SDP calls on PAP to scrap plans to hike GST to 9 percent, now is not the time

With the spread of the novel coronavirus, the SDP calls on Singaporeans to come together to help contain the virus by heeding public health warnings and advice. We acknowledge and appreciate the hard work of public health experts and recognise that this will be a trying few weeks ahead for all of us. This is also an addedContinue reading “SDP calls on PAP to scrap plans to hike GST to 9 percent, now is not the time”

SDP draws up climate change policy, calls out PAP for doing too little

If you don’t want to read all of the 39 pages of our climate change policy, here’s a summary.  What seems to be the problem and what’s it to us? As the climate change crisis confronting our planet deepens, Singapore will not be spared its consequences. With rising global temperatures, polar ice-caps will melt andContinue reading “SDP draws up climate change policy, calls out PAP for doing too little”

SDP’s Young Democrats push for meaningful and decisive action on climate change in Singapore

The government “talks a good game” but continues to drag its feet over implementing urgent and meaningful measures that would mitigate climate change, Ms Min Cheong, youth member of the SDP, said today at the launch of the party’s climate change policy. The launch was streamed live on Youtube and FB this afternoon. You can watch it here ifContinue reading “SDP’s Young Democrats push for meaningful and decisive action on climate change in Singapore”

MOM’s figures of┬áSingaporeans in labour force extremely disturbing

Figures released today by MOM on Singapore citizens in the labour force are extremely disturbing. One statistic stands out above everything else. The MOM reports that “The increase in employment rate of Singapore citizens over the last decade (from 60.0% in June 2009 to 63.6% in June 2019) was driven most consistently by those aged 65 &Continue reading “MOM’s figures of┬áSingaporeans in labour force extremely disturbing”

Whether a statement is true or false cannot be “based on the minister’s interpretation”

The Straits Times reported Deputy AG Hri Kumar who is representing Manpower Minister Josephine Teo in the POFMA issue saying: “the minister who initiates a Pofma direction will look at the article or statement in question and determine what he believes to be its meaning. A correction direction can then be issued based on the minister’sContinue reading “Whether a statement is true or false cannot be “based on the minister’s interpretation””

Dr Chee: It would be ludicrous for the MOM to say that “in the Minister’s view” the earth is round

The most shocking part of the Manpower Minister Josephine Teo’s POFMA action against the SDP involves this statement in the MOM’s affidavit: “Counsel will elaborate further on the legal position: what has been set out is, in the Minister’s view, the correct, reasonable interpretation, and there is no other reasonable interpretation of the Relevant Sentence. The MinisterContinue reading “Dr Chee: It would be ludicrous for the MOM to say that “in the Minister’s view” the earth is round”

SDP to present three reasons why POFMA case should be heard in open court

The SDP will argue before the Judge in chambers tomorrow morning to transfer the hearing to open court. We have asked the AGC whether it objects to our application but have not had a reply. Our argument is three-fold: Unlike other cases between private entities over domestic disputes that have limited interest to the public, this matterContinue reading “SDP to present three reasons why POFMA case should be heard in open court”

SDP files case against MOM in High Court to fight for what little democratic space we have left in S’pore

The SDP has filed an Originating Summons against Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo in the High Court. The legal action follows the rejection by Ms Teo of the SDP’s application for her to cancel the Correction Directions she issued under POFMA for three of our posts. The court has set 16 January 2020, Thursday, for theContinue reading “SDP files case against MOM in High Court to fight for what little democratic space we have left in S’pore”