SDP's Alternatives: Malay Community

The need for real political leadership within the Malay-Muslim community

14 September 2012

It is not difficult to understand why the SDP organized the Malay Forum last weekend received the overwhelming response that it did. The Malay-Muslim community have had to put up with all sorts of discriminatory policies for far too long with too little being done about it by PAP-appointed leaders.

Malay Singaporeans are being led by three categories of leaders. At the top are the PAP anointed personalities who claim to lead the community. Unfortunately, many of them have concluded that their priority is to serve the interests of the PAP rather than that of the community.


SDP holds historic Malay discussion in dignified manner

08 September 2012

The Singapore Democrats showed how Singaporeans can come together to have a civilised and dignified debate about the situation facing the Malay community in Singapore, an issue that has long been ruled a taboo subject by the PAP Government.$CUT$

And while the standing-room only crowd consisted mainly of Malays, there was a visible presence of non-Malays too. "For this is not just a Malay issue,” SDP Chairman Jufrie Mahmood said, "this is a national issue concerning all Singaporeans.”

The forum was moderated by Dr Vincent Wijeysingha who called for an honest discussion while imploring all present to maintain a respectful tone.

Malay forum to discuss social and economic issues

07 September 2012

The historic Malay forum that the SDP is organising tomorrow afternoon has created a buzz online. It has energised many in our Malay community who have said that they want to speak up and be part of the national conversation.

Many questions confront our society: Why do Malays lag behind economically? Does the present education system help or hinder Malays moving up the socio-economic ladder? Have PAP policies created a united Singapore or fomented disunity? 


  

How stupid does the PAP think we are?

01 September 2012

Something is stirring within the Malay-Muslim community in Singapore. On 30 August 2012, the Straits Times reported that the Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) had been discussing the idea of setting up a new forum to "engage a national, inter-ethnic, issue-oriented agenda".$CUT$

This happened during one of its conventions in June this year. It set off alarm bells within the PAP Government which resulted in Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong stepping in and cautioning AMP against the initiative. The organisation promptly dropped the idea


Senior PAP member to speak at SDP Malay forum

30 August 2012

The public forum on Malay issues organised by the SDP has generated much attention and interest among Singaporeans. The panelists will include a senior PAP member, an educator, and an academic from NUS.$CUT$

The speakers will weigh in on the topic The future of Singapore – do Malays have a part?

With the current immigration policy, Singaporeans are concerned that the cultural and social identity of Singapore of which our Malay-Muslim community plays an integral part will be eroded.



The future of Singapore - do Malays have a part?

21 August 2012

In this crucial period of unprecedented changes to the population that the Government is imposing on the country through its immigration policy, questions are being asked if foreigners are being brought in to replace locals. (Photo: Mendaki Community Leaders' Forum 2010 at NUS)$CUT$

But statistics show that while ethnic Chinese and Indian groups are growing, the Malay sub-population is not. In fact, the percentage of Malays in Singapore has shrunk from 15 percent in the 1970s to 13.5 percent presently.


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