SINGAPORE - The campaign messages of eight political parties contesting in the coming general election were broadcast on Thursday night (Sept 3).
Political parties that are fielding at least six candidates were eligible for air-time to broadcast their messages in four languages. There will be another broadcast on Sept 10.
All parties except the People's Power Party, which is fielding four candidates, were eligible this election.
The English broadcasts on Thursday were aired at 10pm on Channel 5, and on two radio channels - 93.8 Live and Power98FM. There was also a broadcast on Channel NewsAsia at 11pm.
Speeches in other languages were broadcast on other channels between 9pm to 11.45pm.
Here is the Singapore People's Party's English message in full:
SINGAPORE PEOPLE'S PARTY (SPP)
BY MRS LINA CHIAM, CHAIRMAN OF THE SPP
Good evening my fellow Singaporeans,
On the 11th of September, you have the chance to decide for yourselves if you want a better future for yourself and your family.
Singaporeans face more difficulties today than they ever have. Life has not been easy for us. Our public transport system breaks down far too frequently, despite the investments put into it. We have become more insecure because we might lose our jobs to foreigners, despite all our hard work in school and after graduation. We are worried about when we can retire, or if we have to keep working forever. We are frustrated when the Government responds to our concerns half-heartedly.
The PAP alone does not know what is best. We need change and we need change now as there many loopholes and insufficiencies that still exist.
Take work permit rules for instance. The minimum qualifying salary for foreign professionals, managers and executives to obtain the Employment Pass is still far too low, at $3,300. It must be raised, to ensure we obtain candidates of professional quality who can really contribute to Singapore. At the current rate, even insurance firms can employ agents on the Employment Pass.
The Singapore People's Party has a long record for actively speaking up in Parliament on the issues that matter to you. In the last four years, we have kept the Government in check, on many issues ranging from the CPF, over-population, transport as well as the recent accounting lapses in Government ministries and statutory boards.
We are a proven party with an excellent track record in managing the Potong Pasir Town Council. For 27 years, I worked alongside Mr Chiam See Tong, the Singapore People's Party's Secretary-General, serving Potong Pasir residents with strong commitment, reliability and dedication.
We ran the Potong Pasir Town Council operations with integrity, achieving a budget surplus for many years. We built many amenities, including 29 lifts, for the community, all without Government grants, and without additional payment from our residents. We believe residents should not be held ransom by promises of upgrading works.
Don't leave your future solely into the hands of the PAP. Vote for the Singapore People's Party. Vote for our candidates in Potong Pasir, Mountbatten, Hong Kah North, and Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC.
Let us move into the future together.
Thank you and good night.