Dr Vincent Wijeysingha’s speech at SDP’s “It’s About You” rally

My friends,

It is an honour to have the opportunity to address you again, my fellow Singaporeans, who share with me a love and a concern for the future of our country.

You know, I have lived in many places. And everywhere I went, I always came home. Home to our familiar Singlish. Home to mee pok, satay, prata. Home to MacRitchie Reservoir and the East Coast. The beautiful shophouses of Joo Chiat, the grand buildings on St Andrew’s Road. Home to my people. Those of you who have been abroad like I have will know the constant yearning to come home.

But home has stopped feeling like home. For all the PAP accusations that Singaporeans treat our country like a hotel, it is they who have turned us out of our home and then rented it back to us as tenants.

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Dr Wong Wee Nam’s rally speech at SDP’s “It’s About You” rally

各位亲爱的国民, 各位亲爱的朋有, 你们好!

小弟今晚能在这大会跟大家见面,真的感觉到很荣幸.

首先小弟要向大家声明我诚挚的感谢

Thank you everyone for spending your precious Saturday evening here. I am very honoured. Also, thank you SDP for inviting me here to speak.

今天能有怎么多的人到此,这显示出,我们的国民,对国事不会是莫不关心的. 你们都有一颗忧国忧民的爱心。

小弟相信大家不只担忧我们现在的处境 , 你们也同时关心子孙的未来

I know deep down in your hearts, you feel that something is not going right in our country.

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ST forum letter by Gandhi Ambalam: Chee far from politically bankrupt

November 22, 2010 by · 2 Comments
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Source: ST Forum Page, 22 Nov 2010.

MR LIANG Tung-ping has written an egregiously uninformed piece about the political situation in Singapore (‘An opposition that does itself no favours'; Nov 10).

He has made specific references to the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), all of which are unsubstantiated.

The writer accuses SDP secretary-general Chee Soon Juan of resorting to ‘rumour-mongering in order to achieve his political agenda’. He adds: ‘Abandoned by his own comrades and the people of Singapore, Dr Chee is now politically bankrupt.’

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Parties discuss election issues at political dialogue

Singapore Democrats, 21 Nov 2010

The Singapore Democrats spent an engaging Friday evening at a Political Dialogue organised by the National University of Singapore Society (NUSS), the alumni association of the NUS.

The event brought together the various political parties to discuss the topic “Fresh Challenges & The New Political Playing Field”. The speakers included Dr Chee Soon Juan, Nominated MP Mr Calvin Cheng, PAP’s Mr Christopher De Souza, Reform Party’s Mr Kenneth Jeyaretnam, Mrs Lina Chiam from the Singapore People’s Party and Ms Sylvia Lim of the Workers’ Party (WP).

The closed door forum was attended by more than 400 people. It was open only to NUSS members and invited guests. In attendance from the SDP were Ms Chee Siok Chin, Mr Jufrie Mahmood, Dr Vincent Wijeysingha and Mr Jarrod Luo.

NMP Calvin Cheng talked about the need for parties to pay attention to the young voters at the next elections. He pointed out that youths made up an interesting and significant demographic in the electorate and that they have different needs from the generation of their parents and grandparents. And what about the “New Political Playing Field”? There isn’t any, he pointed out tersely.

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Rise in gang-related violence indicative of underlying social tensions

November 15, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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Written by Ng E-Jay
12 November 2010

As readers know, there has been an alarming increase in gang-related violence recently.

On 9 Nov, it was reported that 16 people had been brutally slashed at Bukit Panjang allegedly by the 369 gang, and early last week, a young man by the name of Darren Ng had been killed in gang-related violence.

Most shockingly, some of the youths involved have acted continued to act defiantly. Some of Darren Ng’s friends were caught on video harassing mainstream media reporters at Darren’s wake. The police have also arrested a dozen other gang members who turned up in force at the subordinate courts to show solidarity for their comrades.

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SDP: Sound policies, impressive candidates for GE

Singapore Democrats, 14 Nov 2010

It’s official. The Singapore Democrats now have a viable and realistic economic programme on which to campaign in the coming general elections. Entitled It’s About You, the programme contrasts starkly between the SDP’s and PAP’s economic policies.

The former emphasizes building up a more equal society where everyone, not just the wealthy, get to enjoy the fruits of their labour. The PAP’s approach continues to focus on the superrich, causing inflationary pressures while keeping wages low. Such an elitist system is the cause of the crippling income inequalty in Singapore.

It’s About You was launched yesterday at the SDP’s second pre-election rally. Central Executive Committee members got up on stage to sing Majulah Singapura during the opening ceremony and to recite the national pledge. Party Chairman Gandhi Ambalam then introduced the programe and unveiled the magazine.

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James Gomez’s speech at SDP rally on Saturday 13 Nov 2010

Singapore’s Working Poor

Speech delivered at SDP`s pre-election rally on 13 Nov 2010 at Hong Lim Park.

Fellow Singaporeans, friends, ladies and gentlemen.

Today we are here to launch SDP’s Economic Programme – It’s About YOU.

I am so happy to see so many of you here today. This clearly shows that we can effectively use new media to reach out directly to you. The power of internet and social media has given us this opportunity. So, thank you for being here.

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Dr James Gomez joins SDP

November 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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(CNA, 13 Nov 2010) SINGAPORE: The opposition Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) unveiled two new ordinary members at a rally at the Speakers’ Corner at Hong Lim Park on Saturday.

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Smear campaign on SDP jumps to full swing: Elections must be really close …

You know the elections are not far away when the media start their shenanigans against the Singapore Democrats. Two days ago, the Straits Times published an article by one Mr Liang Tung-ping in which the writer disparaged the SDP while ascribing Singapore’s success – a “near perfect society” in Mr Liang’s words – to the PAP (see report below).

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SDP: Because we stand for something

Singapore Democrats

Exactly who is the opposition in Singapore? What does it stand for and where does it want to take the country? There has been much criticism about Singapore’s opposition not standing for anything except that we are not the PAP.

Being opposed to the ruling party itself signals something; the fact that the current system is undemocratic opposition parties are, by default, of the stance that a democratic system must be instituted.

Beyond this, however, the electorate has little idea of what the opposition as a whole want for Singapore. Part of the problem stems from the fact that the media are controlled by the ruling regime.

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