Internal election drama at Workers' Party headquarters

Internal election drama at Workers' Party headquarters

MEETING: Veteran party members meeting at a coffee shop near the Workers' Party headquarters before the council election.
"I think these are all rumours and you’d better check your facts. There will always be such rumours, but the CeC election (result) speaks for itself." - Ms Sylvia Lim, Workers’ Party chairman

Party elections within the Workers' Party (WP) are usually non-events. And by all accounts, it was business as usual yesterday with Ms Sylvia Lim and Mr Low Thia Khiang being returned unchallenged as chairman and secretary-general respectively.

But something happened yesterday with six newer members of the 2012 Central Executive Council (CEC) not being re-elected.

And two older members getting seats in the new CEC. That wasn't all. Veteran WP cadre members also spoke openly about their unhappiness at being sidelined by the party bigwigs.

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Lift out of order: Town council staff carry resident, who had problems walking, up 10 floors

Town council officers carry resident up 10 storeys after power outage puts lifts out of order

HEROES: Mr Nur Farizzat Zainal Abidin (above) and his colleague Mr Joseph Lee carried a man who had difficulty walking up 10 storeys. They did this because the lift was out of order that day.
HEROES: Mr Nur Farizzat Zainal Abidin and his colleague Mr Joseph Lee (above) carried a man who had difficulty walking up 10 storeys. They did this because the lift was out of order that day.

When the lifts went out of order at a Choa Chu Kang Crescent block last week, staff from Chua Chu Kang Town Council went beyond the call of duty.

Two of them took turns to carry a resident, who had walking difficulties, to his unit on the 10th storey.

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TAKING AIM: One of the many children who got their hands on military hardware at the RSAF45@Heartlands Exhibition in Toa Payoh.
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Man who lost both legs to accident hopes to go home for Hari Raya

Man who loses legs in accident keeps his hopes up

LOOKING FORWARD: Mr Juma'at Pungut and his wife Madam Sharifah Azah hope he will be allowed to return home for Hari Raya celebrations today.

He lost both his legs in an accident while at work on June 2. Mr Juma'at Pungut, a security guard at a container depot in Tuas, was hit by a heavy duty vehicle and has since been in hospital for close to two months.

Now, all he wants is to go home for Hari Raya Puasa today. "I want to go home. I feel okay. My body feels like it wants to walk, but (it) cannot. I am thankful that I can still talk; I can still use my hands," he told The New Paper.

If Mr Juma'at is allowed to go on home leave today, it will be the first time in close to two months that he's back at his Boon Lay flat.

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