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Former Presidential candidate and leader of the now-defunct Singaporeans First Party, Tan Jee Say, is looking for a party to join.

His heart is set on his former party, the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP). 

As a political newbie, Tan first joined the SDP in 2011. He was part of the team that contested and lost at Holland-Bukit Timah GRC.

This is what Tan had to say:

Singapore needs a strong opposition to check the government and provide an alternative voice for the people.

In this light, I initiated contact with Dr. Chee & told him that I would like to rejoin SDP because firstly, the values of SDP reflect the values and beliefs I champion for Singaporeans.

Secondly, SDP is a great party with dynamic leadership. Over the years, I have seen the SDP grow from strength to strength. Its alternative voice is what Singaporeans need. It will be my pleasure to work with them again for the people.

Tan comes with impressive credentials and experience. However, with it being this close to Nomination Day, Dr Chee and the SDP have possibly settled on their slate of candidates. These new candidates come with impressive credentials themselves.

Hence, in the name of opposition unity, Tan may have to contend with a supporting role. 

 

The dust has barely settled on PAP's Ivan Lim fiasco and now they are faced with another setback.

Thanks to a sharp-eyed netizen and former colleague of PAP candidate, Ng Ling Ling, now we know that she did not set-up the Social Service Training Institute (SSTI).

According to the netizen, Richard Giam, SSTI was founded by Ms Tan Bee Heong. In his post, Giam tagged both Tan and Gerard Ee, the former President of the National Council of Social Service (NCSS), and urged them to verify the claims.

 

 

Ee later confirmed Giam's assertions. He however opined that Ng may have made a genuine freudian slip.

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Political activist and commentator, Andrew Loh, disgareed with Ee that it was a mere Freudian slip. For Loh, it is unacceptable for someone running for political office to embellish her resume.   

 
 

Nomination Day hasn't even started and the PAP has already had to deal with two setbacks from their new candidates.

They will be distracted trying to put out these fires. 

The PAP may have COVID-19 on their side but the opposition has brave people who are looking out for them.

Will PAP finally relinquish parliamentary majority.

Noted human rights lawyer and former politician, M Ravi, has issued a challenge at the High Court on the constitutionality of calling for a General Election (GE) with the current health concerns and restrictions around COVID-19.

Ravi filed the challenge on behalf of Daniel De Costa, a Singaporean.

According to Ravi, the calling of the election was "in breach of the right to free and fair elections under the current circumstances".

The hearing will take place on 29th June, a day before Nomination Day.

Elaborating further on the case, Ravi lamented that "Singaporeans do not enjoy the right to vote as a basic right, which is why my client is raising this challenge, apart from the fact that this election is being held in the midst of a pandemic."

While he is not contesting the elections this time around, Ravi is certainly making his presence felt by the PAP.

The PAP will have its hands full on preparing for the GE and Nomination Day. The hearing is surely an unwelcome distraction for them.

He may not challenge for political office. However, with his integrity and courage, he is better placed than most PAP candidates to speak up for, and protect, the interest of Singaporeans.

 

 

If you don't believe that the election (GE) season is upon us, get this - it's the first day of Phase 2 and Dr Tan Wu Meng, a PAP MP for Jurong GRC, has published an article outlining how Singh supports the seemingly pro-Malaysia playwright and critic, Alfian Sa'at.

The title was short and abrupt - "Mr Pritam Singh supports Alfian Saat". The content painted Alfian as a Malaysian sympathiser and citizen-wannabe whose criticism of Singapore bordered on treachery.

It was a feeble attempt at warning Singh for his public support of Alfian.

This man grew up in Singapore. Singapore gave him his education and he earns a living here. An education and a living that is denied to many minorities in the region. And he constantly runs down Singapore, and says he would love to become a Malaysian, and that there is nothing wrong in accepting the  Bumiputera policies here. And takes Malaysia’s side , when there are tensions between Malaysia and Singapore.

Mr Singh may not have read all these things that Alfian has said.

I suggest he read them carefully, and then tell us if he still thinks Alfian is a “loving critic” of Singapore

If he does, perhaps Mr Singh considers himself a “loving critic” of Singapore too?

Pritam has chosen a dignified response - not responding to the baiting with fire. He merely referred to Alfian as a loving critic and a son of Singapore.

Unsruprisingly, Alfian was not as magnimous in his rebuttal of Tan's accusations.

 

In his defence, Alfian remarked:

Growing up in Singapore, I often observed how a form of Singaporean nationalism was being constructed through the othering of the countries around us.
 
I see patriotism as love for one's country. But this kind of nationalism was built on a sense of superiority, that at times went close to contempt and hatred for our neighbouring countries.
 
So over the years, I have made comments--not just on Facebook, but also on forums and interviews--where I would try to offer alternative--meaning positive--meaning sometimes even rhapsodic--views of Malaysia.
 
Alfian expressed his shock that Tan and the PAP would choose such a roundabout way of of attacking Pritam Singh and his party. 
 
This tactic may yet backfire on the PAP. 
 
If Tan had used the same effort to speak up for Singaporeans in Parliament, he would have been a good MP.
 
Will Tan be fielded in Jurong GRC helmed by everyon's favourite - Tharman Shanmugaratnam? Or was this the begining of the end for Tan - will he even contest in this GE?
 
  

Ravi Philemon has resigned from Dr Tan Cheng Bock's Progress Singapore Party (PSP). 

In a Facebook post last night, Ravi shared that he resigned from the party with effect from 12 May. He thanked his supporters. However, he did not elaborate on the reasons for his sudden departure. 

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He pledged to continue to be engaged and contribute in other means. 

Ravi was among several key party members who fell victim to serveral malicious allegations contained in a short video clip. The person behind the allegations, another party member, Daniel Teo Weilong, was expelled from the party. While he apologised unreservedly, Teo still face the possibility of legal reprisals and being charged for his actions.

 Notably, Ravi had indicated that he will not sue Teo because he does not believe in the culture of 'sue until your pants drop'.

The sudden loss of its former Secretary-General, Low Thia Khiang, from party duties due to a fall will, inevitably, be felt by the party. Low has been a key part of the WP machinery for a very long time. He is a pioneer. His loss will be felt. However, the impact can be mitigated. 

The WP has a long history and track record in parliament. This is, in no small part, due to to the efforts of Low. It has enabled the WP to charge a coherent and consistent long-term vision that has enabled it to attract very capable new blood into the party. 

Today, the WP has some of the most talented team who have put up a good challege to the dominance of the PAP, in parliament and during elections. 

Names like Pritam Singh, Sylvia Lim, Gerald Giam, Leon Perera, Chen Show Mao, Bernard Chen, and Faisal Manap are easily recognisable by many Singaporeans. They are the backbone of a formidable team that WP has managed to assemble over the years. 

Should the election be called before Low makes a full recovery, one will step-up to fill the void. They are ready. Low can still contribute to the party in an advisory role. 

For now, Low's responsibilities in the constituency and town council will have to be shared by his fellow party-MPs. It is business-as-usual for the party.

 

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