The Straits Times
Published on Jan 29, 2013

WP is a multiracial party


I READ with surprise Mr Paul Antony Fernandez's letter yesterday ("Workers' Party lacks minority representation?"), which claimed he did not see any Workers' Party (WP) member from the minority races during its Punggol East by-election victory parade.

This was an unfortunate oversight by Mr Fernandez, a fact borne out by The Straits Times' reportage and publication of pictures from the WP's by-election victory parade, the same day Mr Fernandez's letter was published.

In addition, the party's minority MPs and members were involved in the Punggol East by-election campaign from Day One - supporting MP-elect Lee Li Lian on Nomination Day, visiting residents, speaking at election rallies and helping to hand out campaign materials.

Yet other members and volunteers from the minority races were involved in the logistics coordination for the by-election and, like their fellow members, did themselves and the WP proud.

Mr Fernandez then went on to query if WP secretary-general Low Thia Khiang had forgotten our national pledge, which enshrines equality, regardless of race or creed.

The WP is a multiracial party that celebrates a multiracial and multicultural Singapore. One of the party's aims, enshrined in its Constitution, is "racial equality in practice in all spheres of public activity and equal respect in law for all racial cultures".

Like any serious political party in Singapore, the party's doors are open to Singaporeans of all races. All our members, regardless of race, accept that in order for the WP to operate as a responsible and credible party, it is vital that we move forward as a team. The WP looks forward to more Singaporeans of all races joining our ranks in future.

Pritam Singh

MP for Aljunied GRC