SDP Launches 4Y1N Campaign for GE in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has wrought major and irrevocable changes to the politico-socio-economic landscape in Singapore.

The SDP will address these changes and concerns to prepare our nation for the post-Covid future.

For example, in view of the rise in retrenchments and pay cuts in the aftermath of the Covid crisis resulting in heightened income and social inequality, the SDP has set out a plan to protect the ordinary people from being further disadvantaged and exploited.

We spell out a vision that will take Singapore into a post-Covid19 era which will allow the country to adapt and take advantage of changed circumstances and where the average Singapore will play a central role.

Specifically, we will launch our ‘Four Yes, One No’ or 4Y1N campaign which will be the focus for our GE campaign:

YES #1: SUSPEND GST

Given the economic fallout from the Covid-19 crisis, the SDP proposes that the GST be cut to 0% until end 2021. The GST is a regressive tax and will hurt the poor more than the rich. Also, suspension of the GST will stimulate the economy and help businesses. It is not smart economics to raise the GST to 9% as proposed by the PAP.

YES #2: PAY RETRENCHMENT BENEFITS

SDP will fight for retrenchment benefits to be paid to workers retrenched as a result of Covid-19. Under the SDP RESTART (Re-Employment Scheme and Temporary Assistance for the ReTrenched) programme, if a worker is retrenched, the government pays 75% of his/her last drawn salary for 1st 6 months, 50% for 2nd 6 months, and 25% for the final 6 months (capped at the median wage).

YES #3: PROVIDE INCOME FOR RETIREES

SDP will push to provide retirees over 65 with a monthly income of $500. Under the SDP Retirement Income Scheme for the Elderly (RISE), the bottom 80% of retirees, many of whom depend on their working children for financial support and especially those who do not have working children, will receive $500 every month.

The Household Expenditure Survey shows that the average retiree household receives nearly $500 as income from their working children. With retrenchments and pay cuts expected to rise as a result of Covid-19, working adults will find it even harder to provide for their own children and take care of their retired parents at the same time. By providing $500 for the average retiree, RISE will also reduce the financial pressure of younger working generations.

YES #4: PUT PEOPLE FIRST

By insisting on calling for a GE in the midst of the Covid-19, the PAP shows that it is willing to sacrifice public health and safety for its own political interests. As a result, the second surge of infections occurred which has affected thousands of Singaporeans and caused a lockdown of the city. The mishandling of the virus spread, eg. ordering Singaporeans not to wear masks if they are well, and not having addressed sooner the dire living conditions of our foreign workers in their dormitories despite early warnings, has made the situation for Singaporeans much worse. SDP will ensure that the PAP puts the people’s interest as top priority.

NO TO 10 MILLION POPULATION

Our current population is 5.7 million and on course to hit 6.9 million in a few years’ time. Imagine if the PAP gets its wish to jack the number up to 10 million by bringing in more foreigners. Already, it cannot competently contain the outbreak of Covid-19 which spreads faster as the population density increases. Also, our economy has become overly dependent on foreign workers especially PMETs. SDP will push to stop the PAP from raising our population to 10 million and displacing our PMETs with foreign ones.

These 4Y1N issues address the concerns of our people on two levels: One, they take care of the immediate necessities of Singaporeans during and immediately following the period of the Covid-19 pandemic and, two, they ensure that the longer-term problems that confront our nation are dealt with. The SDP will focus on these ideas and proposals in our GE campaign and will elaborate on them in the coming weeks and months.

Singapore Democrats

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16 Responses to “SDP Launches 4Y1N Campaign for GE in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic”

  • NotMyProblem:

    Nothing would beat PAP’S tagline for this pandemic general election “VOTE PAP OR YOU DIE”.

    PAP really screw up handling of this covid-19. A gold medal from the WHO was confiscated, even though it was bought with $750,000.

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  • trublu:

    YES ,MY SDP!YES,YES,YES!!!

    GIVE MONEY FROM RESERVES TO THE PEOPLE,NOT THE PAPple or RICH BUSINESS-men???

    each time busnessmen/govt glcS KENA SCREWED by cyclical reasons,GAHMEN SUDDENLY BECOME SO,SO GENEROU$$$ and suck money from RESERVES to HELP the RICH so that they REMAIN RICH?!!!
    AS IF BY DOING SO,IT IS DIFFERENT FROM GIVING HELP TO THE RETIREES,THE JOBLESS N NEEDY sgs who need to the MONETARY HELP TO EXIST unlike rich businessmen who still KEEP THEIR BILLION$$$$!!!!!

