As a legacy to his “champion of the underdog” reputation, opposition legend Chiam See Tong has applied to the Registry of Societies to set up a foundation with the aim of providing financial assistance to those seek to pursue their goals in life, but have slipped through the cracks of the current aid systems.
The 81-year-old is expected to receive a reply on his application status next month, after he submitted his application in November last year.
The foundation is expected to be named after Mr Chiam himself.
Another Singapore legend, former national swimmer Ang Peng Siong, is expected to sit as chariman on the foundation’s board of governors.
Mr Chiam was coached by Peng Siong’s father, Mr Ang Teck Bee, during his time at Anglo-Chinese School, where he swam competitively.
Former Singapore Environment Council CEO Jose Raymond is expected to serve as deputy chairman.
Mr Raymond has publicly shown his appreciation for Mr Chiam, saying on Facebook that Mr Chiam had provided financial help to his family during the 1980s, which allowed them to purchase a HDB flat.
Mr Chiam is Singapore’s longest serving opposition MP in a SMC, having served Potong Pasir residents from 1984 to 2011.