Bukit Batok by-election: SDP to outline plans at press conference on Friday

Singapore Democratic Party chief Chee Soon Juan greeting residents at a Bukit Batok coffee shop during his walkabout on April 21, 2016.
Singapore Democratic Party chief Chee Soon Juan greeting residents at a Bukit Batok coffee shop during his walkabout on April 21, 2016.ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Singapore Democratic Party chief Chee Soon Juan greeting residents at a Bukit Batok coffee shop during his walkabout on April 21, 2016.
Singapore Democratic Party chief Chee Soon Juan greeting residents at a Bukit Batok coffee shop during his walkabout on April 21, 2016. ST PHOTO: CHONG ZI LIANG

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) will be holding a press conference on Friday (April 22) to outline its plans for the Bukit Batok constituency.

Party chief Chee Soon Juan did not elaborate on what the plans entailed, but stressed that his party had in place the resources to take over the town council should he win the by-election on May 7.

He also reiterated his call for retrenchment insurance and said the cost of living was continuing to rise even as workers felt the heat from a slowing economy.

Dr Chee argued that he would be able to make a bigger impact in Parliament than his People's Action Party opponent Murali Pillai.

The ruling party already has more than 80 MPs and adding one more would not make a difference, Dr Chee said.

 

He was speaking to reporters at Bukit Batok MRT station on Thursday, where he and party activists greeted residents and distributed campaign fliers.

It was his first media interview since the May 7 by-election date was announced, but Dr Chee said the day was no different as he had been walking the ground for the past few weeks.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam issued the writ of election on Wednesday. Nomination Day will be April 27 followed by nine days of campaigning and the mandatory cooling-off day on May 6.