SINGAPORE DEMOCRATIC PARTY MAY CONTEST IN LEE KUAN YEW’S GRC NEXT ELECTION

The Singapore Democratic Party launched its election campaign yesterday (10 Jan) which revealed its plans for the upcoming General Election which is dued by January 2017.

It plans to contest Sembawang GRC, Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, Yuhua SMC and Bukit Panjang SMC. In addition to these four constituencies they contested in last General Elections in 2011, SDP has not ruled out contesting Tanjong Pagar GRC in the upcoming General Elections.

The party’s Secretary-General Chee Soon Juan said the next GE will be an “interesting contest” but declined to reveal where he would contest. He added it has been a long time since he stood for elections.

Dr Chee said, “I’m excited about the prospect of leading the SDP into the next elections, excited about the opportunity of presenting our alternative vision to the people of Singapore, and excited that right now, we have the opportunity to effect change and take Singapore up a different path. One that is democratic, dynamic, just, equal and compassionate.”

The party said it will introduce its candidates at Hong Lim Park in October this year. It also plans to release an economic policy paper in February and the party’s manisfesto in May. The party also said it will unveil a town council management plan in June which explains to residents how it would manage the estates if it was to win in any of the constituencies it is contesting.

SDP will also campaign on several policy matters such as the abolishment of Medisave, Medifund and MediShield schemes which shall be replaced by National Health Investment Fund, the abolishing of CPF Minimum sum scheme and the introduction of a non-open market scheme for public housing which would see new flats being sold at a price which does not factor in the high cost of land.

They party will advocate the scrapping PSLE and a point system for foreigners to qualify to work in Singapore.

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