GE2020: SINGAPORE VOTES: PARTY BROADCASTS: Singapore Democratic Party

Singapore GE2020: Say yes to income for elderly and putting the people first

The Singapore Democratic Party's vision for the country is crystallised in its Four Yes, One No campaign, which includes suspending the GST until end-2021 and introducing a retrenchment benefit scheme for workers. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
The Singapore Democratic Party's vision for the country is crystallised in its Four Yes, One No campaign, which includes suspending the GST until end-2021 and introducing a retrenchment benefit scheme for workers. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

DR CHEE SOON JUAN

Secretary-general

Good evening, my fellow Singaporeans. In the last election, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong asked voters to trust the People's Action Party (PAP) and promised that the Government will work to lessen the burden of our cost of living.

He has not kept his promise. He has increased our cost of living by raising water prices, town council fees, healthcare costs, electricity rates, bus fares, school fees - you name it.

Soon, he will raise the goods and services tax. He has brought in even more foreign workers to compete with us for our jobs. The future for Singaporeans, young and old, is looking increasingly bleak.

Trust the PAP? Trust does not come from what you say, it comes from what you do. Worse, we were told the prices of our flats would never fall. But now, the PAP admits that our flats will decline in value until they become worthless at the end of the 99-year lease.

The ministers have little to worry about, they lavish themselves with astronomical salaries. PM Lee collects about $200,000 a month. Even junior entry-level ministers are paid $100,000 a month. How long do we average Singaporeans have to work to earn that amount?

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) is committed to changing all this by building a future of promise and hope for Singapore. We do this because we are committed to our beliefs.

We have drawn up an alternative vision for Singapore, crystallised in our Four Yes, One No campaign.

Yes number 1, suspend the GST until the end of next year. Yes number 2, introduce a retrenchment benefit scheme for retrenched workers. Yes number 3, provide a $500 monthly income for the elderly. Yes number 4, to put the people first. And the one No is to say no to a 10-million population.

Due to time constraints, I cannot go into detail about our proposals, but please tune in to our speeches online on Facebook and YouTube and we will explain how we are going to push for these policies and how we are going to pay for them.

 
 
 
 

Through the decades, the SDP has never wavered in our commitment to speak up for you. To us, politics is not about self-glorification. Neither is it about enriching ourselves. Rather, it is about speaking up for you, our fellow citizens.

And we do this by striving to be the kind of opposition that you have told us you want: competent, constructive and compassionate - a responsible opposition that does its homework, one that criticises the PAP when it is warranted but gives credit where credit is due.

It is with this spirit that we continue to serve this country, and serve it with pride and humility. It is in this spirit that we invite you, dear Singaporeans, to build a brighter and more hopeful tomorrow with us.

Thank you and good night.

Watch the broadcast here.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 03, 2020, with the headline 'Say yes to income for elderly and putting the people first'. Subscribe