21 reasons why Tharman's call for confidence in LHL's team is misplaced

Singapore Democrats

In his Facebook post, DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam called on Singaporeans to “have confidence” in the present system of governance, adding, “You can count on PM Lee Hsien Loong and all of us in his team for that.”

To have confidence in the government, Singaporeans need transparency. So before the DPM asks for trust in Mr Lee Hsien Loong's team, the PAP must first account for and e ... Read more »

PM must convene official inquiry, not just Parliamentary debate

Singapore Democrats

The matter of PM Lee Hsien Loong's dispute with his siblings should be heard by a properly convened Commission of Inquiry (COI) rather than be debated in Parliament.

The SDP stated in our media release (16 June 2017) that “PM Lee must address the specific allegati ... Read more »

Lee Hsien Loong must address accusations by siblings that are of public concern

Singapore Democrats

The dispute between PM Lee Hsien Loong and his siblings, Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang, goes far beyond private family matters. It delves into issues of national concern and good governance.

Both siblings have made serious accusations against the PM, among which is the abuse of powers entrusted to him.

The SDP has long stated that the PAP has never been hesitant about using organs o ... Read more »

Let iconic Sungei Road thrive

Singapore Democrats

The SDP stands in solidarity with the merchants of Sungei Road and call on the PAP Government to rethink its decision to evict the vendors there. 

The flea market is an iconic spot with a rich history going back many decades. It has become very much a part of Singapore and it will be a tragic loss of our heritage. 

The place is also a venue for the vendors, many of whom are elderly ... Read more »

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We must persist

10 April 2017   by Kenneth Lin

Kenneth Lin

I recently attended the Youth Political Academy in Hong Kong organised by the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) during which Mr Sin Chung-Kai, former vice-chairperson of the Democratic Party of Hong Kong, shared his thoughts on the Umbrella Movement of 2014.

He was surprised that Hong Kongers were willing to turn up in such numbers and display such a strong front against Beijing’s oppression to demand fair elections - up to a hundred thousand people took to the streets in a protest that lasted 79 days. He noted that Hong Kongers usually protested in small, isolated groups.

I listened, bemused, thinking about how rare even small protests were in Singapore, and of the likelihood that a similar large scale protest demanding free and fair elections would happen in Singapore. Not a chance...