    YES,SDP,YOU IS THE CAN!!!

    I VOTE YOU WITH MY HANDS AND FEET RAISED HIGH!!!
    I KEE CHIU FOR YOU!

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  • its time for change:

    agree 100% to all if the above..
    plse support SDP.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    I am in Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, my family and I will vote for SDP.

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  • Get Real..:

    SDP will be lucky to get 25% of the votes, 75% of the people are not blinded by jealousy and their personal incapabities. Easy to blame gahment and everyone else for their own sad lives..

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  • SG Boleh:

    Pls don’t make promises you cannot keep later. On Yes#2, shouldn’t the employer be paying retrenchment or severance pay? Why should tax-payers be made to shoulder this responsibility?

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  • Sinkies:

    NO NO NO to 10,000,000 people ………Too crowded from house to road to train………MORE will DIE MORE will DIE!

    People must vote wisely……..can Pr vote quick Pr also vote change constitution……..pr also vote!

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  • 9.9 million OK ?:

    ah chee said
    “no to 10 millions…..”
    so chee is Yes to 9.9m population
    in ag ?

    in fact SDP should strongly assert
    5.7m is already too much too many
    too crowded in most densest city !!!

    and further stress
    let natural population growth or shrinkage
    takes its natural course …
    steelly shout “Stop new fresh migrants
    from this moment on…”

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  • More need to be done:

    More need to be done for those hard hit …
    Take better care of the bottom 30%…also the PG and MG.
    The social divide is getting worse..many of them poor and needy find it difficult to cope with the high cost of living here..especially the elderly…

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  • Realistically:

    @ Singapore Democrats

    Please explain why is the MONEY to come from to fund your so-called 4Y1N idea?

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    One more “no” needed – no more PAP MPs. VTO.

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  • WakeupSG:

    SG heartlanders staying in HDB flats will be hardest hit post-pandemic because of the extended CCB which lock down economic activities affecting jobs, pay, cpf contribution etc due to paps incompetence in containing virus spread!

    Yes SDP! IT IS A GOOD START!

    HOPE THAT SDP CAN SAVE & DELIVER THE RETIREES, THE RETRENCED, THE REST THROUGH THE PANDEMIC!

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  • Realistically:

    Correctionn: “Please explain WHERE the money would come from?

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Realistically:
    Correctionn: “Please explain WHERE the money would come from?

    From the Possible Trillion Dollar Reserves leh!!! unless it is all an ILLUSION created to CON and like fools, the 70% fell for it…

    SEIZED all Properties and ASSETS of every Minister and the Lee-ill-gotten billions…should they try to “Chow Lor” or runroad

    It may be THERE or NOT at ALL…better to be Poor & Happy than asset rich and STRESSED with a possible Lightning Bolt striking from above and leave us worse off than before

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  • Realistically:

    @ patriot of TUMASIK:
    May 1, 2020 at 10:50 am (Quote)

    “From the Possible Trillion Dollar Reserves leh!!! unless it is all an ILLUSION created to CON and like fools, the 70% fell for it…”

    With only a few contested seats, even if the SDP were to win everyone it contests, you think it is enough (in MP nos.) to raid the reserves?

    And how do you know that Chee would not be helping himself to the reserves IF one day he comes to power which I think is IMPOSSIBLE?

    “SEIZED all Properties and ASSETS of every Minister and the Lee-ill-gotten billions…should they try to “Chow Lor” or runroad”

    Chee got the guns & judiciary behind him to do all that?

    “It may be THERE or NOT at ALL…better to be Poor & Happy than asset rich and STRESSED with a possible Lightning Bolt striking from above and leave us worse off than before”3″

    I think you (& the SDP acolytes) stop deluding yourselves, as you have been doing for the past 30 years or so…………and face up to the bankruptcy of the emperor without clothes regime…………..which would almost, for sure, get another term in the next GE.

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  • GST:

    Cigarette,alcoholic beverages …. 10%GST
    Milk powder, all diary products, rice, cooking oil … ZERO GST
    The Rest: remaining 7%GST

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