NSP sec-gen Hazel Poa steps down

NSP sec-gen Hazel Poa steps down
Ms Hazel Poa, a former government scholarship holder, was one of several "star catches" by the opposition in the 2011 General Election. The secretary-general of opposition National Solidarity Party is stepping down owing to health problems.

SINGAPORE - She had made the request to the party's central executive committee (CEC), and this was approved at its regular monthly closed-door meeting yesterday, NSP president Sebastian Teo told The Straits Times. He said Ms Poa, 43, has had health problems for around two months. Initially, he added, the NSP decided to give her some time to rest, but at the end of it, she had not recovered and had made the request to leave her post.


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 NSP: Don't exploit hawker issue for political gain

SINGAPORE - The National Solidarity Party (NSP) has urged the ruling People's Action Party and opposition Workers' Party not to exploit the ongoing hawker centre cleaning dispute for "political gain".

Responding to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's statement on Friday, Workers' Party (WP) chief Low Thia Khiang said the party had already made its position known and did not find it "productive to continue" the argument.

NSP secretary-general Hazel Poa (above) said in a statement on Monday night that her party "is troubled by what we see as the declining level of discourse in our politics recently" and "a growing culture of partisan bickering".

The only instance she cited was last Monday's Parliament sitting when Minister for Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan sparred with WP leaders Low Thia Khiang and Sylvia Lim over the cleaning of some hawker centres in Bedok.

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