Don't be afraid to rock the boat at polls, says Singapore Democratic Party chief


Singapore Democratic Party chairman Paul Tambyah and secretary-general Chee Soon Juan in an online session with the media on June 24, 2020. - SDP/Facebook

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN): Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chief Chee Soon Juan urged Singaporeans not to be afraid to 'rock the boat' during uncertain times so that they can send a loud and clear message to the People's Action Party (PAP) at the coming election.

Said Dr Chee: "Singaporeans must understand that the boat is sinking. If you don't start paddling, if you just remain still so that you don't rock the boat, it is going to sink. It is already happening, even before Covid-19 hit, and it is going to continue and just worsen the situation."

Dr Chee, the SDP's secretary-general, made the remarks during an online session over Zoom on Wednesday (June 24), during which he fielded questions from about a dozen journalists. The session was also live-streamed on Facebook.

Dr Chee said Singapore has just come out of a very restrictive circuit breaker. The Government has spent some S$93 billion to help boost the economy, and help businesses and struggling Singaporeans, and "we have to paddle very hard right now to make sure we get to shore".

The hour-long session, chaired by SDP chairman Paul Tambyah, expanded on the party's "4 Yeses, 1 No" campaign message.

Dr Chee said the reason SDP organised the meeting was to talk about issues that affect Singaporeans "front and centre".

The party is calling for a suspension of the goods and services tax (GST) until the end of next year, for retrenched workers to be paid 50 per cent of their last drawn salary for 18 months, and a S$500 monthly retirement income for lower-income seniors aged over 65. - The Straits Times/Asia News Network

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