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Singapore GE2020: Red Dot United to push for changes in housing, job policies

Red Dot United members (from left) Ravi Philemon, Liyana Dhamirah, Nicholas Tang, Alec Tok Kim Yam and Michelle Lee on a walkabout at a coffee shop at Block 504 Jurong West Street 52 yesterday. They will be contesting Jurong GRC in the upcoming gener
Red Dot United members (from left) Ravi Philemon, Liyana Dhamirah, Nicholas Tang, Alec Tok Kim Yam and Michelle Lee on a walkabout at a coffee shop at Block 504 Jurong West Street 52 yesterday. They will be contesting Jurong GRC in the upcoming general election. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

Singapore's newest political party Red Dot United (RDU) plans to push for policy changes in areas such as housing, healthcare and employment if its members are elected.

In a 12-page charter released yesterday, RDU said policy changes in these areas are needed to improve the lives of Singaporeans, and reduce the anxiety and stress they face every day.

Founded by former Progress Singapore Party members Ravi Philemon and Michelle Lee, the 12-member party has introduced five candidates who will stand in Jurong GRC.

During a call on videoconferencing platform Zoom yesterday, Ms Lee, who is the party chairman, said RDU wants more flexibility in government policies and to reduce people's reliance on the ruling party.

She said: "What (the ruling party) wants is for Singaporeans to give them all the levers of control, so that they alone can continue to operate Singapore (the way) they wish to. They believe that only they have the answers.

"Now, in this age of technological disruption, we cannot continue to rely on others to captain our lives by telling us what we can or cannot do. This reliance undermines our ability to grow as a society."

In its charter, RDU said it will also be advocating for policies that will help prepare Singapore for the future, in areas such as climate change and population growth.

It added that there is also a need to scrutinise laws like the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act as its institutional safeguards have been deliberately left vague to grant the PAP "enormous powers".

Besides Mr Ravi and Ms Lee, RDU's other three candidates for Jurong GRC are theatre director Alec Tok Kim Yam, entrepreneur and author Liyana Dhamirah, and legal engineer Nicholas Tang.

On Saturday, the five RDU members conducted house visits in Clementi. Yesterday, they distributed about 500 fliers at a market in Jurong West. Both areas are in Jurong GRC.

In the 2015 election, Jurong GRC was the People's Action Party's best-performing constituency, garnering 79.28 per cent of the vote against a team from the Singaporeans First party.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2020, with the headline 'Red Dot United to push for changes in housing, job policies'. Print Edition | Subscribe