鉴于适逢当时选举的气氛正在炙热中，报馆记者正在四处寻找有关新闻，为此，我们决定双方的见面不适宜在公开场合，我们决定在副秘书长陈两裕（John Tan Liang Joo）家里作为会面地点。
当我们于2011年在陈两裕（John Tan Liang Joo）见面。双方并没有因为初始见面那种尴尬的局面，而是直接进入了坦诚和热情的讨论。我们建议詹时中先生回到新加坡民主党担任类似于资政的领导人带领一支团队参加集选区的竞选。我们的讨论并没有立即达致决议，各方提出要回去考虑有关的问题。
接下来的会谈地点是在京皇酒店（Hotel Royal）的三轮车咖啡厅（Trishaw Coffeehouse）进行。在这几天里，徐顺全和詹时中不再忌讳于在公共场所的会面了。
Wong Wee Nam: “A near-historic moment”
In his chapter in the book Teacher, Thinker, Rebel, Why? Portraits of Chee Soon Juan, Dr Wong Wee Nam recounted his effort to bring Mr Chiam See Tong back into the SDP fold:
Some time towards the end of 2010, Mr Chiam See Tong was having some problem in the Singapore Democratic Alliance of which he was Chairman. The differences finally reached a stage when he had to leave the SDA and withdraw his Singapore People’s Party from the Alliance.
On 20 December 2010, at the Face-to-Face Forum organised by The Online Citizen, Mr Chiam met me and said he wanted to talk to me. He invited me to his SPP Christmas party and later on to have coffee at his residence. At his house he revealed he intended to contest a GRC and wanted me to consider joining his team. I told him I had a better idea and invited him, his wife, Lina, and my friend, Bentley Tan, to my house a week later to listen to my proposal.
At that meeting, we explored how we could help Mr Chiam leave a lasting legacy. With his problems with the SDA,
all of us acknowledged that the public perception of Mr Chiam as a one-man show needed to be addressed. We wanted the public to remember Mr Chiam as the leader he was when he fought his first political battles and built SDP into a potent force, not someone who could not hold the SDA together. He needed to show Singapore he was magnanimous and had big ideas.
Bentley and I thought that
the best organized and most resilient party at that moment was the SDP. They had a very dedicated and focused team, strong ideological backbone and intellectual muscle, and good resources. From what we sensed, they were not averse to working with Mr Chiam. In their annual dinner, their thirtieth anniversary magazine and at rallies, Mr Chiam was always acknowledged as the founder. In their video presentation about the party, that fact was always emphasised.
Both of us felt that
if Mr Chiam rejoined the SDP to contest the GRC it would be a momentous and historic moment. He would be like a patriarch returning home to his roots. It would be the ultimate symbol of opposition unity. There would also be sense of reconciliation and closure. We believed the reaction from the public would be positive.
We assured him we could get Soon Juan to accept the idea. The Chiams agreed to an informal meeting with Soon Juan to see how they could work the thing out. I contacted Soon Juan and gave him a summary of my proposal. He agreed readily to meet up with the Chiams.
As election fever was in the air, with reporters snooping around, we decided the meeting should not be in public and chose the then Assistant Secretary-General John Tan Liang Joo’s house as the venue.
When we met at John’s house in January, the initial awkwardness gave way to a frank and cordial discussion. We proposed that Mr Chiam return to SDP as a mentor-like leader to lead a team to contest a GRC. No decision was reached that night and everyone was asked to return home and think about it.
A subsequent meeting was held at Trishaw Coffeehouse in Hotel Royal.
In a matter of days, Chee and Chiam no longer had any reservations about meeting in public. Mr Chiam suggested this place because it was nostalgic as his old SDP had used it for their CEC meetings and made many important decisions there.
That night again no firm conclusion was reached.
Two weeks later, there was another meeting at the coffeehouse.
Mr Chiam finally said he was keen to go with the proposal to contest the next GE under the SDP. Dr Chee had no objection.