The SDP held its biennial party conference last Saturday during which it elected its 16th Central Executive Committee (CEC). New faces were introduced into the leadership even as familiar ones continue to provide the necessary experience.
Mr Jeffrey George, a shipping engineer, was elected the new Chairman replacing Mr Jufrie Mahmood who had expressed his wish to step down for health reasons. Mr Jufrie remains in the new CEC.
Dr Chee Soon Juan was elected Secretary-General.
Mr Christopher Ang took over the post of Assistant Secretary-General from Mr John Tan who became Vice-Chairman. Mr Vincent Cheng who had occupied the Vice-Chairman's preferred to be a member of the CEC.
Three new faces joined the new line-up: Ms Chong Wai Fung assumed the post of Treasurer, Ms Jaslyn Go takes over as Assistant Treasurer and Mr Jufri Salim, a Young Democrat, came on board as a member.
Even though this was the first time the three are serving as CEC members, they are not new faces in the political scene. Ms Chong has been organising and hosting some of the party's public events, while Ms Go and Mr Jufrie have been with the SDP for many years.
Below is the new CEC line-up:
Mr Jeffrey George, Chairman Dr Chee Soon Juan, Secretary-General Mr John Tan, Vice-Chairman Mr Christopher Ang, Assistant Secretary-General Ms Chong Wai Fung, Treasurer Ms Jaslyn Go, Assistant Treasurer Ms Chee Siok Chin Mr Vincent Cheng Mr Jufri Salim Mr Jufrie Mahmood Mr Bryan Lim Mr Mohd Isa Mr Gerald Sng Mr Francis Yong
Secretary-General Chee addressed members at the conference and called on party activists to step up the effort in preparation for the next general elections.
He reminded members of the party's vision to build a compassionate and egalitarian Singapore where we place less emphasis on material riches and more attention to improve our quality of life.
ability to care will lend courage needed to question authority and to
build a capacity for collective reasoning and debate that will allow
us to shape our future in ways that will fulfill our aspirations," Dr Chee said.
"A party that truly believes in the
people," he emphasised, "one that seeks to put people before profit, wisdom before
wealth and rights before riches is one that will be on the right side