SDP urges Minister Lui to respond to newspaper application

Singapore Democrats

The SDP wrote to the Minister for Communication, Information and the Arts Lui Tuck Yew last week urging him to approve our application for the renewal of our licence for The New Democrat, the SDP’s newspaper. The application is more than three months overdue.

We have yet to here from Mr Lui. SDP Secretary-General Chee Soon Juan has written a second letter to Mr Lui again urging him to respond. Dr Chee has asked the Minister to respond with three days.



26 July 2010

Mr Lui Tuck Yew                                           By email and fax
Ministry for Information, Communication and the Arts
140 Hill Street
#02-02 MICA Building,
Singapore 179369

Dear Sir,

Re: Renewal for The New Democrat

I note that you have not responded to my email to you on 20 July 2010 regarding the SDP’s application for the renewal of our newspaper licence. I, again, urge you to give us reply as to whether our application is approved or not.

We submitted our application on 21 April 2010 and was told by various officers at the Media Development Authority (MDA) that it normally takes two to three weeks for the application to be processed. It is now more than three months and we have yet to hear anything about our application.

We have been told by MDA officials, Deputy Registrar A R Madiee and Customer Care Officer Toh Siew Kuan, that all the necessary documentation have been submitted and that our application is in order. We repeat our communication to you as we did with Mr Madiee and Ms Toh: If there is any piece of information related to our application that we have not given or if there is any fee that we have not paid, please let us know.

I urge you to reply withing three days of this letter, failing which we will take the necessary remedies that are open to us. I await your reply.


Chee Soon Juan

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