SDP will Continue to Work towards Common Opposition Platform

The SDP will continue our work of presenting voters with a united and competent opposition platform. Such a measure will boost Singaporeans’ confidence in the opposition.

The victory of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) in Malaysia has brought renewed hope for democracy in Singapore with Singaporeans calling for the opposition here to also form a united team for the next elections.

But while unity in the opposition camp is desirable, it is important to note that there are significant differences between the Singaporean and Malaysian political scenes that make a replication of PH-like success in Singapore improbable in the immediate term.

One of these is that before the PH, or even its predecessor Pakatan Rakyat, was formed, Malaysians had voted in MPs from Parti KeAdilan Rakyat (led by Mr Anwar Ibrahim) and Democratic Action Party (led by Mr Lim Kit Siang and later Mr Lim Guan Eng). These parties subsequently worked together towards forming an alliance.

In other words, they learned to walk before they ran.

Similarly, Singaporeans must vote for the SDP even before a formal coalition comes about. With the SDP in Parliament, our position will be enhanced, and with greater leverage we will make it our priority to work with other opposition parties to form a common and viable platform.

This does not mean, however, that the opposition does nothing for the moment. For the record, the SDP has been working towards greater opposition cooperation.

In 1996, we signed a memorandum of understanding with the Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Melayu Singapura (photo above) with both parties contesting the 1997 GE under one ticket. We had invited other parties to participate in the pact.

We called on opposition parties to come together under the Forum of Democratic Leaders in the Asia Pacific (Singapore Chapter) in the 1990s and for opposition parties to collaborate for the 2001 GE.

Apart from elections, Dr Chee Soon Juan and then Workers’ Party Secretary-General Mr J B Jeyaretnam formed the Open Singapore Centre to advocate democratic accountability and free and fair elections in Singapore.

After the 2015 GE, we attempted to arrange private meetings to explore the possibility of opposition parties working closer.

The SDP will continue our efforts to find common ground among the among the opposition and meet Singaporeans’ hope and desire to see a united alternative to the PAP.

To this end, Singaporeans can count on the SDP.

Singapore Democrats

 

 

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36 Responses to “SDP will Continue to Work towards Common Opposition Platform”

  • 爸都糕咬 一级棒:

    第一个用花来形容女人的人是天材

    第二个用花来形容女人的人是蠢材

    看到这个贴文,好像是看到了蠢材!

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  • Believe:

    Yes make it happen.

    Stop making excuses.

    If the Malaysians can do it in a country with a very large population and with their Bumi policy,then so can we.

    Malaysians regardless of race all united against the ruling party for similar reasons.

    Put the people firat and you guys will be able to put aside your differences.Don’t worry about who gets what after you win but focus on toppling PAP.

    Make better use of ALL forms of social media and come with your own manifesto once you have agreed to form a coalition.

    Make sure you have good speakers to put across your arguments.

    Learn from PH on engaging voters.You can easily find relevant videos on u tube.

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  • oxygen:

    EVEN THE COLLECTIVE INDUSTRIOUS EFFORTS of ants working together can collapse a badly-constructed dam.

    PAPpys failed policies from asset enhancement politics scams to CPF to population recycling economics have been allowed to fester and cumulate for too long to the detriment of our trapped dilemma of difficult reversal – just like the kleptocracy in Malaysian cancerous politics.

    The 4Gs, in the last decade, all happily collect HUMONGUOUS PAY, salivating THE $$$ SEDUCTIONS like Pavlov unthinking dogs and DIAM DIAM DIAM about the enduring CORROSIVE damage of failed political economy done to our national survival and interests.

    Without drastic shift in voting mentality among peasants, LEE-jiapore is heading for SUDDEN DEATH COLLAPSE – just like the frozen HDB older flat resale market which NO LONGER can be monetize for retirements.

    IT IS DO OR DIE binary choice of YES or NO crossroad. Pick the weak t*sticle choice, it is underwriting your own funeral and that of your next generation.

    SDP, thankfully, is leading the fight for change.

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  • oxygen:

    HAVE YOU ALL NOT NOTICE THIS YET – since the Malaysian election tsunami swept their landscape, only ONE echo-chamber the “boss-talk” – no originality and creativity of valued added contribution to fostering Lee-jiapore-KL relations.

