The SDP is the most all-rounded opposition party in Singapore, with a record of participation in international events hosted by world-renowned human rights organizations, the most comprehensive and well-researched policy papers on all major socio-economic issues faced by Singaporeans, as well as the most publicized record of groundwork activities all year round. The SDP is also the party most active in social media and reaching out to the younger generation through talks, forums, and outreach programmes.
Women do not have unfettered right to alimony. Such a notion is barbaric and demeaning to men, and allows for gender inequality to become entrenched. An unfettered right to alimony is in fact the hallmark of a patriarchal and chauvinistic society which regards men as superior in ability to women and thus responsible for the well-being of women.
Dr Ng Eng Hen’s suggestions however seem patronizing given the highly unequal playing field that currently exists. We should not be asking for handouts which gloss over fundamental issues of workplace discrimination and having to enter the workforce later which puts males at a disadvantage compared to foreigners.
My reaction to AWARE’s initial statement was also negative. I felt that AWARE had jumped the gun, and had trotted out overly negative criticism without knowing the exact details of the Defence Minister’s proposals. There was nothing in Dr Ng Eng Hen’s remarks that he intended to give NSmen fundamental benefits which would place them in an advantageous position relative to women.
Karpal Singh was both a colourful and controversial political figure, well known for his fiery words and his willingness to confront his opponents. For this, the Malaysian government suspended him from Parliament numerous times, and even charged him for sedition as well as subjecting him to ISA detention.
In Singapore, we have low wages but a high cost of living. As a result the lower income Singaporeans are locked in a daily struggle for survival, and middle income Singaporeans find retiring comfortably a great challenge. The high cost of living is due to escalating property prices and rentals which force businesses to raise prices in tandem. Low wages are due to artificial wage suppression by massive foreign influx.
The opposition must build itself up and continue to provide a credible alternative to the people. Right now, it is still too early to speak of coalition politics. But one day, the time might come to consider that. The opposition and the people must make it clear that the only way the PAP can maintain its hold on power is if it changes the way it approaches key national issues.
The most obvious symptom of the lack of foresight of Lee Hsien Loong’s administration is the overcrowding that has plagued Singapore and sky high property prices — both of which could have been mitigated or even prevented had the government been endowed with good foresight to anticipate challenges and prepare for them in advance.
The logo of a publicly recognized organization should not be so abstract that it takes an expert to comprehend it. It should be understandable to the masses. If the masses see it as lazy, mediocre, and lacking in substances, then the artist who designed it has failed in his mission.
When people are feeling the pain from never-ending price increases and a cost of living that not only seems to be going up all the time, but going up at an alarming rate, the last thing they need to see is PAP MPs bragging out enjoying cheap meals at coffeeshops and hawker centres. This kind of bragging only compounds the frustration people have with the rising cost of living and it sets the politicians even further apart from the people.