PE2017: NMP Chia Yong Yong of “CPF is Not Your Money” Fame Joins Halimah Yacob’s Campaign Team

Nominated MP Chia Yong Yong has joined former PAP MP Halimah Yacob’s presidential election campaign team.

Introducing members of her campaign team today, presidential hopeful Halimah Yacob said they are good friends who volunteered to help and are from different segments of society.

Singapore’s first wheelchair-bound parliamentarian, Chia shot to fame, or notoriety rather, for her speech in parliament on CPF money.

Since then, she hasn’t been able to shake off “CPF is not your money MP” label.

Even former NMP and staunch PAP supporter Calvin Cheng had this to say:

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Well, Chia never actually said those “CPF is not your money” words.

Rather, in her speech opposing giving CPF members (i.e all of us Singaporeans) greater flexibility of choice in the use of CPF savings, during the Budget Debate in March 2015, she said:

“We have heard proponents who say that the CPF monies is theirs. ‘It’s our money, it’s in our account, it’s our retirement money. I want it out, I will spend it anyway we want.” Fine. Is it our money? Our CPF savings are enhanced and forced CPF savings which are accumulated through our own deferred consumption, through co-payment by our employers and through top-ups from public funds. Is it really my private money? Do I have the right to spend it the way I would spend my own salary? I’m not entirely sure…”

PM Lee Hsien Loong called Chia’s speech “excellent”

But her words sparked anger among Singaporeans, and Minister Tan Chuan-Jin had to reassure the populace a year later that CPF is our money.

Chia is possibly the public’s most recognisable face among Mdm Halimah’s presidential election campaign team.

Other campaign members include CEO of Sheng Siong supermarket chain Lim Hock Chee, and CEO of Ain Society Haji Yusof Ismail.

She has kicked off her campaign with the slogan “Do Good, Do Togther”.



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