Published by Lim Swee Lian Sylvia of 216G Syed Alwi Rd #2-03, Singapore.
May 14, 2011
Leaving Temasek Polytechnic
I have resigned from Temasek Polytechnic. The text of the media release is here.
RESIGNATION FROM TEMASEK POLYTECHNIC
This is to confirm that I have, on 13 May 2011, tendered my resignation from my position at Temasek Polytechnic, after more than twelve years of service.
The move is prompted by what I anticipate to be an increased workload after being elected as part of the Workers' Party team for Aljunied GRC in General Elections 2011.
My role at the Polytechnic included teaching full-time and part-time students, as well as co-ordinating continuing education initiatives for adult learners undertaken by the Polytechnic's School of Business. To fulfill these responsibilities well would require sufficient time, focus and dedication.
Already in the last 5 years as Non-Constituency Member of Parliament, working hours have been spent on Parliamentary activities such as sittings and the occasional overseas trip. While the Polytechnic management has supported these national platforms, I foresee that the years ahead as an elected Member will be even more demanding.
After due consideration, I have concluded that it would not be fair to the Polytechnic management, colleagues and students for me to continue in my post at Temasek Polytechnic as an elected MP. I will henceforth explore other career options.
This decision to leave Temasek Polytechnic was arrived at with decidedly mixed feelings, as I have enjoyed my work and colleagues there tremendously. I would like to record my sincere thanks to the Polytechnic management and colleagues for their kind understanding and friendship all these years.
I am Chairman of the Workers' Party. I also love wine, music and sports, in that order:-
Wine was introduced to me by my hostel mates in London, as there was easy access to Italian restaurants; when I returned home, I simply bonded with my father who was way ahead in wine pursuits. Music, singing in particular, I indulged in from young, but when I turned 30 I decided I had to become schooled in reading Western notes rather than only relying on the Chinese method of numbering. I belatedly studied Music Theory and Classical Singing from 1995, and managed to pass ABRSM Grade 8 in both. However, I failed twice to get a singing Diploma; my voice was not ripe and trained enough. As for sports, I used to take part in amateur running competitions in the 1980s and 1990s, but a series of injuries has required me to scale back a lot...These days, a moderate gym workout of about 40 mins is more appropriate. However, I do live vicariously in Olympic athletes and swimmers.