SDP brings opposition parties together to hear Pakatan Harapan experience

The SDP held a forum this afternoon where opposition parties came together to hear how the Pakatan Harapan (PH; Alliance of Hope) achieved its historic victory in the recent Malaysian elections.

The guest speaker was Mr Chua Tian Chuang, former Malaysian member of parliament and Chief of Information of Parti KeAdilan Rakyat (PKR; People’s Justice Party). The PKR is headed by prime minister-in-waiting Mr Anwar Ibrahim.

In describing how the PH came to be, Mr Chua said: “It’s been a long process that required a lot of patience and compromises. It wasn’t always easy but in the end we came together and managed to present a united front.

“The parties and politicians were initially reluctant to come together, but it was the people’s demand to see a coalition that helped bring about Pakatan Harapan.”

The PH comprises a coalition of four parties: The PKR, Democratic Action Party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, and Parti Amanah. It defeated the BN after 61 years of one-party rule in Malaysia.

The victory of the PH 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.

Some of the attendees cautioned, however, 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.

Nevertheless, all agreed that the process of putting together a unified opposition that can present a credible alternative to the PAP must begin.

The SDP hopes that today’s forum, which was by-invitation only, will facilitate this process.

In his welcome remarks, SDP Chairman Prof Paul Tambyah said: “We come from diverse backgrounds but there is much more that unites us than divides us. We all share the belief that things can be better, that we can and will have a democratic Singapore.

“We hope that this private session will inspire us to work together for a better Singapore for all.”

The road is long and the task is uphill, but the opposition must find courage and the discipline to overcome the barriers in order that Singaporeans can have a meaningful choice in who they want as their government.

All the opposition parties except the Workers’ Party were present. Dr Tan Cheng Bock, former presidential candidate, was to attend but had to tend to a family matter at the last minute. Members of civil society also attended the event.

The SDP will continue our effort to meet Singaporeans’ hopes of seeing a united and competent alternative to the PAP. The people can count on us to do our part.

 

Singapore Democrats

 

 

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24 Responses to “SDP brings opposition parties together to hear Pakatan Harapan experience”

  • Gan Loong Ching:

    It’s time WP stop being so selfish and arrogant. Don’t forget, WP is also an opposition party. If WP truly cares for the well-being of ordinary singaporeans, they should join in unity with the other oppositions. Pride comes before a fall. Don’t become the next party people hate after the PAP.

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  • be careful of clown pap mole:

    Some of the attendees cautioned, however, 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.

    whenever any such says cannot, walk away. clown pap mole.

    can or cannot does not matter. form the OPPOSITION coalition and let 70% sheep make the right decision.

    looking at 2018 rot in stinking sinking Singapore under clown and S$m gang, cannot yesterday becomes can today.

    sure can. go do it. 4 votes from us. confirmed.

    have the end in mind. see the joy in indicting clown Lj and his S$m gang members. see the joy in the revealing of how many bungalows they have with their political income. see the joy in the world knowing how departed evil lky has failed by instituting his fake kind of BS democracy.

    have the end in mind. sure can. cannot means from clown pap PA paid mole. we are true blue Singaporeans. we say can.

    just do it. form the OPPOSITION coalition. let 70% sheep do the rest.

    see the joy in clown and S$m gang run road without slippers without underwear. what joy. YES. we can. JUST DO it.

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  • What Happened to WP?:

    Too proud to attend?

    Could have at least send a rep!

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  • TH- $308 Billion?:

    How about $1K each for true blue Singaporeans as we celebrate our centennial in 2019?

    $300 handouts can only go Batam and JB and maybe Genting Highlands!

    Retirees and the Low Income need a real break!

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  • WP Getting Arrogant!:

    They should take the lead in forming a Coalition for the next GE!

    Maybe they are satisfied with the status quo.

    Disappointed with WP!

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  • Bapak:

    Agreed. United We Stand, Divided We Fall. It’s a pity, there is no total united in Sinkland.

    WP Getting Arrogant!:
    They should take the lead in forming a Coalition for the next GE!

    Maybe they are satisfied with the status quo.

    Disappointed with WP!

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  • HarderTruths:

    This is long overdue. Only by working together as one people do you stand a chance to get a few good people into parliament.

    I however think it is too late for any real change to materialise.

    There are enough rotten apples, pappy minions and FT to keep the balance of power as-is.

    There are enough ballsless voters who prefer the clowns-in-white rather than people with ‘no experience’.

    Not being negative – just realistic after more than 50 years knowing the local mentality.

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  • Ex WP Supporters:

    Gan Loong Ching:
    It’s time WP stop being so selfish and arrogant. Don’t forget, WP is also an opposition party. If WP truly cares for the well-being of ordinary singaporeans, they should join in unity with the other oppositions. Pride comes before a fall. Don’t become the next party people hate after the PAP.

