Added on: Friday 11 January 2013
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WP has not replied to SDP's invitation to discuss our parties'
participation in the Punggol East by-election. We are disappointed that
we were unable to get together with WP.
Nonetheless, we have
not given up the effort of finding a solution to field a single
opposition candidate to contest in the by-election and we will continue
to work towards this end.
In the spirit of compromise and
cooperation, we would like to propose that our two parties run a
joint campaign and field one candidate from the SDP. If victorious, the
SDP candidate will enter Parliament and the WP will run the Punggol East
This would be a win-win-win situation. A
successful unity candidate would mean another seat in Parliament for the
opposition. It would lay the ground for bigger opposition
representation in the next general elections, signaling a big win for
the people of Singapore.
It would also be a win for the WP which
would have added clout in their Town Council management and access to
the Punggol East grassroots network.
Thirdly, the SDP would be
seated in Parliament and we will be able to table and debate the
Government on our alternative policies.
We hope to meet with the
WP to discuss this proposal and see if we can come to an agreement. Dr
Chee Soon Juan has sent WP Secretary-General Mr Low Thia Khiang the
proposal and sought a meeting with him tomorrow, 12 January 2013.
the sake of our supporters who do not want to see the SDP and WP go
head-to-head in a 3-cornered fight against the PAP; we need to find a
solution to this problem. This proposal is the answer.
our supporters that we will explore every possibility to avoid a
3-corner fight. But in any arrangement between two parties there must be
give and take on both sides. We hope that the WP will meet us half-way.
SDP has our strengths and the WP has its strengths. We need to leverage
on our positives to serve the people. We need to focus on what we have
in common rather than our differences.
For the sake of
Singaporeans, the SDP is willing to compromise and work together with
the WP to achieve our ultimate objective of defeating the PAP candidate
Dr Koh Poh Koon and bring Singapore one step closer to democracy.
If this is the result of our
cooperation, our nation would achieve a historic breakthrough to a
deeper and more effective politics in the service of our people.