Articles: Perspective

Social media still the way to effect change

06 September 2016

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.

CALD workshop on online campaign

03 September 2016

Jufri Salim

Recently my party colleague, Kenneth Lin, and I attended a Climate Change workshop in Bali, Indonesia, conducted by the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) Youth from 19 to 21 August 2016.

Coastline and Land Reclamation

10 August 2016

by Dr Tan Lip Hong



Singapore's total land area now stands at 71,400 hectares.

According to the Land Use Plan report released on 31 January 2013, the Government plans to increase its land supply by nearly 8 per cent to 76,600 hectares to accommodate its projected population of 6.9 million by 2030.

About 60 per cent will be set aside for housing, industry and community facilities - up from the current 52 per cent.

A large part of the additional land will come from reclamation and freeing up reserve land.
(http://www.mnd.gov.sg/landuseplan/)

It can be seen from the map that future land reclamation work is largely to increase the size of the main island of Singapore as well as existing off shore islands like Pulau Tekong, Pulau Bukom and Pulau Semakau.

This plan would destroy the existing coastlines around the main island, much the same way as the Marine Parade reclamation off the East Coast in the past has destroyed all the old picturesque coastlines of Tanjong Katong, Telok Kurau, Siglap, Bedok, Tanah Merah with all their natural habitats, heritage, history and memories.

Your Email: Voice of a Small Business Owner

11 March 2016

Dear SDP,

I read the facebook note by Dr Chee that shared the story about a small independent bookstore appealing for help to stay afloat. It gives a glimpse of what is really happening to many small retailers. While I sympathize with the owner, we should also take note of things from a broader perspective by looking into the challenges faced by small business owners in Singapore.

As a small business owner over the past 10 years, I personally witness that many local retailers (big or small) are suffering because of the economic downturn...

PAP's statements on defence spending not based on fact and reality

22 February 2016

Tan Lip Hong and Leong Yan Hoi

During the last elections, a few PAP Ministers had made statements about the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) position on defence spending [1],[2], and recently in parliament, Mr Christopher de Souza, an MP from the Holland-Bukit Timah GRC had again brought the matter up [3].

To my dear volunteers

14 September 2015

Clarence Zeng

The whirlwind hustling of GE2015 is finally over. The applause has mainly been for the candidates, but I believe the appreciation should go to a lot more people. Matthew Tan, who helped me co-helm the Ground Operations Team when Bryan Lim stood up to be a candidate for our party. He is the analytic guy, and helps to disarm tricky situations when tensions are high, and provides alternative solutions when none seemed to be in sight.