    All the other 4Gs ALL CONSPICOUSLY LOUD AS MUTE. It is telling that they CAN’T EVEN HANDLE a routine crisis of neighbors upending their political landscape. This event is NOT a NOVEL CRISIS of FREQUENT, UNRANDOMIZED REPETITIONS WITH SEVERE IMPACT on our national (and shared neighbor) interests.

    THE 4Gs, by this mute silence, evidence INCOMPETENCE OF CRISIS MANAGEMENT of small turbulent shifts in their environment – hardly the qualities Kee Chiu advocates of national survival skills among our peasants needing to be nimble of “global mindset” and “global-skills” cultivation.

    Motherhood preachings are easy. What about crisis management of the real thing now among 4Gs wanting to lead? I suspect the dumbed shepherds are drowning in turbulent seas faster than peasants if there is a major novel crisis ever erupted.

    The 4Gs political aristocrats are mainly emerged from the back door – USELESS and till now unchallenged internally.

    VOTE IN OPPOSITION next election to save this country.

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  • 2 quick on the uptake:

    I think SDP sometimes is too quick on the uptake. Talk is easy.
    Ah Juan takes a backseat and someone else lead? Goh Meng Seng to be the leader or it will be the son of JBJ?

    This is SG. The situation is not the same as Malaysia.

    Dont forget Mahatter and Anwar many more of the outstanding old timer in PH were once UMNO people. Its just not the same.

    Also at the start there is a clear indication that Mahatter will be their leader. Handing over to Anwar will be another story for another time.

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  • oxygen:

    @ 2 quick on the uptake

    SO WHAT IS YOUR OFFER OF THE ALTERNATIVE? Silently rot and die off together?

    2 quick on the uptake: I think SDP sometimes is too quick on the uptake. Talk is easy.
    Ah Juan takes a backseat and someone else lead? Goh Meng Seng to be the leader or it will be the son of JBJ?

    This is SG. The situation is not the same as Malaysia.

    Dont forget Mahatter and Anwar many more of the outstanding old timer in PH were once UMNO people. Its just not the same.

    Also at the start there is a clear indication that Mahatter will be their leader. Handing over to Anwar will be another story for another time.

    The choice is binary – do or die. The frozen collapsed secondary housing market is grim warning of what might be in store for us ahead IF WE IGNORE WARNING SIGNS OF IMPENDING DISASTER – a disintegrated economy buried under the rubble of and held hostage to a collapsed housing market.

    The weakest without adaptation ability dies first without putting up a fight for survival. THINK ABOUT THIS FOR YOURSELF, MATE.

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    NOTICE how the Malaysians accept their Indian Chiefs with Grace…Singapore Oppositions should LEARN how to accept a Leader who Motivates and Galvanise the People…

    IF and that is a BIG IF…Dr.Tan will be willing to leave his BAGGAGE behind and stand as an Independent or an OPP Party…He seems to be the MOST LIKELY Candidate to do JUST that for a TERM until the OPPOSITION gather enough strength to RULE as it “SHOULD” ie “Democratically” and NOT the way left behind by an Evil Man and his LEEgal Corruption

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  • Singapore tsunami:

    In other words, they learned to walk before they ran.

    we say that THAT is only true for normal countries with some semblance of some democracy.

    we say that THAT does not apply to Singapore since it is a one familee dictatorship.

    because familee after GE2015 is being seen as rotting to high heavens, the time is right, and Singaporeans are that special breed of humans who can do it, that is, run before walking.

    in other words, GE2019 if that OPPOSITION alliance for coalition New Government is in place and local OPPOSITION fights pap cheats under alliance umbrella, under alliance ticket, pap dies and New Government forms.

    let us remove negative thoughts since Dr Mahatir PH has shown it can be done. let us think big. no harm trying.

    do we think Dr Mahatir had it easy pulling PH together? do we know how many naysayers (saying no way PH can win BN) he had to convince.

    so Dr Chee, forget the past, look forward to the future. think big. if GE2019 again is to be member of parleement, may we say gently the end result is going to be the same. zero for SDP. right now, every morning, we are combating pap PA paid IBs who keep telling 70% sheep Dr Chee of SDP no way can lead since he is only 30%+. BUT we tell these pap PA paid IB Ljs. never underestimate the Singapore tsunami. once Dr Chee wakes up and works toward finalization of the OPPOSITIONcoalition, you pap PA paid IB Ljs shall be jobless.

