Former Workers’ Party candidate quits

“Mr Sajeev Kamalasanan, 42, a former Nee Soon GRC candidate, e-mailed his resignation letter last night to WP secretary-general Low Thia Khiang and chairman Sylvia Lim.

He cited his disappointment that WP had not made him a cadre despite his ‘substantial’
contributions.

‘I am disappointed that the party has not been able to formally recognise my contributions, and
going forward, I see little way in me playing a meaningful and constructive part within the
party,’ he said in a letter sent to the press.

His resignation comes as the WP is girding itself for battle in the Hougang by-election….

Mr Sajeev is the fourth candidate to have left the party since last May’s polls. In February, the WP
expelled former Hougang MP Yaw Shin Leong, 35. That same month, former East Coast GRC
candidate Mohamed Fazli Talip, 30, quit, citing ‘personal reasons and work commitments’. His
GRC teammate, WP veteran Eric Tan, 56, resigned last year.
In a press statement, Mr Sajeev said he was dissatisfied with the way his party selected its cadres.” – ST

… one wonders why he went to the extent of making a press release to the MSM on this ‘internal party matter’ (in SL’s words).

And interesting timing too.

Bryan Ti  shares 

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Former Workers’ Party candidate quits

A candidate who stood under the Workers’ Party (WP) banner in last year’s general election has announced that he is resigning from the party.

Mr Sajeev Kamalasanan, 42, a former Nee Soon GRC candidate, e-mailed his resignation letter last night to WP secretary-general Low Thia Khiang and chairman Sylvia Lim. He cited his disappointment that WP had not made him a cadre despite his ‘substantial’ contributions.

‘I am disappointed that the party has not been able to formally recognise my contributions, and going forward, I see little way in me playing a meaningful and constructive part within the party,’ he said in a letter sent to the press.

His resignation comes as the WP is girding itself for battle in the Hougang by-election. But Mr Sajeev, who owns an interior design firm, told The Straits Times that it had nothing to do with the coming poll. He had planned in advance to time it one year after the 2011 general election, he said.

Mr Sajeev is the fourth candidate to have left the party since last May’s polls. In February, the WP expelled former Hougang MP Yaw Shin Leong, 35. That same month, former East Coast GRC candidate Mohamed Fazli Talip, 30, quit, citing ‘personal reasons and work commitments’. His GRC teammate, WP veteran Eric Tan, 56, resigned last year.

In a press statement, Mr Sajeev said he was dissatisfied with the way his party selected its cadres.

He said he joined the WP in 2006 but remained inactive until last year, when Ms Lim asked him to stand for election because a minority candidate was needed in Nee Soon GRC. The team scored 41.6 per cent against the People’s Action Party.

Mr Sajeev was later deployed to Serangoon to help at grassroots events and Ms Lim’s meet-the-people sessions.

He said: ‘While I never did expect any formal recognition for my contributions towards the party, I was disappointed to see most of the 2011 ex-candidates and ordinary members around me being nominated and given party cadreship quite easily following the general elections.’

When contacted last night, Ms Lim said she did not want to comment on the issue, saying: ‘This is an internal party matter.’

StraitsTimes Published on May 14, 2012

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