Articles: Perspective

Let's burn the flame bright

31 July 2015

I cannot recall exactly how long it has been since I was involved in conducting our weekly house visits.

In that time when I have been really busy, my fellow members and volunteers have been tirelessly turning up without fail for months to visit the residents of the constituencies that we intend to contest in.

Coming from all parts of Singapore, with some as far as Pasir Ris, they travel sometimes for more than an hour to the residential blocks in the west that are not always easily accessible by public transport.

Not everyone in this group is young and healthy; I see volunteers who continue to help week in week out despite being in their golden years, when they should be enjoying their retirement. However they still come faithfully and regularly. To these volunteers, I offer my heartfelt gratitude.

Why I Joined the SDP

02 July 2015

I believe in the SDP and all that it is doing in the best interests of all Singaporeans.

I believe in the freedom of speech and expression. I can’t go on living in a country where most citizens are in mortal fear of expressing their pain, stress, anger and disapproval of huge numbers of foreigners who, with the help of the PAP, make us second class citizens, in our own country.

MediShield Life – A leaky green umbrella

20 March 2015

The Government has taken a step in the right direction by implementing MediShield Life, a national health insurance scheme that is both universal (covers everybody) and comprehensive (covers all illnesses). No longer will anyone be denied coverage due to old age, pre-existing illness, congenital conditions or mental illness.

However, one of the main inadequacies of MediShield Life is that it does not adequately cover large medical bills. In other words, it under-insures us, requiring us to still pay out large sums of money in the event that we fall ill, despite being insured. This is clearly evidenced by the fact that each of us is still required to maintain a huge Medisave balance for use in case of illness.

An open letter to the editor of Berita Harian

12 February 2015

Why is the newspaper not reporting on the SDP's activities and policies? If the other newspapers can report on our events, why is the Malay-language newspaper not doing the same? How are Malays in Singapore going to keep abreast of the developments of the opposition if they are deprived of relevant news?

Singapore’s high dependence on foreign labor begs an alternative model of growth

11 November 2014

In a televised speech on the eve of Singapore’s National Day in 2013, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said “We face difficult choices: We need foreign workers to serve our economy and Singaporeans’ needs, and immigrants to make up for our shortfall of babies.”

Singapore needs to take responsibility and lead the region in 'green' effort

13 October 2014

We must spread the word and educate our communities about the dangers of environmental degradation. The challenge is to communicate the importance of immediate action to members of society, since it is only with a concerted, cooperative effort that we have a chance of making a difference.