The Party: Misconceptions about the Singapore Democrats

Why did Dr Chee kick Mr Chiam See Tong out of the SDP?

19 August 2011

No. He didn't. It was Mr Chiam who resigned as secretary-general of the SDP.

Following the election in 1993, Dr Chee was sacked by the National University of Singapore where he was a Lecturer. Dr Chee went on a hunger strike as a mark of protest. Mr Chiam first supported Dr Chee's action but later changed his mind and called for the Party to censure his then assistant secretary-general (Dr Chee was elected to the post in February 1993).

Is the SDP a confrontational and destructive party?

08 August 2011

It is clear that more and more Singaporeans are beginning to understand and support the SDP's coherent and well-defined alternative ideology.

Among some of the objectives that we are working towards is an egalitarian economic system where wealth is not amassed in the hands of a few, a democratic polity where citizens are the boss, and a social/educational system that ensures equal opportunity and a fair go for all.

If the SDP is successful in achieving our objectives, it would mean the dismantling of the PAP's autocratic, elitist and non-transparent system.

Why does the Singapore Democrats focus on human rights issues and not bread-and-butter issues?

08 August 2011

The SDP focuses on both issues because they are equally important; they are two sides of the same coin. We have repeatedly brought up pocket-book issues such as cost of living, withholding of our CPF funds, jobs for Singaporeans, minimum wage, ministers' pay and so on.

Our newspaper, The New Democrat, regularly focuses on these issues as we are aware that these are matters that Singaporeans are concerned about. Our flyers and speeches during the elections discuss nothing but such issues.