    WP is actually infiltrated by PAP moles. I have suspected that the previous WP secretary-general was such a person, when he ousted JBJ and refused to help him out when JBJ needed his help most. He revealed his true colours during last year’s parliamentary sessions when the Dishonourable Son defended himself, and white-washed himself using the parliament instead of the high court. LTK instead of challenging LHL, had defended LHL by smearing and sneering the accusers instead of the accused. That’s why he had to step down as the leader for WP. He had lost his moral authority to lead the party.

    It looks like the present secretary-general of WP is of the same mould (mole).

    My family and I will not give any support or votes to WP any more.

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  • UniQ:

    That’s the way !!!

    Excellent 1st step !!

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  • kick out clown pap and S$ gang:

    Ex WP Supporters: WP is actually infiltrated by PAP moles. I have suspected that the previous WP secretary-general was such a person, when he ousted JBJ and refused to help him out when JBJ needed his help most. He revealed his true colours during last year’s parliamentary sessions when the Dishonourable Son defended himself, and white-washed himself using the parliament instead of the high court. LTK instead of challenging LHL, had defended LHL by smearing and sneering the accusers instead of the accused. That’s why he had to step down as the leader for WP. He had lost his moral authority to lead the party.

    It looks like the present secretary-general of WP is of the same mould (mole).

    My family and I will not give any support or votes to WP any more.

    bro, we agree with your sentiment. but, in the land of the blind, the one is king. so in a land infiltrated by clown pap moles everywhere, NTUC gic temasick SPH SMRT SPF and so on, any OPPOSITION is good opposition.

    so, despite fault of current WP, if WP v pap Ljs and pap Cbs, vote WP. otherwise clown pap and S$m gang continue to laugh their way to the bank for next five years at the expense of even your children and your grandchildren.

    vote WP if it is the only OPPOSITION in contest. otherwise clown pap and S$m gang continue to tell lies since they have mandate.

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  • kick out clown pap and S$ gang:

    Dr Tan Cheng Bock, former presidential candidate, was to attend but had to tend to a family matter at the last minute. Members of civil society also attended the event.

    we support all OPPOSITION.

    we remind Dr Tan CB, everyone grows old and dies, sooner or later.

    even the pap departed evil lky who schemed left right centre for political longevity died.

    what is the point?

    the point is, there is nothing to lose Dr Tan. lose that fear and be bold. we state our point. we seem to feel a certain fear in Dr Tan even though he has stood up to clown pap and S$m gang. lose that fear. be 110% bold. when 70% sheep feel the boldness CHANGE takes place.

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  • Bobo:

    Mr Chiam had made his effort to unit oppos before. But what had happened after that? We heard that his party was weakened by constant internal disagreements and disputes. The unstability of its party lead to lost of trust. PAP is more united as one and it has the experience in ruling Singapore, so people voted for them.

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  • Nepotic self gratifying legacy:

    When pap got absolute control, greed as advocated by the nepotist saw the chance of getting all self gratifying acts legalized n seat warming sealed the hope n blinded the vision of democracy as summarised by the threat publicly issued that opposing the nepotic regime r enemies who will be relentlessly exterminated. Many netizens have opined that PAP has betrayed n broken or at their best wayang with their election promises including those they have sworn in their oath of office in the name of their individual faith. If they can betrayed their faith, what will be the worth of their promise. Many wondered what legacy is left behind by the past political leader. It is simply the evils of nepotism in self gratification n greed. Mandate to govern has been taken by the main nepotists n all offshoots of separate nepotic line mushrooming like cancerous cells as the right to self gratification n glorification. If checks n balances prevail, such acts will be referred to abuse of power which is in reality the foundation of all corruption. With absolute power legalization is just a matter of passing the motion in the Parliament. In demcracy, mandate of power is given to govern in the interest of the citizens n their benefits not in self gratification personal or party. Any self gratifying policy should be approved n legalized by a National Referendum. This is just the same as appointing a finance officer with the power overseer the company finance. He cannot just simply finance himself which will be legally charged as he lacks the power to legalize his action like in politic.

    The fact that the political leader can publicly insulted citizenry to both local n foreign media that Sinkies r daft … n needed their imported Ftrash to kick their butts, openly threaten the citizenry that if those against their policies r their enemies n would be relentlessly dealt with, the order to pay $0.25 million bonus to a nepotist even though her performance is grossly atrocious, nepotic appointment to public institutions including wife, children, children in laws etc r substantial evidence of taking the mandate of power to include satisfying self n party interests n benefits n any public dissention would be the enemies n severely dealt with. The siblings accusation is evidence including the dissenter-enemy n the threat which ironically also include the Run like hell syndrome. Tan Wah Piow departing words summed it all.

