Peh follows his dream
The Straits Times
| Oct 20, 2001
By: Sharon Vasoo
JALAN Besar GRC MP Peh Chin Hua announced yesterday
that he is stepping down after 13 years, the first PAP member to
announce he will not contest the coming election.
Mr Peh, 53, said his growing business in China
required him to travel a great deal and he wanted to finish his
"It isn't fair to my residents and grassroots
leaders if I can't be around for them. I will definitely miss all
of them. They are like family to me," he said.
But it was time to move on, he told reporters
yesterday. He said he had been asking to step down since 1997.
In Parliament, his was the voice of the Chinese-speaking
conservative speaking out against foam parties, lax censorship of
movies and indiscipline in school.
Always colourful, always forceful and always
in Mandarin, he was targeted by critics who said he was out of touch.
The father of three said he looks forward
to spending more time with his family. "Being able to go back
to school is probably the happiest thing that has happened to me.
It's my life's dream."