July GE is Reckless, SDP Cautions PAP Against Making the Same Mistake Again

There is speculation that the General Election will be called in July.

The country is just emerging from an unprecedented two-month lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The government is still trying to figure out how to handle this period.

As Mr Chan Chun Sing has admitted, the Elections Department cannot even come up with rules governing the GE (and we are already in June) because it has to “work under the challenging constraint that there are many scenarios.” He added that given the “evolving situation”, rules set presently may become invalid by the time the GE is held.

Such is the uncertainty that calling for a GE in July while the pandemic and its aftermath is still evolving would needlessly jeopardise the safety and health of Singaporeans.

As such, the SDP cautions against rushing to hold elections during this tentative period. Ministers and government agencies need to focus all their attention and resources to ensure that another breakout of the virus does not occur as it did in some other countries.

As the SDP had cautioned in March against the PAP’s opportunistic rush to hold a GE whereby ministers started their election campaigns taking their eyes off the ball and causing a massive surge in infections, we again warn against the government making a similar mistake.

We had said then that there will be a time to hold elections when the virus is under better control. We also mentioned that with the entire world taking meaningful steps to overcome the pandemic, the viral spread would be curtailed. Such an outcome would probably happen in the later part of this year. Our forecast is materialising.

As the GE does not need to be held until April 2021, there is no need for it to be squeezed in July 2020. It can still be comfortably held in the last quarter of this year.

This is, of course, assuming that the PAP prioritises the safety and public health of Singaporeans over its own narrow political interests.

The PAP committed a grave error in March when it ignored the SDP’s warning against preparing for an election which led to tens of thousands of infections and a lockdown which has caused enormous damage to our economy including business closures and job losses.

The SDP again calls on the PAP to focus on getting the reopening of the economy right before recklessly calling the GE in July.

 

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31 Responses to “July GE is Reckless, SDP Cautions PAP Against Making the Same Mistake Again”

  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    I disagree…if there is an ELECTION so be it…oppositions must be ready for the eventuality and FACE it well Prepared…

    Pound the streets-visit homes-…plan and strategies with other parties of substance NOT the Jokers surfacing only during elections…beware of Moles who will infiltrate to wreck the oppositions and they may be in party CEC…

    Remember the PAP has a War Chest and dogs who attack on COMMAND!!!

    To all Patriots & Sheeple who lost their “THINKING” ability out of Fear…

    I am Not asking you to be a Chia Thye Poh a school teacher… a PATRIOT Par Excellence locked up longer than Mandela a KNOWN “Terrorist”

    All I am asking is that You Stand UP!!! and be counted as your Nation is on a spiral spin into a ShitPot after the Decades of SPINNING by a Bastard…

    When the SHIT hit the ceiling FAN!!! the planes @Seletar will take off…the Condos will be empty as Talents??? Leave for HOME so will the slaves…

    Back to the GRIND… we did it ONCE we can do it again with a better-educated society that NEEDS to have the stamp in their eyes REMOVED and the FEAR FACTOR threw into the ShitPot left behind…

    We need NOT be the Best and Number ONE in everything we do

    Just be NORMAL Singaporeans like we once were People with GUTS not a Sheeple CONditioned by FEAR from a BASTARD!!!

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  • uselesstankinl:

    JUST VOTE THEM OUT FOR GOOD.

    you have a VIRUS in gov and the most important thing to do is ” RID” THAT VIRUS..

    The VIRUS will infect GROUP THINK…

    NO WAY , NOT ANY ONE OF THEM CAN BE AROUND, JUST LIKE THE VIRUS.

    The whole PAP GOV IS INFECTED !!!!

    MORE MONEY, SHAMELESS, THIEVES IN WHITE,

    YOU NAME IT, THEY ARE INFECTED !!!

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  • Goodie Bags for NDP kiddies:

    ”Ministers and government agencies need to focus all their attention and resources to ensure that another breakout of the virus does not occur as it did in some other countries.”

    New Pap want to expend resources to give out Goodie Bags for NDP.
    They think sinkies are below 5 years old.
    And to do Pandemic GE.
    So they are asking—Covid, what Covid?
    Pandemic, what pandemic?
    Bargain Hen send in the SAF to dorms on Apr 9th to tackle Covid—-daily there are still 500+ cases.Mission not accomplished!
    The enemy is still alive and thriving.
    Why Hen want to use SAF to pack goodie bags for kiddies when people are dying and being infected at this rate.

