Singapore Democratic Party: Unyielding leadership

July 17, 2009 by
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By the Singapore Democrats
16 July 2009

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It cannot be denied that the SDP attracts the brunt of the PAP’s machinations. We do not boast about this nor do we see it as a shame. It is reality – reality that comes with the fact that we do not accept the existing political system and insist on reforming it.

We have been criticised for being confrontational. Again, we do not deny this. But we confront the PAP not with violence but with reason and with the truth. And the truth is that the continued denial of democratic freedoms to Singaporeans is harming our nation.

Resisting immediate gratification

Admittedly, it is easier to keep our heads down and go with the political flow. But times such as these call for leadership – effective and bold leadership.

Effective leadership means being able to look beyond the immediate horizon. As the masses march towards the edge of the cliff, lulled and silenced by the PAP, we must sound the alarm – loudly and persistently. We must alert our fellowing citizens of the approaching danger.

Effective and bold leadership also means that we must resist the temptation of immediate gratification. We cannot exclusively focus on contesting the elections and hope to win a seat or two against a system controlled by the PAP, one that Mr Lee Hsien Loong admits to fixing his opponents and buying support.

Without a reform of the electoral process, the opposition will be forever consigned to contesting in unwinnable elections – much like kittens chasing their own tails. We must store up for the future and not indulge in short-term but temporal gains.

Participate or not

But this does not be that the Singapore Democrats will not take part in the coming elections. We are gearing up to take on the PAP at the ballot box. In fact, we pledge to run a campaign that will make our supporters proud.

But calling for reform also means that the PAP will do whatever it can to destroy our efforts. One obvious way that the PAP can do this is to black out on news about the Singapore Democrats. It will report unfair and untrue criticisms of the party and refuse us our right of reply.

This, however, is a signal for the opposition to rise to the challenge, not a deterrent to submit to the repression.

Again, we do not complain. We state it as a matter of fact that this is what we have to fight against. And fight against it we will.

With the advent of the Internet, we have an opportunity to overcome the hurdle of media-control in Singapore. But the reach of the Internet is miniscule compared to the mainstream press. The PAP still has a mountain of an advantage.

We must strive to overcome this obstacle and in so doing continue to provide honest and unyielding leadership.

Comments

6 Comments on Singapore Democratic Party: Unyielding leadership

  1. ahkong on Fri, 17th Jul 2009 8:47 am
  2. The SDP are like the rebel forces outside of the Forbidden City challenging the rule of the emperor Lee Kuan Yew. It is a hopeless fight against the strongly reinforced Forbidden City. The emperor is merciless, ruthless and unforgiving towards the rebel forces and will use the whole defence systems against them. Can we still assume we have democracy? Don’t dream better wake up and face the facts.

  3. Fight with your brains! on Fri, 17th Jul 2009 12:01 pm
  4. “We cannot exclusively focus on contesting the elections and hope to win a seat or two against a system controlled by the PAP”.

    When the PAP won 100% of the seats from 1968-1980, it was also deemed “unwinnable” for the oppositions–until JBJ proved everyone wrong. Now with the GRC concept, the SDP is saying the same thing calling it “unwinnable”! That the SDP fared poorly in the 2001 and 2006 elections had little to do with the GRC concept. Even in single seats, the SDP candidates were also among the worst performers! It was their infighting that made the voters lose confidence in them.

    You know jolly well that the mainstream media will seize every opportunity to demonise you. Yet you choose to fall into the trap by constantly breaking the laws and then tried to explain yourself through the internet which you yourself also admitted that ” the reach of the Internet is miniscule compared to the mainstream press. The PAP still has a mountain of an advantage”. And you continue to give them the advantage!

    Don’t keep saying it is “unwinnable”. The WP almost won the Eunos GRC in 1988 and they know that with propoer strategies, capturing a GRC is not beyond hope. One thing they know for sure—by constantly breaking the law and get demonsied by the media is not only going to make things worse but also jeopardise the winning chances of other parties!

    Don’t get me wrong. I am also an SDP supporter but it is getting stressful when the party you support continued their tried and tested and failed methods and not making any breakthroughs! …and continued to proclaim that this is a fight for democracy!

    Continue your fight, yes, but don’t just fight with your guts. Fight with your brains as well, please!!!

  5. Dr Syed Alwi on Sat, 18th Jul 2009 12:10 am
  6. Carry on the good work SDP ! Singaporeans are just a bunch of selfish and timid people. They want change but they are NOT prepared to make the necessary sacrifices.

    Whats the use of a couple of seats in Parliament when all you can do is just ask a few questions here and there ? We do not neeed such MP’s. The online community like TOC, Wayang Party Club etc are already doing a wonderful job of questioning the Government.

    What we need are more Chee Soon Juans ! What Singaporeans do not want to face is that politics is a deadly serious business. You have to make great sacrifices if you want change. But Singaporeans are a selfish lot. And thats the reality. They sit down in coffee-shops and complain about the PAP endlessly. But yet – they are not prepared to make the necessary sacrifices in order for change to happen. They deserve the PAP Government.

    The WP will pay a very high price in the long run. They have taken the PAP bait and now they cannot get away from it !

    Perhaps the SDP should capitalise on Hong-Lim Park’s Speaker’s Corner.

    Regards
    Dr Syed Alwi

  7. tewniaseng on Sat, 18th Jul 2009 10:14 pm
  8. At least SDP’s website lives up to our expectation. The worst is that of WP and SDA. Pap’s website, no point reading , waste our time. !!!!

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