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The Singapore Democrats have been going about the Bukit Panjang housing estate – block-to-block, house-to-house – distributing flyers to residents, stepping up our campaign efforts in preparations for the upcoming elections against the incumbent PAP MP Dr Teo Ho Pin.
While we continue to strengthen our online presence and expand our reach on the Internet, we are making sure that our work on the ground also intensifies. With the expansion within our ranks, our campaign in the constituency has also increased steadily in recent years.
The present flyer focuses on the need to stop the influx of foreign workers into Singapore, losses that the GIC and Temasek incurred in investments in Western banks as well as the witholding of our CPF savings.
In response, we highlighted the SDP’s alternative Singaporeans First policy, the need for minimum wage and retrenchment entitlements.
But as fast as we are moving, there is still a wide gulf between the resources available to Dr Teo through the PAP compared to what is available to us. While the PAP gets the big donations from the elite big boys, we depend on support from ordinary citizens.
While we have shown that we can surpass the PAP on innovative and resourcefulness when it comes to campaigning, the limited funds at our disposal severely curtails our ability to reach out to the electorate.
Printing of flyers, for instance, takes a huge chunk from our expenditure. Flyering is an important feature of our campaign because this is our only means of communication with the residents.
With the media imposing a news blackout especially on the SDP’s election activities, we have no choice but to reach out directly to the residents though our flyers as well as our newspaper, The New Democrat.
We would, therefore, like to appeal to our fellow Singaporeans for your financial support without which we cannot run a competent and effective campaign. Your support is crucial to our efforts to bring about a democratic Singapore.
So please make your donations today. Don’t wait until the elections to make your contribution by which time it will be too late. We need to continue with the momentum we have built up and your support will determine if this swing continues to move up or dies down.
Support the party that dares and cares, the party that continues to speak up for Singapore no matter how hard the PAP comes down on us.
We are your voice, your party.