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  • Realistically:

    Aiya, must first call out the emperor without clothes as to why need to hold GE prematurely…….when it is not due at the latest April next year. Maybe hold in January or February 2021 oso not too late.

    Like I say oppos got no brains to debate the emperor without clothes and his coterie of bootlickers, apple polishers etc………how to get elected leh?

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  • opposition dude:

    SDP, PAP isn’t listening to you or anyone else lah. In their opinion the GE has to be held asap since they know that the longer they wait the more jialat it will get for them.

    So let them call for it, there is nothing we can do anyway. But let us be united and send them a clear signal once it’s over that it was their wrong decision and a very costly one to them. Otherwise they will just take it that it’s normal and that they were right in calling for it.

    PAP only understands when things happen because actions speak louder than words. If you guys have forgotten, 2011 is an excellent example. They guai guai reduced their pay “willingly”, demoted 2 former PMs into mere MPs as well as 3 good for nothing ministers.

    Always remember, PAP needs a crystal clear signal from voters in a GE before they do anything.

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  • MarBowling:

    Great comments by SDP!

    Why the hurry to hold a GE when there is STILL 9 months MORE! In the midst of Covid 19, most citizen are concerned about JOB LOSS, FAILED BUSINESS, the emergence of the 2nd WAVE of Covid 19 given the MISHANDLING of the dormitories fiasco and whether SinKapore is able to come out in good shape aftermath Covid 19, SO WE ASKING Mai Hum and his PAPigs WHY ARE THEY SO HARD UP OF GETTING A STRONG ERECTION?

    Mai Hum and Heng Sweet Cake, IS ERECTION OR THE LIVELIHOOD OF THE CITIZEN MORE IMPORTANT?
    If both of you cannot answer NOW, and if you STILL WANT a to hold an ERECTION in July, WE WILL THEN GIVE YOU A VERY STRONG ANSWER! Period.

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  • PAP Weakness exposed:

    Another verbal diarrhea by the ex-General, Mr CCS – Cotton Comes from Sheep.

    It the election department is not ready means because of “work under the challenging constraint that there are many scenarios”, then the assumption is that Election Department is not bothered with public safety, if it will just listen to the PAP Govt to have election in Jul 20.

    Singaporeans, do you want vote for such a party ?

    PAP is wants to win the election, regardless of who is infected with virus or dies.

    So irresponsible and selfish. Time to vote PAP out.

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  • Asd:

    I think will excercise consitution right to protect one’s life and not go

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  • NotMyProblem:

    To the PAP, this Covid-19 restriction is a disadvantage for the alternative parties. It limits the size of rallies, if there is one. It disallows all face-to-face canvassing except for PAP’s candidates. PAP’s candidates could use other excuses to meet voters.

    Technically, this pandemic general election will be a “BLIND” General Election.

    PAP would call the GE before the F1 night race. F1 organiser expressed objection of closed door race, no spectators no race. So PAP needs to lift restriction for F1, but cannot do it before the election.

    PAP also needs the F1 for in-coming flights, need to fill hotels and give business to F & B. Tourism Board needs to collect levies.

    The bottom line is PAP wants a BLIND GE, and lift the restriction to allow for spectators of F1.

    BTW, has the DORSCON changed? Still ORANGE, different from Circuit Breaker. Since Circuit Breaker came after DORSCON Orange, so after CB lifted it is now DORSCON Orange, phase 1 ?!!

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  • Pioneer:

    To all oppo parties, no one can stop them if they go ahead with GE in July. Right now, there is no way citizens and oppos can stop them from holding early GE. All of you must get your “kar-sun” (Cantonese for tools & equipment) ready for the fight. Not much time left.

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  • what mandate?:

    without solving this term’s dire problems, theyre so greedily already asking us for a new mandate ? what good had they done for the good of us citizens these last 4 years?
    yes we cant wait to give them the FISH OFF mandate.

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  • Thor:

    If more sgs fall sick with COVID after the GE,will the PAP act like gentlemen and take responsibility?

    The more you look at how they behave,the more nauseating it is!

