06 Apr '11, 9pm

Dr Vincent Wijeysingha decided to join the SDP because it "had the most coherent programme, the most humane...

SINGAPORE - Huddled around the television set last Saturday night, they watched Mr Vincent Wijeysingha's (picture) joust with the members of the ruling party, which included Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, in a televised political forum organised by Channel NewsAsia. Midway through, his father - Mr Eugene Wijeysingha, the well-known and much-admired former principal of Raffles Institution - boomed: "Never call a Minister by his first name!" That moment captured how the senior Wijeysingha - still "very much an Establishment man", in Vincent's words - has taken to the 40-year-old bachelor's decision last July to don Opposition colours: From disapproval and apprehension initially, to now playing counsellor on the proper behaviour a fledgling politician should have. Said the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) new face: "He was concerned about my political aspirations bu...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/SingaporeVotes/EDC110407-00003...

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