NSP acting sec-gen Hazel Poa resigns after strongly disagreeing party's decision to contest in MacPherson SMC

NSP acting sec-gen Hazel Poa resigns after strongly disagreeing party's decision to contest in MacPherson SMC
The acting Secretary-General of the NSP Ms Hazel Poa (left) has resigned from the party after a disagreement over NSP's decision to field Treasurer Mr Steve Chia (right) in MacPherson SMC, which will lead to a potential three-cornered fight against WP and PAP.

SINGAPORE - The acting Secretary-General of the National Solidarity Party (NSP) Ms Hazel Poa has resigned from the party today (Aug 19), after a disagreement over NSP's decision to contest in MacPherson SMC.

On Monday (Aug 17), NSP's Treasurer Mr Steve Chia's requested to contest in MacPherson SMC, which will lead to a potential three-cornered fight against the Workers' Party (WP) and People's Action Party (PAP).

"It was a decision I strongly disagreed with, and hence not one I can implement," Ms Poa said in a statement Wednesday.

"As the direction that the party has decided to pursue deviates greatly from my own, I see no choice other than to resign from the NSP."

Explaining that the leader of the NSP is its President and not the Secretary-General unlike other political parties, Ms Poa said that her departure would not make the party leaderless.

"Whilst I disagree with the decision that has been taken, I respect the right of the CEC as the decision-making body of the Party to make that call.  I wish NSP all the best in the coming GE," the 44-year-old added.

Ms Poa said that she would not be contesting in the upcoming General Election.

"I apologise to all whom I have disappointed.  My own disappointment is no less.

"For me, the coming months will be a time for reflection."

Ms Poa was NSP Secretary-General from 2011 to 2013, before stepping down due to poor health. She was reappointed Secretary-General in June 2015.

The Public Service Commission Scholar and Cambridge University alumni contested in Choa Chu Kang GRC during the General Election in 2011, where she lost to the PAP team.

grongloh@sph.com.sg

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