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  • Merobok:

    Why are the opposition parties so afraid of the GE to be held in July in the midst of the pandemic?
    In fact, this is the most appropriate time for the Opposition to gain a few more GRCs or even SMCs! The minds of voters are still fresh on the mistakes made by the Govt on handling the Covid19, with many other issues still fresh such as the CPF issue, Foreign Talents issue, HDB values dropping as it reaches 40 years, etc.
    Why waste this opportunity to bite the bullet and cast your vote wisely! Frankly speaking, voters by now made up their minds on who to vote! Nevermind the lack of rallies, campaigns etc.

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  • mike:

    Should let the GE happens. And see if it will be like South Korean election which is currently suspected of being rigged due to IT matters connecting to Huawei.

    Election should happen soon and now.

    Let the people deserves their government, and the government deserves her people. Election is the last thing we Sinjiaporean can remind ourselves that we are still a democracy nation, that the gahmen is still being elected by her people to milk us.

    No one else is to be blamed, we made the choices.

    So let the GE happens, as soon as possible.

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  • Dr. Chan:

    @SDP
    I think this time maybe better for PAP to win GE. The upcoming few years will be plagued with the lingering pandemic and bad economy. If the opposition take over, then the oppo has to deal with it. Then PAP will say – see the oppo cannot handle one, they no good one…..
    Then I think hor just let PAP continue screw up for next 5 years lah. Everyone can point finger at them and not the Oppo lor.

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  • Erections Agents:

    You ask any lawyer and they will tell you it’s too easy to conjur up an excuse for anything. They are likely working on covering all questions released on the internet to preempt any accusations.

    Erection Agents are key .
    Or the majority are really daft.
    Wink wink

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  • Graba:

    Pappies are graba now……….nervous very nervous……..cannot fight the invisible enemy……….how is eng hen ever going to fight a real enemy.

    Eng hen are you ready? Not ready it’s time to call it quits!

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  • Singaporean awakening:

    The persistent ground trsting of pap hoping to get sinkies to give them another 5 years to rid sinkies n clean up sin assets. The salary n sibling dirts smearing campaign centered on ho ching should put sinkies on their alert. Question like is that how cpf is drained? Is that why lhl putting his own lawyer as AG of AGC n his sub miN as AG of AGO? Why halima gets a new member into the presidential council. Why POFMA was put to take away adm of laws from the judiciary into pap hand? Is that indicative that lhy n lwl may have their parents plps to protect them from the gorilla accomplists n to stop citizens from quering ho ching salary? To find out the ultimate truth pap has to be kicked out n put into proper court before sin is bankrupted now cpf is totally gone n the start to cleanup the reserves?

    If citizens still remain skeptical. check the internet as quickly as possible for your $ r buy traps to shiput up foreign media n their records?

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  • Hmmm:

    It is expected of the oppositions to play around the self-favoring rules and conditions of PAP when forwarding their own agenda, evolving it when necessary due to rule changes. They will have to know what is legally allowed and what is not while marketing themselves. Actions such as this are one, promoting the party as an alternative to the talentless and non-fair playing party, while keeping the PAP pressured with a narrative that the public can find distasteful and not of a public serving agenda.

    They will have keep up these articles in reminding the public of the PAP’s atrocities, since the PAP will not stop the self promotion and branding management on their end. Probably the oppos too will have find other ways and channels to reach out to the various audience groups.

    Thinking further though, I am wondering how shld the oppos get support from the PRs, FTs and new citizens, since they do constitute a significant proportion of the voting group AND these group of ppl are likely benefiting from having PAP in power. How can one overcome this advantage? Any ideas? This is the one group that is very hard to capture (most of them are like $$$ mercenaries, IMO, and dun give a damn about nurturing a proper place to live, although plz dun be fixated on the word mercenaries and only think of them as such, since this could limit the ideas to approach this issue)

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  • trublu:

    Not only reckless,it is VERY reckless!

    Just make arrangement for a TEMPORARY CARE-TAKER GOVT,if necessary,and hold GE in a proper manner later.

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  • take care of the people first:

    Better take care of the people who are suffering…
    Many are finding it hard to survive,especially those who lost their jobs since 2020 or are on no pay leave.
    Election can wait…not a priority.
    Help those citizen in urgent need first…Comcare should work faster and give out urgent support quickly…taking too long now.

