So Vincent Wijeysingha has decided to quit SDP to be a full-time gay activist. While the party put on a brave face, saying it’s a loss for SDP but a gain for civil society, the truth is that it’s just a loss for SDP– and a BIG one at that.
The man was a great debater with an illustrious family name, a charming personality, charismatic and persuasive. In short, he was everything a politician should be– except married with two kids.
Vincent’s loss to SDP will be tragic. While this does not mark the end of SDP, it certainly marks a grave setback for the party.
The party now reverts to its one-man show under Dr Chee. The rest of the party ‘leadership’– John Tan, Jufrie, Gandhi, etc– are tired old warhorses with no hope of getting elected.
Vincent brought with him much energy, optimism and hope for the party. He was always full of ideas, not just criticisms. He was a new lease of life for the party.
And now he’s gone.