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GE2020: PSP s Tan Cheng Bock recalls how Lee Kuan Yew shot down his wish to put Singaporeans first

Progress Singapore Party (PSP) chief Tan Cheng Bock may have been shot down by founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew but he s still standing his ground and touting his Singaporeans first approach. Dr Tan, who was formerly a member of the People s Action Party (PAP) and served as MP for Ayer Rajah SMC from 1980 to 2006, reminisced his days in Parliament during a PSP e-rally on July 6, recalling what he described as a difficult period . He had first floated the Singaporeans first idea in 1999 in the wake of the 1997 Asian financial crisis, but it was not well-received. I insisted that we should think Singaporeans first when getting jobs. We were in that state, when the professionals and the PMETs (professionals, managers, executives and technicians) were all losing their jobs to foreigners, Dr Tan said.


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