Monday, May 16, 2011

SDP to contest in Tanjong Pagar in next General Elections


The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has revealed its intention to contest in Tanjong Pagar GRC in the next election.

During a session to thank volunteers yesterday, SDP’s Secretary-General Dr Chee Soon Juan laid out plans for SDP to increase its ground work in the four constituencies the party had contested together with Tanjong Pagar GRC:

“Let us get to the ground and let us convince the people of Sembawang, Holland, Bukit Timah, Bukit Panjang, Yuhua and, if I may add, Tanjong Pagar that we are worthy of their support, worthy to be their political leaders, and worthy to be their public servants.”

Tanjong Pagar GRC has been uncontested since it was formed in 1988. It was helmed by PAP strongman Lee Kuan Yew who is 88 years old this year and likely to retire by the next election.

Dr Chee also called on SDP volunteers and members to build on the foundation by working the ground:

“There is no shortcut. We need to work and work hard,” he said in his presentation. “We need to invest our time on the ground. We need to expend our energy. That’s the only way that we are going to get things done and earn our support.”

Though the SDP did not win any seats in the election held on 7 May, it managed to increase its share of votes by almost 14 percent, the largest margin among all opposition parties.

According to statistics from online monitoring company Brandtology and interactive media firm Tribal DDB, the SDP is more popular online among young Singaporeans than the bigger Workers Party and is a party to watch in the future as it continues to attract young, educated professionals into its ranks.

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