”.

The CEC has also appointed another member as organising secretary: Ms Ng Swee Bee, 27, was previously the deputy treasurer.

Three new CEC members were also blooded into new roles. Mr Koh Choong Yong, who runs an IT consultancy, will assume the role of webmaster and will be assisted by businessman Png Eng Huat. Recruitment manager Lilian Lee, 29, is the new deputy treasurer.

Party chairman Sylvia Lim said, with the infusion of the three new CEC members, the party remains on track in its renewal process and would continue with its outreach efforts. – LEONG WEE KEAT AND ZUL OTHMAN

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