Tribute to J B Jeyaretnam by Dr Chee Soon Juan on 1st anniversary

Dr Chee Soon Juan, Secretary General of the Singapore Democratic Party remembers the late J B Jeyaretnam on the first anniversary of his passing.

Meet the NSP Malay Bureau

September 23, 2010 by · 8 Comments
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Originally Posted at: The Online Citizen (thanks Zheng Xi and Kirsten for the edits)

Written by Ng E-Jay
22 Sept 2010

The recent announcement by the National Solidarity Party (NSP) to establish a Malay Bureau has been greeted with much interest from both the grassroots as well as the online community.

Last week, I took the opportunity to meet up with a few of NSP’s recently announced Malay candidates as well other CEC members to get their perspective on the newly launched Bureau, which currently comprises around 10 members.

One thing emerged clearly from our informal discussion – the NSP perceives an urgent need to address the political, economic and social impediments to Malay progress that currently exists in Singapore society. But they are quick to assert that NSP aspires to represent all races and creeds, not just the Malays.

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CSJ refutes LKY on race, politics and immigration policy

Dr Chee Soon Juan rebuts Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew who said that open political contest in Singapore would lead to raced-based politics and “our society will be ripped apart.”

Transcripts – New York Times/IHT interview Lee Kuan Yew

September 14, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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The following is the transcript of the interview Seth Mydans had with Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, for the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune. The interview was held on 1 September 2010.

Mr Lee:  “Thank you.  When you are coming to 87, you are not very happy..”

Q:  “Not.  Well you should be glad that you’ve gotten way past where most of us will get.”

Mr Lee:  “That is my trouble.  So, when is the last leaf falling?”

Q:  “Do you feel like that, do you feel like the leaves are coming off?”

Mr Lee:  “Well, yes.  I mean I can feel the gradual decline of energy and vitality and I mean generally every year when you know you are not on the same level as last year.  But that is life.”

Q:  “My mother used to say never get old.”

Mr Lee:  “Well, there you will try never to think yourself old.  I mean I keep fit, I swim, I cycle.”

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Who Owns Singapore?

September 14, 2010 by · 8 Comments
Filed under: Current Affairs and Politics, Dr Wong Wee Nam 

By Dr Wong Wee Nam
13 September 2010

“It is important to guarantee the people’s democratic rights and legitimate rights and interests. We must resolve the problem of excessive concentration of power, create conditions that allow people to criticise and supervise the government….”
Wen Jiabao Prime Minister of China in 2010

Singapore’s Builders

In 1819 Singapore had the good fortune of one man’s foresight. A man by the name of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles decided to acquire this swampy malaria-infested fishing village for the British Crown and began to lay plans to turn the insignificant island into a thriving trading centre. The plans called for the creation of a town, a system of preserving law and order, the development of free trade and the provision of education.

With this vision, Raffles laid down the embryo for the transformation of Singapore from a hiding place for pirates, a stopover for seafarers and a market place for traders into a more permanent society.

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Wayang between Sheng Siong and HDB continues!

September 13, 2010 by · 4 Comments
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The wayang between HDB and Sheng Siong continues.

Sheng Siong wants to move away from the wet market concept and HDB is putting up some form of token resistance because the Government is all too keenly aware of the political fallout as a result of the “hostile takeover” of wet markets by Sheng Siong.

But in so doing, both parties are delaying the process of re-opening the markets, stallholders are left without their ricebowls, and residents are greatly inconvenienced. One of the wet markets at Pasir Ris, for instance, have remained closed for months on end while the Wayang Kulit between HDB and Sheng Siong continue for the benefit of no one but their political masters (see CNA article below).

HDB and Sheng Siong should stop the wayang now and return us the wet markets which have until now served the interests of heartlanders and provided a valuable means of livelihood for stall owners.

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6.5 million (part two)

By the Singapore Democrats
08 September 2010

In Part 1, we talked about the dangers of the PAP’s reckless plan to jack up our population to 6.5 million. This is, as National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan puts it, because the PAP is “concerned about the future of Singapore”. Yes, and George Bush and Saddam Hussein were best friends.

Make no mistake, the PAP is doing this for its own sake, not Singapore’s. Here’s why. The party can cling to power only by ensuring that the GDP continues to grow. A decline in our economy would not allow the autocrats to continue peddling the propaganda that Singaporeans must sacrifice their political rights for economic grwoth.

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NSP to Government: Be responsible and accountable please

September 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Press Release by National Solidarity Party dated 08 September 2010

1. Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has finally conceded what the National Solidarity Party (NSP) has been saying all along: that the government’s liberal immigration policy was poorly thought out, and has had an adverse impact on housing plans. In his comments reported by The Straits Times on 7 September 2010, SM Goh offers the implausible excuse that the government was “caught by surprise”.

2. Given that the government sets quotas on the number of foreign workers to be let in to the country every year, it is ridiculous for the government to claim that it was caught flat footed by a sudden surge in immigrants.

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NSP recommends affordable short-term solutions to flash flood

September 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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It has flooded again today. NSP empathizes with Singaporeans who have been suffering from these floods which seemingly has become a norm nowadays.

Following our recent call for the government to commission a Committee of Inquiry to look into the recently frequent flash floods, the National Solidarity Party (NSP) has researched into possible short-term solutions to alleviate the problem of flooding temporarily for those who are affected. NSP recommends a combination of three affordable and practical measures that the government can implement quickly as a short-term solution to minimise the threats from future flash floods.

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Floods at Shenton Way today

September 8, 2010 by · 5 Comments
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08 September 2010

There have been floods at Shenton Way this morning. This is the umpteenth time this year flooding has happened in the city area and the outskirts as a result of heavy rain.

Clearly the Marina Barrage has not been effective at all in preventing flooding. If anything, flooding has actually increased dramatically after it was put in operation. calls for immediate ACCOUNTABILITY on the part of the PAP Government. We need an explanation why flooding is happening so frequently and what the authorities are going to do about it.

Since the first floods struck the Orchard Road area a few months back, the government has had ample time to prepare and make adjustments to their monitoring of the drainage system. Clearly, all their excuses and lame explanations have fallen flat. The problem is not with blocked culverts or debris, but with the ENTIRE drainage system itself, which has failed Singaporeans.

Accountability, please. NOW.

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