Ho Puay Choo, 1st Opposition MP Hoe Puay Choo handing over $21 to Mdm Mok Swee Ho, 56, one of the fire victims of Upper Chin Chew Street on 3 March, 1961. Hoe Puay Choo (extreme left) and Chan Choy Siong (next to Hoe) with Lady Macmillian and Felice Leon- Soh. on 1 February, 1958.BackgroundHer family was oppressed in China. She encountered much hardship and in 1955,joined the Peoples Action Party (PAP). Her role was to organize activities through thePAP Womens Section (1955-1957).In October 1957, she was elected to Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the PAP ata Special Party Conference. She stood for City Council Elections in 1957 and herelection campaign trail took her to Kampong Glam.In 1959, she participated in the Legislative Assembly General Elections and was electedinto office as a Member of Legislative Assembly for Bras Basah. In 1961, Ong EngGuan achieved victory in the Hong Lim By-election and for some, it showed that thepolitical landscape was changing.
Dissatisfied with terms on Merger, Ho resigned from PAP Central Executive Committee(CEC) and Peoples Action Party (PAP) in 1962.In an interview with the National Archives of SIngapore, Ho spoke on her reaction to thePrime Ministers remarks on her resignation and the reasons for her unsuccessfulapplications to join the Barisan Sosialis. She also spoke on how she twice led the kin ofpolitical detainees (those arrested during Operation Coldstore) on peaceful petition toseek detainees release.Ho retired from politics in 1963.ReferencesNational Archives of Singapore (NAS). Synopsis of interview with Ho Puay Choo.Accession No: 000801. (Access to recording/transcript requires written permission frominterviewee)Images from NAS PT2001, 16341 and heresthenews.blogspot.com27 January 2013
Selected SourcesThe Straits Times, 5 July 1962, Page 8
The Straits Times, 29 June 1963, Page 1Image from heresthenews.blogspot.com