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Many Singaporean and opposition parties can no longer wait for the publication of the report by the Election Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC). 

Nevertheless, the Singapore People's Party (SPP), has adopted a contrarion viewpoint.

The SPP does not see any merit in speculating on the completion of the EBRC Report. It is not in the party's interest to speculate on matters that are beyond their control.

Instead, what it chooses to do is to focus its energy and resources on things that are within its control such as walking the ground to connect with residents.

However the party has a proposal that it feels can help to remove any speculation and uncertainties with regard to the election date.

Under this proposed 'Fixed Terms of Parliaments Act', the Prime Minister will not have any discretionary powers to decide the elections. The date of the elections will be set in stone and can only be changed with 75% votes in Parliament.

This is an interesting proposition. 

On one hand, under a system dominated by t]he PAP, this system will ensure a more level playing field for the opposition parties.

However, if an opposition party or coalition comes into power, the act could diminish any advantage that they may leverage over the PAP in other elections.

What do you think?


The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) is at the forefront of the battle against the use of POFMA by the government. Now, despite busy preparing for the elections, it is taking the Manpower Minister, Josephine Teo, to the High Court with the hearing stated for 16 January 2020.

Teo and the Ministry had issued Correction Directions (CDs) to the SDP in relation to three Facebook posts by the party. SDP fundamentally disagrees with the CDs. While it complied with obligations under the CDs, they lodged an appeal for the cancellation of the CDs. This was ultimately rejected by the Ministry. According to the SDP, the rejection did not adequately address the points that it raised.

SDP has not hired any counsel. It will defend itself and is looking forward to grilling Teo in the courtroom folowing what it deems as an "abuse of law".

If her POFMA order succeeds, then the last holdout where important national issues are openly and robustly debated on the Internet in Singapore would be irreparably closed. 

The employment of Ministerial decree to accuse the opposition of stating falsehoods when the statements are in fact true cannot be condoned.

In a political debate, the application of facts and logical reason to persuade the public must not be sacrificed for the whims and opinions of Ministers.     

By her action, Ms Teo has plunged a dagger into the heart Singapore's political system already plagued by anti-democratic rules that keep the PAP entrenched in power.  

SDP leader, Dr Chee Soon Juan, opined that the PAP "must not be allowed to be the accuser, prosecutor and judge on any political matter, let alone one like the foreign-worker issue which has been the source of much frustration and anger among Singaporeans". He added that "if the ruling party gets away with using POFMA in such a slipshod and partisan manner, then every critic will be at its mercy".

This decision by the SDP to take Teo to court to defend the use of POFMA against the SDP is an important one.

Teo can no longer hide behind her Ministry. She has to stand up to scrutiny, in the court of law, to defend her use of POFMA.

Needless to say, this will be to the benefit of the opposition parties who may be undertain if POFMA will be used against them in the future, leading up to the elections.

It will also be monumental for Singaporeans who crave for more political liberty.

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) applied for the cancellation of the Corrections Directions (CDs) against it that was issued by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

According to Dr Chee Soon Juan, the Secretary-General for SDP, the application was unsuccessul. No satisfactory response was provided by MOM apart from stating that SDP's application "does not provide sufficient grounds for the cancellation of the CDs".

Apparently, the response from MOM also did not address SDP's reasons for the statements that it posted.

Dr Chee called out Josephine Teo, MOM Minister, for her lack of leadership on the matter, hiding behind the Ministry and called for POFMA to be held to higher standards.

Replying that the “Minister has therefore decided to refuse your Application” is not an answer, it is a cop-out.

The PAP hurls accusations against its opponents but refuses to substantiate its arguments with official data when rebutted. This is hardly the kind of leadership Singaporeans should expect or deserve. It is an unfortunate but very real comment about the calibre of the PAP’s 4G leaders.

Using the law to allege the SDP as posting “false statements of fact” and then refusing to back-up its allegation with data when challenged is clear demonstration of how far Singapore’s political standards have deteriorated.

POFMA, like this Government, should be held to higher standards.

The MOM’s non-answer leaves the SDP no choice but to pursue the matter in court. We will keep readers updated on developments.
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The Ministry must step-up. 

POFMA allows for the right of appeal. At the very least, should the appeal fail, as was the case with the SDP, then it is in the interest of the public to know and understand why the appeal was rejected. 

We are talking about fake news and false statements of fact.

If there was an error in conveying a fact, then the public has the right to be educated on the matter. The Ministry has the data, the statistics, and the facts. Surely it can do better than in detailing the resasons why that SDP's appeal did not merit a cancellation of the CDs.

