The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) is ramping up its pre-election outreach efforts with walkabouts at several constituencies in the North and West. The SDP conducted its annual Chinese New Year walkabout at several markets and hawker centers around Marsiling, Bukit Panjang, Yuhua, Bukit Timah and Bukit Batok.
SDP in its Facebook post on January 19 (Sun) mentioned that the party received a great reception from the locals during the walkabout at Bukit Timah.
SDP Chief Dr Chee Soon Juan took to his own Facebook – after walking the ground and meeting the residents in the constituencies – to address some issues faced by senior citizens who are still working in their sunset years to make ends meet.
He expressed his gratification for the dedication that the elderly has brought, and promised to care for them in their retirement age.
During the media interview at Bukit Timah Food Centre, Dr Chee said that the party is tackling three hot-button issues for the next general election, mainly relating to the raising of GST rates to 9%, population target of People’s Action Party (PAP) government, and the withholding of the people’s Central Provident Fund (CPF) savings.
These issues were highlighted in the party’s pamphlets which were handed out to residents during the walkabout.
“We have been going on for these three issues, and lo and behold, whether is it a coincidence or not, we will let you people figure out. The PAP has become big on these issues as well.”Dr Chee
On the issue of GST, Dr Chee commented, “Mr Heng Swee Keat in his PAP convention last year…come out and said, they have to address the GST because if he doesn’t, the opposition will be doing that.”
“And what we have been saying, you cannot continue to do this because GST is a regressive tax, it is not fair to the middle and lower income group,” he added.
He added that the party will continue calling the PAP out on its antics and their exploitation of taxpayer’s monies in measures such as Pioneer Generation Package and Merdeka Generation Package which have been used as a reason to raise taxes.
SDP chairman Dr Paul Tambyah also addressed the lift issue at Marsiling Rise, sharing that there are some indications that the lifts for blocks 115 and 119 will stop at every level with the effort of SDP and the residents – after more than ten years of feedback to the authorities.
It was earlier reported that the residents at Marsiling Rise has appealed to the authorities to install the lifts at their respective blocks over the years have so far been unsuccessful. Member of Parliament (MP) of the Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC Ong Teng Koon even said that the cost would be too high for upgrading the lifts.
Following this, SDP has led the online petition calling for the Housing and Development Board (HDB) to install lifts in Block 115 and 119 Marsiling Rise that serve every floor.