15Sep
Khaw Boon Wan must look into SMRT sackings

Singapore Democrats

The SMRT's decision to sack two of its employees over the deaths of Muhammad Asyraf Ahmad Buhari and Nasrulhudin Najumudin earlier this year raises serious questions.

The first is that the dismissals have taken place before official investigations are completed. Even the victims' families have questioned such a move.

Contrast this with Hepatitis-C o... Read more »

09Sep
SDP Chair congratulates pro-democracy Hong Kong legislators

Singapore Democrats

The SDP would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to the people of Hong Kong for voting in a larger number of pro-democracy candidates in the Legislative Council (Legco) elections held on 4 September. 

In particular, we are heartened to see the election of six young leaders into Legco; they are expected to be at the forefront to fight for greater democracy in Hong Kong.

We al... Read more »

08Sep
Elected Presidency, like NCMP and NMP, a distraction from real democratic reform

Singapore Democrats

In 1993 when the government introduced the Elected Presidency (EP) bill, it gave a grand vision of how system was evolving into a more democratic one where there would be greater checks and balance.

Then prime minister Goh Chok Tong even said that “In introducing this Bill, the present Government, is in fact, clipping its own wings. Once the constitutional amendment is effected, this Government w... Read more »

29Aug
Govt must stop excuses and give Singaporeans timely and complete information

Singapore Democrats

The attempted clarifications by Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong and other Ministry of Health (MOH) officials about the outbreak of the 41 Zika cases in Singapore raise fresh concerns.

The first case was detected on 31 July 2016. MOH had preliminary results before this was confirmed on 27 August 2016 but decided not to inform the public because it did not want to “create a false alarm”.... Read more »

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Social media still the way to effect change

06 September 2016   by Kenneth Lin

Kenneth Lin

It has now become a cliché, but no less a general truth, to say that the magnitude of social media's influence ever since its advent has been enormous, and its potential to grow cannot be understated.

Even in Singapore, where social media has thus far failed to bring about electoral change, its importance will no doubt grow exponentially as social media usage continues to skyrocket and surpass traditional media, especially among the young. It is thus important to position ourselves for the future, that we utilise social media not just quantitatively more than other media, but also strategically and creatively, that maximises impact with comparatively little resources.