If public transport is an essential service like the police or fire-fighters, then it cannot at the same time be a profit-making enterprise. The Government cannot have it both ways.
In 1987, the state media prevented any alternative analyses of Operation Spectrum and, particularly, those which early and easily dismantled the government case – and I assure you there was a huge amount – from reaching the ears of Singaporeans. In 2012, we should not let this happen to us. Allow me to plead with you to form your own judgment of the bus drivers strike based on all the available information and not only on what the government determines is safe to publish. You may arrive at a very different conclusion than the one the government is so desirous of propagating.
As long as the PAP Government continues to rely on cheap foreign labour to maintain GDP growth, labour relations and worker discontent will worsen. Not only will workers be exploited, diplomatic relations with countries of the workers will also be adversely affected.
The SDP will work towards bringing our labour laws in accordance with international standards, allowing Singaporean workers to organise themselves free from the NTUC’s control. Free trade cannot exist when one side does not have the freedom to organise and bargain.
Singapore Democrats (link) 07 November 2012 Mr Lee Kuan Yew said on Sunday that public housing in Singapore “has to keep up with the rising aspirations of Singaporeans.” On this point, he is absolutely right. Unfortunately, the skyrocketing prices have left an entire generation of younger Singaporeans see their aspirations go up in smoke. This… Continue reading
Singapore Democrats (link) 05 November 2012 The SDP has proposed a new Non-Open Market, or NOM, scheme in public housing to help reduce prices of HDB flats. Under the scheme a segment of new HDB flats will be priced at cost minus the land “cost” that is currently factored into HDB prices. As a result,… Continue reading
Launch: Housing A Nation: Holistic Policies For Affordable Homes Date: 4 Nov 2012, Sunday Time: 2-5pm Venue: Diamond Room, Quality Hotel Singapore Democrats (link) 01 November 2012 The escalation of HDB prices over the last two decades and especially since the mid-2000s is cause for alarm. High public housing prices affect not only those looking… Continue reading
The changes to the cabinet and the introduction of the new ministries by the Prime Minister (PM) are accompanied by little useful information but much public relations puff. Statements like Singapore entering a “new phase of development”, the need to “strengthen our families”, and focusing on “building a cohesive and vibrant society” have been stock… Continue reading
First published on SDP website. By Dr Wong Wee Nam 16 July 2012 There are many aims of early education. The most important is to prepare the child for the school. For the lower income group the preparation must be adequate enough to bring him to the same starting line as the rest of the… Continue reading
First published on SDP website. By Dr Wong Wee Nam 09 July 2012 It is often said that education is a great leveller in society. Not only does it provide individuals with the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to participate effectively in society and in the economy, it also contributes to improving a person’s life… Continue reading