    Dr Chee, doing more of the same is going to give more or less the same. we are getting old. why not do something different. REMEMBER how the tsunami starts? need that little bit of momentum. then, GE2019 pap shall be history and many of pap Ljs and pap Cbs run road with their S$m.

    let’s not analyze too much. let’s just do it. we all die one day. do it and live without regrets. Dr Mahatir PH has shown it is doable.

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  • Singapore tsunami:

    Believe:
    Yes make it happen.

    Stop making excuses.

    If the Malaysians can do it in a country with a very large population and with their Bumi policy,then so can we.

    Malaysians regardless of race all united against the ruling party for similar reasons.

    Put the people firat and you guys will be able to put aside your differences.Don’t worry about who gets what after you win but focus on toppling PAP.

    Make better use of ALL forms of social media and come with your own manifesto once you have agreed to form a coalition.

    Make sure you have good speakers to put across your arguments.

    Learn from PH on engaging voters.You can easily find relevant videos on u tube.

    thanks bro. exactly our sentiments.

    we have watched all the GE14 rally speeches of Dr Mahatir. he is the best. right from the get go Dr Mahatir said fight to topple BN and his rally speeches were focused to that end.

    as we all know today 2018, clown pap is stinking to high heavens.

    the time is ripe for the picking. GE2015 was a fluke shot never to be repeated. only pap PA paid IBs keep telling the fake news.

    everyone else affected by rotting clown pap cronyism nepotism legalized corruption knows now is the time and clown pap days are numbered.

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  • Live cast:

    Can you oppositions all start the meeting by broadcasting the talks live… we want to see who the spoilers and clowns are .

    Someone keep count on who does not want it to go live. And why.

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  • UniQ:

    Good Start. Remember work on the line-ups and do not blow the trumpets too early. Work behind the scene, Singaporeans can feel the passion and the heart to serve during the campaign. Avoid dilution of votes, this will be the game play in the coming GE.

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  • LIONS:

    Yes,SDP BOLEH!
    Will Dr.Chee be our Dr M?
    United OPPO WILL BE THE IMPETUS FOR AN UNITED SG,thats not to be taken lightly.

    I am totally for An Oppo Coalition here.
    If it happens,its gonna be a TSUANMI!

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  • Spot on:

    @ 2 quick on the uptake

    Well said. U hit the g spot.

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  • LIONS:

    Frankly,the *differences* among the oppo here is chicken feet compared to Anwar-DrM episode.
    If Anwar can forgive Dr M n Dr M can humbly seeks peace with Anwar n his family for the OPPO CAUSE N COMMON GOOD OF MALAYSIANS,i dont see why it is difficult for our oppo leaders to COME N WORK TOGETHER.
    To me,its just pride mostly.

    I will be frank here.
    If oppo cannot UNITE THEMSELVES,they shud not ecpect sg voters to unite behind a fragmented oppo,ya?

    Why shud sgs support those who dont offer each other support?

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  • A Nation Of Dumb Parrots:

    The key problem is not due to lack of choices of opposition members to take over PAP but rather dafts are too stupid and wimpy to make the correct choice.

    The country has been on steep decline for over a decade, after two elections, spineless dafts continue to choose the party that milked and screwed them.

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  • Be wary n alert:

    Dont broadcast your plans & manifestos either.
    PAPs are watching n listening theyre getting read to thwart any big plans the alternative parties havein store.
    And you can be absolutely sure PAPs will plan devious scams to make it difficult or impossible to even qualify to run in a political campaign
    So keep mum till the time comes.
    May God Bless You all.

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  • Too Timid , Too Selfish:

    The system produced people who are too timid and selfish.

    This explains why at people all seem so timid and lack of social justice.

    Better migrate and withdraw all for money.
    This is how to avoid a hdb depreciation and unable to afford retirement.

    SG is safer than other countries.
    But you also cannot afford to retire here . So being a safer place does not mean you can retire here.

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  • 木头一样棒:

    得空拿镜子照一照, 效果肯定一样。

    爸都糕咬 一级棒:

    看到这个贴文,好像是看到了蠢材!

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  • Bad Boy:

    After this malaysia ge tsunami, CCP also scared shitless.