    What SIN needs is not nepotism regardless of what generation of such shitheads. SIN needs I1S(ervice),T(ransparancy)n 4Ns (No envy, No Greed, No Derogation, No depravation (plp)) political leaders not generation of worse, worse n worst scumbags in accending order. The slate has been piled up with hardened shits for five decades. It is time to restore its…

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  • NotMyProblem:

    For the time being, it does matter whether WP is PAP’s team “B” or mole, let’s vote in as much opposition as possible.

    If we can manage to make PAP the Opposition, then we can start our selection again. Now we just vote against PAP, never mind who’s on the other side. If Oppositions cannot unite, let the people be united, to take back the country.

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  • calling gek more sai:

    gek more sai pls come in and join the fun.WP bashing lah.

    ex wp losers making history repeat itself > bash wp and make pap sure win.

    sdp can also wait long long if it thinks that wp bashing will result in them winning at the next GE.

    hahahahaha! pap sure win again! thank you ex wp losers!

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  • LIONS:

    WP again shows its parochialism very obviously.
    In fact,WP shud have taken the LEAD?

    I am totally disappointed with WP leadership.
    Remember,PRITAM accepted PAP invitation to sit on that stoopid committee for social mefi *responsibility* just months back?
    Is WP on oppi side in truth?

    Btw,i have given WP my support past GEs becos i strongly believe in an ALTERNATIVE VOICE that speaks on the VOICELESS’ BEHALF.
    I am admit my limit for WP has maxed up.

    I will abstain ne next GE unless there is a true oppo coalition.

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  • LIONS:

    And,BTW,if there is a COALITION N WP OPTS OUT,i will encourage my frens to vote for THE COALITION if it stands in my ward.

    This is my committment as a true blue sg.

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  • OPPO PWN OPPO:

    calling gek more sai:
    gek more sai pls come in and join the fun.WP bashing lah.

    ex wp losers making history repeat itself > bash wp and make pap sure win.

    sdp can also wait long long if it thinks that wp bashing will result in them winning at the next GE.

    hahahahaha! pap sure win again! thank you ex wp losers!

    Same pattern again from this bunch of ‘ex WP MEMBERS/SUPPPORTER LOSERS’.

    Just like during the last 2015 GE when the ground was ripe and sweet for more opposition parties besides the WP to grab a few seats at the polls, these bunch of losers raise their ugly heads to tarnish to good image of opposition politics in SG.

    Have to agree with you that the PAP will win big again at the next GE.

    SDP’s chance? if people stop believing in the WP, SDP will not fare any better.

    No, the oppo votes will not go over to the SDP.

    OPPO SINKIES SUPPORTERS PWNING OPPOSITION CAUSE.

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  • Not Unless:

    Not Unless theres a Sarawak report.

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    Indian Chiefs of all opposition parties MUST agree to a Big Chief…Crazy Horse for example…and Lead the Charge against the Fork Tongue in White splattered in Red the Blood of the people

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  • LIONS:

    We want a PHS.
    Pakatan Harapan Singapura.

    Majulah OPPO!
    CONTEST ALL WARDS INCLUDING N AJ.

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  • Malaysia boleh Singapore bodoh:

    What Happened to WP?:
    Too proud to attend?

    Could have at least send a rep!

    WP is PAP Team “B”. It was “set up” by PAP as a token opposition party. A vote for WP is really a vote of PAP.

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  • SG not Malaysian:

    Singaporeans are NOT malaysians.
    Despite having lots of commonality like both are under AUTHORITARIAN rule and both are the rare few countries left in the world that still use ISA, and both are ruled by one party for over 5 decades , a rare phenomenon in the world, and both claim to invented the original char kuay teow, chicken rice etc, Singaporeans are NOT! like Malaysians.

    It’s undebunkable that Malaysians live more freely than Singaporeans. They dare to voice up more than sgreans. I am not saying they have more balls.

    My PROPHECY :
    SINGAPORE WILL ONLY HAVE REGIME CHANGE USING EXTERNAL FORCES.
    THE DOMESTIC FORCES CAPITUALTED 53 YEARS AGO. DODOH BIRD.

    Singaporeans CANNOT BE RELIED ON FOR REGIME CHANGE.

    MALAYSIA REGIME CHANGE CAME ABOUT NOT BECAUSE OF THE TUN solely.
    IT CAME ABOUT because EXTERNAL FORCES like the USA exposed to the Malaysian people the CORRUPTIONS. The rest is history.

    I see Singaporeans NO UP in bringing regime change.

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  • SG not Malaysian:

    Malaysia boleh Singapore bodoh: WP is PAP Team “B”. It was “set up” by PAP as a token opposition party. A vote for WP is really a vote of PAP.

    Look at Program Singh. What has he done ?
    The best challenges come from the internet and not WP.
    THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS were raised by bloggers, not wp.
    I dun trust wp also.

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