30 Jan '11, 1pm

Workers' Party launches book: SINGAPORE: The Workers' Party (WP) was planning to contest in just one GRC in the

SINGAPORE: The Workers' Party (WP) was planning to contest in just one GRC in the 2006 General Election (GE) but in the end decided to target three instead, after much behind-the-scene canvassing by one of its members. The Aljunied ward was the initial lone target but organising secretary Yaw Shin Leong disagreed and focused efforts on forming a second team to fight for East Coast GRC. However, when electoral boundaries were announced, Mr Yaw rallied resources within 24 hours to lead a team at Ang Mo Kio GRC as well, pitting themselves against Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his MPs in the ward. Even though they lost, Mr Yaw's team in Ang Mo Kio -- dubbed a "suicide squad" -- was remembered for getting more than one-third of the votes. These accounts were detailed in "Towards Political Development and Vibrancy", a Chinese-language book penned by Mr Yaw and launched on S...

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