Lawyer elected NSP's new sec-gen

Lawyer elected NSP's new sec-gen
National Solidarity Party (NSP) secretary-general Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss.

Newly elected National Solidarity Party (NSP) secretary-general Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss has set policy work and greater outreach as two priorities for her party as it gears up for the next General Election.

With the marathon to the polls entering its second half, the 50-year-old lawyer said: "It's important to peak at the right time. The last leg is always the most crucial and most defining of all."

Mrs Chong-Aruldoss, who had been tipped as a front-runner for the post, was elected unopposed by some 24 congress members in a meeting held at NSP's Jalan Besar headquarters on Sunday.

Previously the NSP vice-president, she takes over from former government scholarship holder Hazel Poa, who stepped down last month for health reasons.

On Sunday, Mrs Chong-Aruldoss told reporters that her immediate focus will be to get the party back on track after the "short lull" due to the leadership change.

First up will be to develop and consolidate clear party positions on policy issues, she said, adding that she hopes to hold internal discussions and focus group talks.

This builds upon a series of policy forums held by the party since the 2011 polls, covering topics like population issues, ministerial pay and the mandatory death penalty.

Mrs Chong-Aruldoss, who heads the NSP legal committee, spoke regularly at these events.

On Sunday, she also highlighted the importance of stepping up outreach and getting a good grasp of what matters to Singaporeans.

The party, which fielded the most number of opposition candidates in the 2011 polls, has previously declared its intention of returning to all eight constituencies it contested.

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