Friday, July 01, 2011

Chen Show Mao to retire from active law practice

Workers' Party Chen Show Mao has decided to retire from active law practice to fully concentrate on his new responsibilities as Members of Parliament for Aljunied GRC. His Facebook note titled "Forward" or "向 前" on his announcement is as such.

Forward

After much thought and consideration, I have decided to retire from active practice as a partner of the Davis Polk law firm with effect from July. It is quite clear to me that given my new responsibilities as MP I will not be able to continue practicing law the way I have in the last twenty years. Law is in my blood and no doubt it will be part of my life. Meanwhile, my retirement from the partnership will afford me more time for my family, to serve constituency and country, and to explore alternative work arrangements.

I wish to thank my partners for what I received over the years: their best efforts to aid my professional success and advancement, and the opportunity to use my best faculties to our common benefit. The same goes to our colleagues and clients. I have had many good years with the firm and leave with fond memories and many friendships.

On this new journey for Singapore, to everyone who has in some way extended to me encouragement, support and hope, you have my gratitude for reaffirmation. In many ways, this is as much our journey as it is my journey: let us forge our way forward for a better Singapore for all Singaporeans.

向 前

我将在七月从达维退任。于我而言,这是一个非常艰难的决定。法律是我生命中的一部分,无疑,也将继续在我人生中占有重要的分量。但考虑到作为国会议员所需要履行的职责,我深知自己无法再以过往二十年同樣方式继续从事法律事业。从律師事務所合伙人的位置上退下来,我将可以有更多的时间陪伴家人以及服务选民和国家,也有机会探索其他不一样的职业选择。

感谢这些年来在我职业道路上所有尽其所能助我一臂之力的达维合伙人,也谢谢他们让我有机会为大家的共同事业贡献自己最大的力量。同样的感谢我也想送给所有的同事和客户。在达维,我度过了太多美好的时光,所有回忆和友谊将常存于心。

我还要再次真挚地感激所有在我踏上这段新旅程的努力中给予鼓励、支持和希望的人们。
我深信我所开始的这段旅程也是我们大家共同的旅程 — 让我们为所有的新加坡人民,为一个更好的新加坡,一起向前!

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