some may want to attain the 5 Cs of cash, car, condo, country club,
and credit card, the Singapore Democrats have a different set of Cs we
aspire to - competence, constructiveness, and compassion.
These are the
qualities we have been working to build up and they will be the ones we
want voters in this coming general elections to know us for.
For years the electorate has been fed a steady diet of negative
news and attacks of the worst kind against our party and its leaders. We
were helpless against the onslaught because there was no avenue for us
to fight back. The attack took its toll.
Then came the Internet.
With its growing pervasiveness and utility, we found a weapon with which
to defend ourselves and, indeed, launch countermeasures against the PAP
More important, it was a medium which we could use
to tell Singaporeans our views and alternative proposals. We have made our stand clear on our positions
vis-a-vis PAP policies and articulated our reasons for doing so. We
didn't stop there. For each of these positions, we have explained as
clearly as we possibly can what alternative policies should replace the
We have done this in several areas such as healthcare, ministerial salaries, education, and so on. Click on Our Alternatives to read more about our policies.
one area to which we have given overwhelming focus is the economy. We
do this for obvious reasons: the national narrative is still very much
an economic one. Some of the ideas such as minimum wage,
retrenchment benefits, and the Singaporeans First policy have been echoed by analysts,
academics and even PAP MPs. We advocated these issues way back in the 2001 elections.
Now, even our
most hardened opponents cannot credibly accuse us of not being
constructive and opposing for opposition sake. It is one achievement
that we are immensely proud of. It is one matter we will take to our
voters in the upcoming GE - that there is an alternative. It is called
the Singapore Democratic Party.