PSP clarifies on statement made by CEC member Alex Tan

Earlier, a remark made about the four-party opposition alliance by a key CEC member of Progress Singapore Party (PSP) has drawn the ire of party leaders.

Alex Tan Tiong Hee had described the leaders of the parties as being “[captains of] sinking boats” and the alliance was an attempt to “clasp onto] one another’s hands to save themselves from drowning”.

Where calls for an opposition alliance has grown stronger, such a remark drew division from both sides on social media.

While some felt that Tan’s comments contained some ring of truth to it and an alliance would only be effective if it has parties that already had seats in Parliament, others felt the opposition parties should be more united.

In a release on Wed (15 Jan), the party has since clarified that the remark was made “in jest” in Tan’s personal capacity “in the context of a casual group chat with friends who included members from the proposed alliance”. These views “are not shared by Dr Tan and the rest of the CEC”.

It added that it “deeply respect[s] the years of commitment and sacrifice that other opposition parties and their leaders have put into working for the betterment of our nation.”

 

 

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18 Responses to “PSP clarifies on statement made by CEC member Alex Tan”

  • Could have done better:

    Alamak, a smart alec what’s his wherewithal we shall see…. fortunately we know Dr. Tan Cheng Bok better – the PAP ori guy like the good soul first elected president.

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  • ShamYewCum:

    Who is Alex Tan anyways for his words to have any weight or his words to be taken seriously?

    Who is the Mole implanted?

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  • Flabbergasted:

    What he said is very true, TJS, GMS, Desmond and KJ will make very good stand-up comedians.

    These are people few wants to be associated with, let alone having them representing us.

    I’m not sure if some are paid to talk cock.

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  • Gongkias will vote pap again:

    This is exactly the kind of arrogant attitude that the pap has and people hate. Do not think that you’re in a stronger party, you can laugh and pass disrespectful comments about others.

    Damn if you do, damn if you don’t. When there’re so many oppo parties, people asked for alliance. Now that 4 parties have decided to form an alliance, all kind of demeaning comments are said about them.

    The battle is against the ruling party – the bullies. All oppo members should stay united.

    Alex Tan had better offer an apology for the remarks he’s made. Do not disgrace Dr Tan or PSP especially when he is a CEC member of the PSP..

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  • TruBlu:

    There is no sinking boat,there is just a need to POWER THESE BOATS?
    WE NEED FUEL LIKE FORMING AN ALLIANCE FOR THE BOATS TO PROPEL FORWARD?
    IS ALEX TAN A WORTHY CREW MEMBER?

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Flabbergasted:
    What he said is very true, TJS, GMS, Desmond and KJ will make very good stand-up comedians.

    These are people few wants to be associated with, let alone having them representing us.

    I’m not sure if some are paid to talk cock.

    TJS & KJ are OK if they can allow their ego to take a Backseat and work as a TEAM as for the others Alex may be right

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  • NotMyProblem:

    When calls for an opposition alliance has grown stronger, such a remark by Alex Tan is not appropriate at this time.

    Alliance is not necessary to form by association under one flag, it can be by supporting each other.

    IMHO, by good liaison, communication, supporting each other is good enough.

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  • Why u so liddat lah:

    Could he be the miws mole..to disrupt and place doubts in citizens minds , so as to deny the oppos votes?
    Or else i cant comprehend why he spouted such words…

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  • Harder Truths:

    People should make up their own minds and not depend on the views of others.

    With the opposition you may have a chance – with the pappies you have none.

    Vote wisely and with your future in mind.

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  • Sandy:

    The voters are the boat, unsinkable.
    Nobody needs the expensive Titanic.
    Alex is not on the Titanic.

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  • Singkees ain't Honkees:

    Double-O reared his ugly pile.

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  • Realistically:

    @ TRE Article

    I agree with PSP’s Alex Tan Tiong Hee.

    However Alex Tan Tiong Hee has failed to show that he himself is credible and has contributed or value add to Govt policies which would have benefited the people or even understand the core issues which have afflicted the public like cost of living increases – why so – and policy failures which necessitate the Govt increasing water rates, impending GST and other increases.

    I have talked about this before and it is a pity that Dr Tan Cheng Bock has apparently done nothing about what I have said.

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  • Lee Gan Yew:

    Realistically:
    @ TRE Article

    I agree with PSP’s Alex Tan Tiong Hee.

    However Alex Tan Tiong Hee has failed to show that he himself is credible and has contributed or value add to Govt policies which would have benefited the people or even understand the core issues which have afflicted the public like cost of living increases – why so – and policy failures which necessitate the Govt increasing water rates, impending GST and other increases.

    I have talked about this before and it is a pity that Dr Tan Cheng Bock has apparently done nothing about what I have said.

    Well said !!

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  • Lee Gan Yew:

    Old man Alex Tan has achieved nothing politically and yet thinks he is qualified to make that comment.

    He gives elderlies a bad name.

    Is he getting senile?So much white hair like dried up grass.

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  • pap S$m folks all very lazy:

    Lee Gan Yew:
    Old man Alex Tan has achieved nothing politically and yet thinks he is qualified to make that comment.

    He gives elderlies a bad name.

    Is he getting senile?So much white hair like dried up grass.

    never mind.

    since he is old, he dies soon.

    how long did it take Qing dynasty to die?

    if pap dies within 55 years, it is a world record already.

    what an old useless non achieving pap mole says is a waste of time even to repeat. let the old man die soon.

    let us focus. let us topple lying S$m pap this GE2020.

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  • A system based on BELIEVING:

    Mole activated so soon.
    Seems like longan lack confidence.
    Really is there 70%?

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  • Stamped election:

    This sick old puppy worsening the image of elderlies .

    He should learn to shut up.

    Is he a mole? Why is he still in CEC ?

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  • Yelling screaming Non:

    Aspiring opposition candidates are not to vomit the same mistakes as PIGS candidates ie showing their arrogance in association walking like proud papayas having nothing to show except to repeat party manifestos. Opposition candidates to Serve with humility the way TCB did and the people will flow with u. Little papayas or opportunistic See Say ; yelling screaming candidates ; arrogant screaming do not cut with rational Singaporean’. Great if u have oratorical skill like Lim Tean , GMS should groom young ones he know he can’t jump start ; KJ cannot be hollering and need exert greater fire and tenacity .. those who think wiping up the crowd gains votes will be wrong .. Singaporean are a rational lots and will listen to sound logic to change flawed policies . At end day , candidates credentials are important ie we don’t want a paid influencer like PIGS .

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