He is presently the Executive Director of Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2), a non-government organization advocating the rights of low-waged migrant workers. Vincent also lectures and publishes scholarly papers on social work.
He joined the SDP because he realized he had a responsibility as a Singaporean to work for change. He participates in civil society work because he is concerned for the kind of Singapore future generations of Singaporeans will inherit.
“I cannot look the other way as more and more people experience the adverse effects of current PAP policies,” Vincent said when he joined the SDP.
His dual mission in politics is to alleviate the suffering of Singapore’s poor and to challenge the unjust conditions and circumstances that allow suffering to continue in our society. “An old lady, scrambling in the rubbish bins of our nation to eke out a living, is as profound an insult to humanity as it is possible to conceive,” Vincent writes in one of his many articles published on the SDP’s website.
Vincent, son of former Raffles Institution principal Eugene Wijeysingha, is perhaps best known for leading an SDP team in drawing up Shadow Budget 2011: Empowering the Nation, the SDP’s answer and alternative to the PAP Government’s Budget.
His erudition shows through in this document which has achieved history in that no alternative to the Budget has ever been published in Singapore. Shadow Budget 2011 can be downloaded free on the SDP website yoursdp.org.
The following directory of his public speeches will be updated regularly. A link to this blog post has been placed near the top right-hand corner of this page.
Political forum (CNA): here
Interview with Irene Ang: here
It's About You rally: here
Rally 1 (Apr 28, Yuhua Stadium): They never even asked us
Rally 3 (Apr 30, Woodlands Stadium)
Rally 4 (May 1, Clementi) Then I know the PAP has failed; This is home where I root myself
Rally 5 (May 2, Commonwealth Field, Holland-BT): Conquer your fear; a coil of rope
Version 1 (the best): here
Version 2: here
Version 3: here
A coil of rope (video, excerpt): here.
Rally 6 (May 3, Jelapang Road, Bukit Panjang): Let us speak now, before it's too late
Rally 7 (May 4, Woodlands Stadium): Are They Sorry?
Report, text and video: here
Video: hereRally 9 (Grand Finale) (May 5, Woodlands Stadium)
Video (initial portion): here
SDP Party Political Broadcast (May 6):
Extensive interview (text, published in Social Space, Oct 2011): here
Speech on Internal Security Act and Operation Spectrum (video, June 2, 2012): here
The ghosts of Whitley Road: An essay by Dr Vincent Wijeysingha: here