The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has been vigorously working the ground, organising walkabouts, community outreach activities and policy launches, in preparation for the next General Election (GE).
In a Facebook post published on Tuesday (23 July), the party promised that it would oppose the retention of the Central Provident Fund (CPF) system, the impending Goods and Services Tax (GST) hike and a potential 10 million population target, if elected into Parliament.
Promising to fight for a lower cost of living, transparency, and accountability in Parliament, the party said that it has been clearly broadcasting these promises to voters during its outreach activities.
Earlier this year, the SDP vowed to redouble its efforts and “bring about positive change for our nation and our people” in 2019.
In it’s New Year message, the opposition party said that 2018 was characterised by the rising cost of living, “economic lethargy,” and poor leadership.
Citing lawsuits against citizens like Leong Sze Hian, action against alternative news sites like TOC and legislation “to further curtail open debate” as examples of how the Government continues to “harass its citizens,” the SDP said that “Singaporeans can expect tougher times if nothing changes.”
The party further contrasted the high ministerial salaries political office-holders earn, to the problems ordinary Singaporeans face, such as increasing financial stress, lack of employment opportunity, the decreasing value of public housing properties and unfair competition for jobs by foreign talent.
The SDP says that the situation many Singaporeans find themselves in can be turned around. It added: “To this end, the SDP has crafted an alternative vision for Singapore and, from this, drawn up a set of alternative policies to take the country up a brighter, happier, and more equal future.”
Revealing that it is ramping up its efforts as the next general election draws near, the party called on Singaporeans to join them in ushering in change for a “better Singapore.”
The SDP has since launched five of its policies, in a series of campaign events that it has organised since January 2019. The party has since released its policies on the cost of living, housing, healthcare, immigration and population growth, and education.