Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tan Jee Say suggests merger of SDP and NSP

Tan Jee Say: NSP and SDP should merge

by New Asia Republic on Tuesday, 10 May 2011 at 17:01
Translated by Donaldson Tan
This is a non-verbatim translation of Xin Min report 《民主党陈如斯:我曾向吴明盛提议 民主党团结党合并》 dated 10 May 2011.

SDP Heavyweight Tan Jee Say

Mr Tan Jee Say of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) told Xin Min that he discussed with Mr Goh Meng Seng over the potential merger of the SDP and the National Solidarity Party (NSP) after the General Election 2011.

Mr Goh is the Secretary-General of the NSP.

Mr Tan expressed his desire for greater opposition unity and that both the NSP and SDP may merge to form a substantial force in Singapore's political landscape.

"Together, NSP and SDP can form a stronger and more credible slate of candidates. The synergy arising from building on each candidate's knowledge and competency in differential professional field would allow us to better serve the electorate," he told Xin Min.

Mr Tan said, for example, the Towkay image of the NSP complements the Western image of the SDP. In order for both parties to share resources or even merge, some practical problems must be resolved first.

Mr Tan added that he does not regret joining the SDP. In fact, he felt it was an honour to provide an economic policy solution for the SDP.

He also said that he will spend the next 5 years studying the challenges Singapore face and will stand for General Election 5 years later.

"My priority is to investigate the issues of housing and public transport, followed by education and healthcare. However, I need more people to help me with this endeavour, so we can study the problems deeper and come out with effective solutions," he said.


Mandarin Transcript: http://lifestyle.omy.sg/News/Local+News/Story/OMYStory201105101540-243824.html

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