    Quite sure CCP will forever never allow China people to vote.

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  • Botched Down:

    Somehow, I get the feeling that CSJ is being botched down by dead horses. For him and for Singapore, he would be better off jumping into a big bus or buried dead horses.
    He is no longer young, better see to it fast.

    We look forward to him being the next minister.

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  • HarderTruths:

    Al you f**ked up oppos claiming your own greatness and quarrelling among yourselves shows none of you are fit to be chosen as MP’s

    One thing about pappies no matter you hate them or not they work as a TEAM. Oppo work as individuals that is why you FAIL.

    You will always FAIL because of your BIG HEADS and SMALL BRAINS.

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  • Like oxygen said, do or die:

    I believe we have a consensus ( Pakatan Harapan ), @ Believe, @oxygen, @patriot of Temesak,@Singapore tsunami, @Live cast,@LIONS.., cheers.

    Quote,

    ” LIONS:
    May 27, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    If oppo cannot UNITE THEMSELVES,they shud not ecpect sg voters to unite behind a fragmented oppo,ya?

    Why shud sgs support those who dont offer each other support? ”

    The link,
    Your future is dim but you can change it « Opinion « TR EMERITUS
    http://www.tremeritus.com/2018/05/15/a-letter-to-younger-singaporeans-your-future-is-dim-but-you-can-change-it/

    Malaysia is making Singapore look very bad – States Times Review
    http://STR.com/2018/05/16/malaysia-is-making-singapore-look-very-bad/

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  • 3MDB:

    If Singapore can produce a Opposition Genius like Mahathir, it will be no problem uniting opposition.

    But Singapore most prominent is WP which don’t have a Mahathir.
    How can I prove this?

    You place LTK on the left and Mahathir on the right, side by side and compare.

    What do you see?

    You see a wannabee beside a proven LEGEND.

    Mahathir is internationally famous and respected.
    LTK leh? He is an unknown.

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  • jelly bean:

    SDP can take the lead yet again to unite the oppo.
    there is no point trying to fight the PAP when you are in-fighting among yourselves;others will laugh.

    Opposition must unite in order to be able to lead the people towards CHANGE.
    DONT HESITATE SDP!

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  • Cheng Bock...:

    Forget about the Istana, go for the Premiership!

    Round up enough candidates for a good coalition and get rid of the ’4G followers’, they don’t have the balls in them to decide who can be PM!

    Sylvia Lim can then be our lady President (elected and not appointed of course!)

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  • Let’s be fair to Dr Chee:

    2 quick on the uptake:

    I think SDP sometimes is too quick on the uptake. Talk is easy.
    Ah Juan takes a backseat and someone else lead? Goh Meng Seng to be the leader or it will be the son of JBJ?

    This is SG. The situation is not the same as Malaysia.

    Dont forget Mahatter and Anwar many more of the outstanding old timer in PH were once UMNO people. Its just not the same.

    Also at the start there is a clear indication that Mahatter will be their leader. Handing over to Anwar will be another story for another time.

    Why Ah Juan take back seat?
    That’s insulting!
    Dr Chee holds certain views and he speaks and writes clearly about it.
    They demonize and bully and fix him from day one up till today.
    He has to contend with the entire machinery yet he stood his ground.
    That’s the mark of a true blue gutsy politician.
    It is extremely difficult to survive as an opposition politician over here.
    Everybody know that.
    Time and again they run him down as an oddity in politics.
    This nonsense of making him appear as a political “queer” was clearly orchestrated.
    And yet many unthinking fools fell for it hook line and sinker, unbelievably so gullible and easily brainwashed by the controlled media and the propaganda of the ruling clique.
    Dr Chee besides the late JBJ is symbolic of a politician with high principles.
    After decades he is still standing tall and fighting, unwavering, and he is paying a heavy price for it all.
    He and JBJ could have easily led comfortable easy lives with their qualifications and the jobs they once held by quietly nodding their heads.
    But they are different, they believe they could contribute to better the lives of the people.
    We are short of sincere politicians not the many temporary fake or “careerist” opportunistic yes-man politicians that fill the seats in parliament.
    Unfortunately they are trapped residing in a politically backward environment intolerant of dissent however well-intentioned it may be.
    Without doubt Dr Chee has earn the right to be in the forefront in the affairs of his country.
    Dr Chee is well qualified to be in the front seat and he will have his day.

