22 Aug '11, 1am

PAP A Team vs PAP B Team?

Former senior parliamentary secretary for Home Affairs Mohamad Maidin Packer Mohd has come out to back former parliamentary colleague Dr Tan Cheng Bock in his bid for the presidency. He is believed to be the first former PAP MP to openly support Dr Tan. In a Facebook note in Malay late on Sunday night, Mr Maidin said he strongly supported Dr Tan's stand of wanting to champion and strengthen multiracialism in Singapore. He recounted how during the Asian Financial Crisis in the late 1990s, many Malays and Indians were frustrated because they faced difficulty finding jobs, and some felt discriminated against as they were asked if they were fluent in Mandarin. Dr Tan Cheng Bock, who was an MP from 1980 to 2006 had highlighted the issue in Parliament, he recalled, and urged employers to treat everyone equally. Mr Maidin, who was an MP from 1991 to 2006, said it was time Singapo...

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