Articles: Perspective

SDP Intern: Everyone's duty to get involved in politics

19 July 2017

Singapore Democrats

The SDP is proud to introduce our latest intern, Ms Carson Turner, who comes to us from the University of California at Berkeley. Ms Turner, a US citizen, is a political science major and has done research in the area of voting systems.

She is with the SDP as part of our on-going internship programme and will be with us until end of July 2017.

The SDP has hosted several interns in the past.  As part of her placement programme, Ms Turner will be involved in our research and policy studies unit. Below is an interview we conducted with her (photographed above at the SDP's office).

Lessons from Cambodia

11 July 2017

Jufri Salim

A diverse group participants from Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mongolia, Cambodia and Singapore took part in discussions on how to use the social media effectively and responsibly especially with the trend of fake and distorted news growing.
 

We must persist

10 April 2017

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...

Until we get some honest answers, we should keep asking questions

13 March 2017

Singapore Democrats

Speeches by Prof Paul Tambyah & Damanhuri Abas at Water Price Hike Rally @ Speakers' Corner on 11 March 2017, Saturday.

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.