Dr Chee Soon Juan will speak at a luncheon organised by the Foreign Correspondents Association (FCA) at the Pan Pacific Hotel on Monday, 26 January 2015. (See here)$CUT$
The SDP secretary-general will speak on the upcoming elections expected to be held later this year. He will address the current political developments including the PAP’s lack of ideas to take Singapore forward.
Income inequality is wide, the elderly have insufficient retirement savings, the youths are seeing their opportunities diminish, the middle-income families live from paycheck to paycheck and the cost of living in Singapore continues to rise.
In addition, productivity has been languishing in the past decade, Singaporeans work the most number of hours in the world, they are the unhappiest and most disengaged workers in Asia, and our suicide rate at 467 deaths in 2012 is the highest in 20 years and a 30 percent increase from 2011.
And yet, PM Lee Hsien Loong has not announced bold and comprehensive measures to tackle these serious problems.
Instead, he has sought to tinker around the edge, for example, introducing the Progressive Wage Model for a small band of workers instead of enacting minimum wage to invest in all low-income workers. He has also enacted the confusing Medishield Life scheme instead of making the healthcare system a universal one with a single-payer system and where public hospitals are not profit-driven.
Dr Chee will talk about what needs to be done if the dismal situation is to be reversed as well as the SDP’s campaign strategy in the lead up to the next GE.
The SDP approached the Singapore Press Club in early December last year to address local journalists but have yet to hear from the organisation’s president, Mr Patrick Daniel.