The mainstream media recently reported that a group of four opposition parties - Singaporeans First (SF), Reform Party (RP), People's Power Party (PPP), and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) - will be forming an alliance led by Tan Jee Say, the Secretary-General of SF.

Tan has now clarified that while the idea of forming an opposition alliance has been mooted and discussed several times by different opposition parties, no leader has yet been appointed. Elaborating, Tan shared that the members have previously asked Dr Tan Cheng Bock to lead the alliance and would more than welcome him into the fold.

Tan explained that he was approached by an ST reporter regarding the news of the formation of the alliance and this was his response:

1 You will recall that in July 2018, SDP called for a meeting with several other parties and attended by TCB when the idea of a coalition of opposition parties was discussed and TCB was invited to lead it. We waited more than a year for TCB’s response and when he did not call for a meeting, a few of us discussed forming an alliance. When TCB finally called for the meeting on 2 Nov 2019, we asked him to form a formal alliance and lead it. Whilst waiting for his response, we put our alliance idea on hold.We are now discussing the issue again after TCB has still not given us an answer after more than 2 months. As GE is getting closer, we are thinking of going ahead with registering the proposed alliance and then invite TCB to lead this formal alliance after we have registered it.

2 The proposed alliance is only an idea at this stage and there is no formal leader. I represented it in approaching other parties to join us.

3 We have not yet decided on the number of candidates to field. The 4 initial parties in this proposed alliance contested in 6 GRCs and 1 SMC in the last GE.”

The door is open for Dr Tan to lead the alliance. It would be a masterstroke if Dr Tan does indeed lead the alliance.

Singaporeans are savvy voters. 

With Dr Tan at the helm, he will be the face of the alliance that Singaporeans can, and will, vote for. 

Apart from The Workers' Party (WP) and the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), no other opposition party has the same reputation that can rival the PAP. Dr Tan's assumption of opposition leadership willl correct that and not only provide an impetus for the smaller parties, but to the SDP and WP who can also ride on Dr Tan's branding and reputation.

It's an exciting time to be a Singaporean voter.

Veteran opposition leader, Goh Meng Seng, of the People's Power Party (PPP), called on Singaporeans to be bold in voting more opposition members into parliament. That way, they can do their part to keep the PAP in-check, and to help prevent spiralling costs in Singapore.

This year, the Economist Intelligence Unit, placed Singapore, along with Paris and Hong Kong, as the most expensive cities in the world.

Yet, Goh pointed out, the price of the same commodities can be more expensive in Singapore, compared to Hong Kong. Goh explained that this was because the cost of doing business in Singapore, including both direct and indirect tax payable, was also more costly here because there are just too many of such taxes involved,

GST will be increased to 9%. PAP has also increased water tax, transport costs and imposing additional taxes and more are in the pipeline. For what? 

What we are seeing is a big contrast whereby PAP government is splurging billions after billions in lots of infrastructure projects which doesn't seem to have any restrain in cost control.

A simple rubbish collection center could cost nearly a million with hefty amount provided to " consultation work"!

It seems that there is no proper scrutiny on PAP government spending and they just simply increase all sorts of taxes and costs when they have insufficient money.

The joke is that medical cost in public hospitals could actually cost MORE than private hospitals while the government just throw "subsidies" to feed all these overpriced public hospitals!

Goh questioned if Singaporeans are just too tolerant of the actions of the PAP.

Singaporeans must take ownership of their future to stem the tide of spiralling costs. The effect on prices will not be immediate. It will be gradual but Singaporeans themeselves that will benefit from this.

We can't be too tolerant and afraid of the unkown. 

The PAP of the past had a great track record. It is not the same now. Vote for who you know can best deliver the best outcome that you want for the country.

The ban on e-scooters on footpaths will be fully enforced by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) from 1 Jan onwards. Many are grudgingly resigned to their fate.

However, there remains some who are more defiant who would continue to ride on footpaths illegally.

According to one such rider, he does not have many options as he has three young children to take care of. Apart from the income, the flexible nature of the job is also very precious as it allows him to help take care of the children when needed.

Some may feel that this rider is very self-entitled or lazy. We need to put ourselve in his shoes.

In terms of salary and flexibility, there are not many jobs available that can compare to being a food delivery rider. Like the great Singaporean trait that we are very proud of, this rider is just being pragmatic.

It remains to be seen how the LTA will actively enforce the illegal use of PMD on footpaths when the ban is fully in effect. They have made a mess of the enforcement previously and had to resort to a ban to ensure the safety of pedestrians.

Can the LTA do it in the future? There's no certainty.

For the riders, the payout is worth the risk. 

While the cat-and-mouse game continues, we just hope that no one else will be hurt in an accident with a PMD.



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