Nicole Seah quits NSP, says 'job is done for now'

Nicole Seah quits NSP, says 'job is done for now'

SINGAPORE - "There was nothing which might have happened to trigger this departure," she said in an e-mailed statement on Friday, adding that she started out in politics as a fresh graduate wanting to make a difference through raising political awareness and interest among youth.

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She sent an email with her statement to the media on Friday, Aug 29:

"Leaving the NSP was an extremely difficult and painful decision to make, and there was nothing which might have happened to trigger this departure. I started in politics as a fresh graduate wanting to make a difference, by bringing more political awareness and interest to young people in the last couple of years. It's reached a point where I feel that my job is done (for now) and I have to move on and grow in other areas, before I can continue to give back to the communities I choose to place myself in.

"Singapore is always home, and what is far more crucial is for everyone to recognise that in everyone's way, we just want the best for this country using the most productive channels possible. I do hope that there will be more constructive discussions taking place in public domains, that we will have a less biased state media, and that our political discourse as a nation continues to mature in the right direction.

"I wish NSP all the best, and continue to hold its leadership and members in high regard. We continue to remain friends. For myself, this is not a complete departure from politics, as I continue to keep tabs on what is happening back home. I will just need to find a more suitable platform to contribute and give back."

Nicole Seah reveals struggles since being in political spotlight

Rachel Chang
The Straits Times
Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013

SINGAPORE - SHE made a political splash in the 2011 General Election with a poise and confidence beyond her 24 years, but opposition figure Nicole Seah has candidly revealed her struggles and self-doubt since being propelled into the spotlight.

She has been used for her public profile by others and has suffered rape and death threats.

In the past year, she has lost two jobs and her grandmother was diagnosed with stomach cancer - the news of which caused her to have a physical panic attack.

She also contracted dengue fever, she wrote in a Facebook post last Saturday that has since garnered more than 2,900 likes as of press time on Sunday.

These health issues were part of a "meltdown" and put her in and out of hospital during "the worst year of my life thus far".

Ms Seah, now 27, said being in the political spotlight since 2011, when she contested in Marine Parade GRC on a National Solidarity Party (NSP) ticket, led to her feeling crippled by public expectations and helpless when meeting those in need.

"I felt like a fraud being invited to speak at conferences everywhere. I mean, I do have an opinion on some things, but I'm not an expert on everything or anything as of yet," she wrote.

"I felt extremely self-conscious about the need to appear or look a certain way, just so people wouldn't walk away feeling they've been cheated. I was cheating only myself."

She also dated two to three men who were "obviously more interested in my public profile than who I really was as a person".

Ms Seah, who is NSP's second assistant secretary-general, was on a leave of absence from the party as of last month and did not respond to media queries on Sunday.

In her Facebook note, she also called her endorsement of presidential candidate Tan Jee Say in 2011 a "terrible, irreversible mistake" and something she had been "arm-twisted" into.

She added that she was grateful for the lessons she has learnt. These include learning to let go, realising how little material things matter, not taking shortcuts and realising that "when you have a larger purpose in mind, the road to achieving it is a marathon for life".

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