Straits Times: Breakaway group from the WP forms new party

THE breakaway group from the Workers Party has formed a new party, the United Front. Approval from the Registrar of Societies is being sought.

The proposed party constitution, and names of its pro-tem committee were submitted to the registrar on Dec. 22.

Officials named in the committee were secretary-general Mr. Seow Khee Leng, chairman Mr. Ng Ho and treasurer Mr. Raja Yusoff bin Raja Abdullah.

Mr. Seow and Mr. Ng were former assistant secretary-general and organising secretary of the Workers Party.

Manifesto

Pro-tem secretary-general Mr. Seow said: “Other key figures in the party included former chairman of the Peoples Front Mr. Wong Chung Kit, an economics graduate from Shanghai University.”

He said that the party’s manifesto is being drafted and would be ready soon.

Mr. Seow said that the group now enjoys the support of 13 ex-WP area sub-committees with a total membership of more than 200.

“Support also comes from the splinter group of the Peoples Front,” he added.

The party has a temporary office at 40-G, Lorong Sang Kanchil, Aljunied Road.

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New Nation: Breakaway WP men form party

Govt approval awaited

By Long Kum Thong

THE breakaway group from the Workers’ Party has formed a new party, the United Front, pending approval from the Registrar of Societies.

It is understood that the party’s name, names of pro-tem committee members and the party’s manifesto were submitted to the registrar yesterday.

Committee members include Mr. Charlie Seow Khee Leng as secretary-general and Mr. Ng Ho as chairman. Both led the split from the Workers’ Party three weeks ago.

Usually reliable sources said two former prominent members of the People’s Front were also included in the committee.

They are expected to be Mr. Kow Kee Seng, ex-organising secretary and Mr. Wong Chung Kit, ex-chairman of the People’s Front.

The sources added that the new party’s strength numbered more than 200 members, the great majority of them ex-Workers’ Party members.

They expect more members to leave the Workers’ Party and join forces with the United Front.

The new party has a temporary office at 40-G, Lorong Sang Kanchil, off Aljunied Road.

Straits Times: Workers’ Party to make accounts public


MR. JEYARETNAM
…not true to say party has refused to divulge information on its finances

THE secretary-general of the Workers’ Party, Mr. J.B. Jeyaretnam, said yesterday that the party would make its accounts public as soon as they have been audited.

He said this in reply to an allegation by a breakaway group from the party that the organisation was keeping its accounts secret.

The splinter group members had also said that they could get no details of a charge by the Government that the Workers’ Party had received a $600,000 gift for the recent general election.

Mr. Jeyaretnam said: “It is not true to say that the council had refused to divulge information on its finances.

Audit

“In fact the accounts are now being audited. The statement of accounts will be sent to the Registrar of Societies. It will also be made public.”

On the allegation that the party had received a $600,000 donation for the election, Mr. Jeyaretnam said:

“A writ has already been taken out against a PAP Member of Parliament who is said to have made the allegation. The case may be heard some time next year.”

Mr. Jeyaretnam said that the break-away would not affect the party structure or its functioning.

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Straits Times: ‘Left-wing’ 200 break from the WP

By R. CHANDRAN


MR. NG HO
…former organising secretary

A BREAKAWAY group from the Workers Party announced yesterday that it was quitting the party and forming a new political organisation in Singapore.

The group said it had the support of 200 of the 554 party members including seven party candidates who contested the general election and three central councillors.

At a press conference yesterday it said that it represented the “left wing” of the party.

The group is led by the party’s former assistant secretary-general, Mr. Charlie Seow, 32, and organising secretary, Mr. Ng Ho, 52.

It gave these reasons for its action:

THE party was under the control of a four-man “inner cabinet” headed by Mr. J.B. Jeyaretnam, the secretary-general,

THEY WERE refused information on the state of party finances, including charges that the party had received a gift of $600,000 for the last general election.

No expenses

Mr. Ng said he had asked the party chairman, Mr. Heng Swee Tong at a council meeting about party funds for the polls.

Said Mr. Ng: “He said the party was prepared to spend $2,000 on each candidate.

“Later he said that he was only prepared to spend $80,000 on 40 candidates.

“Then he said he was only prepared to pay for 30 candidates.

“When the election came we could not get even one cent for expenses.”

He charged that another party official paid $1,500 to buy off an Independent candidate who was standing in his constituency.

His main charge against Mr. Jeyaretnam was that he changed party policy whenever he liked, without consulting the party.

He also accused Mr. Robert Tan, the treasurer, of opening another Chinese medicine clinic sponsored by the party in Tampines recently.

$600,000 gift

He and Mr. Charlie Seow had asked the council about the charges by the Government that the party had received a gift of $600,000 for the polls.

“They replied that there was no case and that there was no evidence. That’s all they would say.”

Mr. Seow said that among those who had quit the party were seven candidates who had stood for the last election on Workers Party tickets, including himself and Mr. Ng Ho.

Others are Encik Ariffin bin Noordin (Siglap), Cik Norma Yahya (Changi), Encik Zainal Abidin (Telok Blangah), Encik Othman bin Abdullah (Kampong Kembangan) and Mr. Wong Kiu Yu (Alevandra).

“We want to disassociates ourselves from the financial affairs of the party,” he said.

Motives

He claimed that some 200 members of the Workers Party’s 554 members backed his group.

Asked about their future, he said they had already formed a pro-tem committee for a new political organisation.

In a statement, the group charged that the present leadership of the Workers Party represented “big business opportunists.”

They were “intolerant of criticism and discussion,” they said.

They said: “We may never know the motives of this clique and their stooges. History is the best judge,” they said.

The breakaway group said none of them were elected into the new Workers Party central council which was elected last Sunday.

Mr. Jeyaretnam could not be contacted for comments.

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