SDP's Alternatives: Malay 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.
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
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.
07 September 2012
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
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?
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.
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.
21 August 2012
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.