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No political intentions: New Nation

No political intentions: New Nation

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The Rotary Club is taking the same stance as New Nation, which aims to be apolitical.

By Teo Chew Lang

The Straits Times article on May 29, 2012 about how The Rotary Club wants to be apolitical.

The Rotary Club of Singapore raised eyebrows last week when it said it would raise $100,000 to support a toilet-building scheme spearheaded by PAP’s Desmond Choo.

The timing of that announcement, made during the heat of the Hougang by-election campaign, led some to question if there was any ulterior motive involved.

However, the club’s president, Kumar Tapan Rao, has since publicly dismissed the suggestion that pledging the $100,000 support was linked to political intentions.

He said, according to an article in The Straits Times on May 29, 2012: “The Rotary Club is not making any donation to any political party. We are raising funds for a project to help the elderly in Singapore.”

Tapan Rao also added that the political dimension had not crossed his mind, and he had never met Desmond Choo before.

“At the end of the day, if we can get a new toilet for one old lady, I am honoured and gratified,” he said.

This stand is coincidentally and uncannily similar to the one taken by New Nation.

New Nation editor, Belmont Lay, said: “New Nation is not making any donation to any political party. We are not even raising funds for any project.”

He also added: “The political dimension had never really crossed my mind, primarily because, all the editors are broke. And inflation is already too high. If I had $100,000, I would pay off my student loan.”

Lay also said it was never in his intention to whack any party and he had never met Desmond Choo before.

“At the end of the day, if we can get some LOLs for just one old lady who reads us, I am honoured and gratified,” Lay said, not sarcastically.