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Red Dot United gets approval for registration as political party, set to take part in coming GE

SINGAPORE — Red Dot United, a breakaway group from Progress Singapore Party (PSP), has been registered as a political party three weeks after submitting its application — paving the way for the 13th political party to be registered in Singapore to take part in the next General Election (GE) which will be held in the coming months.

Red Dot United, which has 12 members so far, is helmed by former Progress Singapore Party members Ravi Philemon, 52, and Michelle Lee, 43.

Red Dot United, which has 12 members so far, is helmed by former Progress Singapore Party members Ravi Philemon, 52, and Michelle Lee, 43.

SINGAPORE — Red Dot United, a breakaway group from Progress Singapore Party (PSP), has been registered as a political party three weeks after submitting its application — paving the way for the 13th political party to be registered in Singapore to take part in the next General Election (GE) which will be held in the coming months.

The application, which was submitted on May 26, was approved on Monday (June 15) by the Ministry of Home Affairs’ (MHA) Registry of Societies. On average, the registry’s processing time is about two months.

Red Dot United, which has 12 members so far, is helmed by former PSP members Ravi Philemon, 52, and Michelle Lee, 43. Apart from Mr Philemon and Ms Lee, two other members had joined after leaving PSP.

Mr Philemon had said previously that he would be writing to the registry to expedite the process, given the party’s intention to contest in the next GE.

In response to TODAY’s queries on Wednesday, MHA confirmed that the party has been officially registered. It did not comment on whether the formation of the party was expedited, nor the basis of it being expedited.

When contacted on Wednesday, Mr Philemon, who is Red Dot United’s secretary-general, thanked the MHA for acceding to the request to expedite the approval.

“I was happy that they gave it to us, that they were considerate. They considered that we were keen to contest in the coming election,” he said.

The party currently has three office holders: Mr Philemon, Ms Lee, who is the chairman, and Mr Chia Weng Lee, a 53-year-old business owner who is the party’s treasurer.

Mr Philemon said the party would release an official statement about the approval on Thursday or Friday.

On May 29, Mr Philemon and Ms Lee had first announced to the media via video conferencing platform Zoom that they would form a new political party.

The announcement came days after PSP secretary-general Tan Cheng Bock said that there have been people with “big egos” who joined PSP out of self-interest, and that he would “not feel sorry” if these people left the party.

Mr Philemon had resigned from PSP in May and Ms Lee, who was PSP’s vice-chairman, left the party in March.

At that time, Mr Philemon and Ms Lee were not certain if the party’s registration would go through in time for the next GE, with Ms Lee stating that they were “certainly not rushing” and “have a longer-term view”.

Mr Philemon had also said that Red Dot United will not be “centred on personalities” and its goal was to “build a political-social platform” and not just be “another political party”. He added that it will be focusing on engaging youths.

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