FORMER presidential candidate Tan Jee Say announced the formation of a new political party called Singaporeans First.
There are 11 founding members – among them architects, a retired army colonel and other professionals.
Another familiar face is psychiatrist Ang Yong Guan, who together with Tan contested the 2011 General Election on the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) ticket.
At a press conference to unveil the new party and its logo, Tan, 60, said his party will champion policies to build a fair society, strong families and an esteemed people, to create a “new narrative” for Singapore which focuses on not treating citizens as economic digits and offers a lot more social support and safety nets.
Dr Ang said the logo – a heart within a circle – symbolises that the party thinks with its heart.
Tan said the party would be registered after the press conference.
Tan won 25% of the vote in a four-way fight in the August 2011 presidential election. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network