• BY SUE-ANN CHIA
EVEN as the top two leaders in the Workers’ Party (WP) remain unchanged, four new faces were elected to its 15-member central executive committee last night.
The four newbies elected at the party’s conference of organisers were Ms Frieda Chan, Mr Gerald Giam, Mr Muhammad Faisal Abdul Manap, and Dr John Yam.
They joined the party either during or after the May 2006 General Election (GE).
Mr Giam, 33, an IT consultant and well-known blogger, joined in January last year. Ms Chan, 34, who founded a charity organisation in 2004, became a member in 2006 and is a member of the WP’s Youth Wing executive committee.
Mr Muhammad Faisal, 34, a counsellor with a voluntary welfare organisation, also joined in 2006 and was previously on the youth wing’s council. Dr Yam, 48, a business consultant, is understood to have joined last year.
The election at the WP’s Syed Alwi Road headquarters saw Non-Constituency MP Sylvia Lim, 44, remain as chairman, and Hougang MP Low Thia Khiang, 53, continue as secretary-general.
Commenting on the new team, Ms Lim told The Straits Times that the party had again shown its commitment to a process of leadership renewal: “I believe the new council members will inject fresh perspectives so that the party can remain relevant to the electorate.”
Mr Giam said he intends to do just that: “Singapore needs an alternative political leadership that is capable of steering our country to its next level of development, should the current ruling party stumble.”
He believes the WP has the potential to be a future alternative government, and hopes to play his part recruiting new members, sharpening policy positions and explaining how the party can serve citizens’ interests.
Three central executive committee members who contested the GE previously, stepped down yesterday: private college lecturer Poh Lee Guan, 53, who stood in Nee Soon East twice; manager Brandon Siow, 35; and business management consultant Perry Tong, 39 – both of whom were part of the 2006 WP team that stood in East Coast GRC.
A meeting will be held later this week to decide on other positions within the new committee.