There has been a lot of Internet chatter on Eric Tan’s very public resignation from the WP following the party’s decision not to appoint him as one of the WP’s NCMPs.
There is one strand of criticism that makes him out to be a self-centred egoist, putting self before party.
I know Eric. He is a meek, mild and gentle man with steely determination. He is not into doing things for “glory” or publicity. He became a member of WP when it was not a fashionable thing to do.
When the rest of the WP 2006 East Coast election team went AWOL, he continued working the ground quietly. Words like “betrayed” do not come naturally to him.
He is also not given to doing impulsive or petulant things. He is a rational man as befits an engineer and senior bank executive. He is not someone who uses the word “betrayed” lightly, or who resigns publicly in a huff because he didn’t get his way. Neither does he do anger unless provoked very badly.
So even though I have not tried to find out more from him about his resignation, I know enough abt him to know that things must have been said or done to make him
– say he felt “betrayed”,
– say that the decision not to give him the NCMP post was “dropped like a bomb on my lap“, and
– resign publicly on “principle”.
What these are, I do not know and I’d rather not speculate. But others have speculated on the Internet that he was “played out”. The remarks of “betrayed” and “dropped like a bomb on my lap“, could reasonably be taken as evidence supporting this view.
Let’s salute him for the part he has played in WP’s breakthrough and leave it at that. And be sorry that a good man has left politics.