The Elections Department says that “political parties should refrain from inappropriate use of young children who will not fully understand what they may be promoting or subjecting themselves to.” (ST, 6 Oct 2019)
But finger-pointing is best done in front of the mirror. The PAP has never been shy of using young children as props for its own ends. Rather than say it in so many words, we’ll let these photographs do the talking.
In our case, the young child appearing in our video is the daughter of one of our CEC members. Both she and her parents are happy with the video.
In the SDP, we have a proud tradition of involving our family members in our activities. This is because we stand for and champion values like compassion, courage and diversity, values that we feel our children are better off learning at a young age.
In the PAP’s case, we’d like to know if any of the children appearing in the pictures posted on its Facebook understand “what they may be promoting or subjecting themselves to”? More importantly, was parental consent obtained?