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  • Cotton Chun Sheep CCS:

    Incompetent things resort to extremities to stay on.

    Truely capable, no need all the bullshit.

    Extreme advantage needed to win.
    Proving incompetence.

    Erosion.
    Sinker Pore

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Cotton Chun Sheep CCS:
    Incompetent things resort to extremities to stay on.

    Truely capable, no need all the bullshit.

    Extreme advantage needed to win.
    Proving incompetence.

    Erosion.
    Sinker Pore

    GRC itself already tells you they are not capable. It was supposed for minority races to enter parliament but useless Chinese were the ones using GRC to enter parliament.

    Rookie Murali should shame those boneless Chinese! MP Murali should tell his colleagues to lick his ass and learn something from him.

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  • Kunlungrugagahuloooodah:

    Dr. Chan:
    @SDP
    I think this time maybe better for PAP to win GE. The upcoming few years will be plagued with the lingering pandemic and bad economy. If the opposition take over, then the oppo has to deal with it. Then PAP will say – see the oppo cannot handle one, they no good one…..
    Then I think hor just let PAP continue screw up for next 5 years lah. Everyone can point finger at them and not the Oppo lor.

    Clap clap clap……..

    This is oppo and that of their supporters’ mentality !

    So nice, very nice!

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Dr. Chan:
    @SDP
    I think this time maybe better for PAP to win GE. The upcoming few years will be plagued with the lingering pandemic and bad economy. If the opposition take over, then the oppo has to deal with it. Then PAP will say – see the oppo cannot handle one, they no good one…..
    Then I think hor just let PAP continue screw up for next 5 years lah. Everyone can point finger at them and not the Oppo lor.

    Bro, we may NOT have a country by then leh!!!…oppositions may not win to form a govt but with good oppositions, the shit in white can be kept on their TOES and we can then KNOW if the coffers are empty or half-filled or half empty…Heaven has eyes if the Opposition forms the next Govt…

    The PAP in 1959 took over with an Empty Vault and in Debts even after selling X’mas Island where we could retire in leisure for those above 65 hor!!! what say you doc???

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  • Better to solve problem first:

    Better to solve the existing hardship problem caused by the CB.Only right thing to do.
    Many are suffering now.More will lose their jobs.More priority to solve their problem then election.Don’t take the people for granted.
    If die die must have election now…maybe it is OK to change to a new Team to try solve the people problem first.
    May turn out well with a new not so Smart but down to earth hardworking for the people Team……
    Who know a LKY may even arise again….

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  • Dr. Chan:

    @Patriot of Tumasik, Kunlun…..
    Can’t you read between my lines? I am being cynical.
    I want PAP and their IB to read this.
    PAP will think carefully if they should want to continue to be in the government, screw up, get blamed…..for CCP virus out of control, economy crashing…..
    Or just let the oppo take over and take the blame.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Pioneer:
    To all oppo parties, no one can stop them if they go ahead with GE in July. Right now, there is no way citizens and oppos can stop them from holding early GE. All of you must get your “kar-sun” (Cantonese for tools & equipment) ready for the fight. Not much time left.

    Agree to bro,…watched a LIVE u-tube presentation by PSP recently introducing their CEC members and open Q & A…Dr Tan Cheng Bok and Co will do well and is ever ready for any eventuality regards to GE

    SDP-Lim Tein- & Kenneth should JOIN FORCES and have such one too leh!!!

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Dr. Chan:
    @Patriot of Tumasik, Kunlun…..
    Can’t you read between my lines? I am being cynical.
    I want PAP and their IB to read this.
    PAP will think carefully if they should want to continue to be in the government, screw up, get blamed…..for CCP virus out of control, economy crashing…..
    Or just let the oppo take over and take the blame.

    Ok, point taken a little shallow lah!!!

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  • July Election:

    July Election is decided.
    Let the people decided whether they want a new Team in place to lead Singapore for the next 5 years or the same old team and Policy.
    Last chance for the opposition to unite and put their act together.
    Choose capable people who will work for you with a heart ..not party to be your next MP.
    Vote wisely.

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  • Not reckless lah:

    Not reckless lah..
    Give opposition some fighting chances…very kind already.
    Better make use of it….

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