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  • That’s the reality:

    The political culture here is that of a third world backward country.

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  • How encouraging!:

    https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/427327

    Dr M thinks regime change may happen in SG.

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  • C'est la vie:

    *****
    You have my vote LET’S BE FAIR TO DR CHEE.

    Well said, bravo.

    Dr Chee, without doubt would and could, stand toe to toe with any of the “crooks in suits” and give as good as he gets, and it’ll be an absolute welcome change to the pathetic, and almost banal showing in parliament, from the oppos, apart from the standout Sylvia Lim of course.

    Keep it going Dr Chee and keep believing; you will have your day in parliament, and you will certainly make them pay !!!
    ***
    *****

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  • Typical pain in the ar..:

    2 quick on the uptake:

    I think SDP sometimes is too quick on the uptake. Talk is easy.
    Ah Juan takes a backseat and someone else lead? Goh Meng Seng to be the leader or it will be the son of JBJ?

    This is SG. The situation is not the same as Malaysia.

    Dont forget Mahatter and Anwar many more of the outstanding old timer in PH were once UMNO people. Its just not the same.

    Also at the start there is a clear indication that Mahatter will be their leader. Handing over to Anwar will be another story for another time.

    Mischievously spelling Mahathir as Mahatter shows very poor upbringing. Living in a twisted crooked mental cage. Can never change anyway. No regard or respect for a 93 year old neighbor who manage to change a government. How could you be taken seriously with your cocky silly comments.
    Don’t liken Dr Chee to Ah Juan from the Geylang back alleys where you probably originate from.

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  • Thank you Oxygen:

    oxygen:
    May 27, 2018 at 1:15 pm (Quote)
    EVEN THE COLLECTIVE INDUSTRIOUS EFFORTS of ants working together can collapse a badly-constructed dam.

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  • madder than madhatter:

    Typical pain in the ar..: Mischievously spelling Mahathir as Mahatter shows very poor upbringing. Living in a twisted crooked mental cage. Can never change anyway. No regard or respect for a 93 year old neighbor who manage to change a government. How could you be taken seriously with your cocky silly comments.
    Don’t liken Dr Chee to Ah Juan from the Geylang back alleys where you probably originate from.

    respect 93 years old madhatter?
    are you also mad?
    sinkies ummm chai see!

    not i say one hor…its you who said so.
    so ah juan’s daddy had given him a name that conjures up images of geylang back alleys.

    you and you upbringing crap. my ass!

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  • Change We Must:

    Yes, SDP. We have to vote in more opposition MPs before talking about the opposition forming a coalition.

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  • IT'S NOW OR NEVER:

    Quote SDP: “But while unity in the opposition camp is desirable, it is important to note that there are significant differences between the Singaporean and Malaysian political scenes that make a replication of PH-like success in Singapore improbable IN THE IMMEDIATE TERM.” (My capitals)

    I disagree with this statement.

    Whatever “the differences between Singaporean and Malaysia political scenes” the next GE (2021?) is the OPPORTUNE TIME for the disparate opposition parties to PRIORITIZE THE NATIONAL INTEREST, SINK PARTISAN differences and FORM A UNITED FRONT to contest the election SINGLE-MINDED (i.e. to throw out a despotic regime.

    The toppling of the BN regime after over 60 years continuous undemocratic and corrupt rule is welcomed by not only Malaysians but also countless Singaporeans have also suffered for as long under authoritarian rule by an aristocratic and corrupt (nepotistic and cronyistic) regime. PH’s victory serves as a beacon of hope for us. While this hope is fresh and burning, the Opposition has the best chance of success at the next polls – if they think and act for the broader national interests. It’s now or never.

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  • Rest Propeller:

    LTK WK is the bast**d PAP 2nd… not intend to coalite with others opposition party….his term end with billion for his retirement. Happy with million billion..he will never want to cooperate with SDP CSJ

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  • Calling Dr Tan Cheng Bock.....:

    Please take the lead and call for a meeting of all Opposition Parties and form
    a United Opposition to contest the next General Election.

    Agree on a common manifesto and logo (Hammer preferred).

    Don’t waste time, get down to work as GE may be called early (2019).

    No single Opposition Party can take on the Whites alone.

    Malaysia’s GE 14 is a shining example!

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