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GE 2011

SDP to CNA: Why was SDP left out of ‘special edition’ of Talking Points

3rd March update: CSJ asks for SDP v PAP debate on Talking Point

The Singapore Democratic Party launched it’s Alternative Economic Programme and also released a Shadow Budget which is a first for a political opposition party. Not to mention it’s efforts on-the-ground and online for years (of course you wouldn’t know that by just relying solely on the mainstream media).

SDP should have been invited to the special edition of Channel News Asia’s Talking Point that aired last night. But they weren’t. News of this exclusion has been spreading. The use of the Internet alone may not win elections but it sure goes a long way in helping to counter and reveal the crap by the mainstream media, among other things.

Another thing from last night’s programme. Apart from representatives of the National Solidarity Party, Workers’ Party and Reform Party, there were two from the ruling party. Oh wow, i guess the PAP needed more voices to get its message across because they’re being discriminated against by Singapore’s pro-opposition media. 🙄

SDP asks for explanation on why it was left out of Talking Point
Singapore Democrats, 28 Feb 2011

The Producer
Talking Points
Channel News Asia

Dear Sir/Madam,

We note that a ‘special edition’ of Talking Point which aired last night featured representatives of both the ruling and opposition parties where they discussed the upcoming general elections. The parties are the People’s Action Party (PAP), the National Solidarity Party (NSP), the Workers’ Party (WP) and the Reform Party (RP).

We note also that the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) was not invited to the programme. This is not the first time that the SDP has been excluded from Talking Point. In a previous episode the programme also invited the NSP, WP, and RP but kept the SDP out.

It is unfortunate that Channel News Asia (CNA) has chosen to discriminate against the SDP. Given that the station is the only broadcaster in Singapore, it is important that your news organisation discharge its journalistic duties responsibly and in an even-handed manner. The decision to exclude us from the programme smacks of a political agenda in line with that of the PAP’s.

We protest such blatant and reprehensible discrimination in the strongest manner possible.

As an active and registered political party in Singapore, we are entitled to an explanation from CNA. As a news outfit funded by the public, CNA has a duty to explain to its viewers why the SDP was left out of the programme.

We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Chee Soon Juan
Secretary-General
Singapore Democratic Party


Why is SDP excluded from CNA programme again?
Singapore Democrats, 27 Feb 2011

There will be a television programme on Channel News Asia’s Talking Points tonight where the PAP and some opposition parties talk about the general elections and other issues. And yes you guessed it, the SDP was kept out.

The opposition parties present were the Workers’ Party (WP), National Solidarity Party (NSP) and the Reform Party (RP). This is not the first that the Singapore Democrats have been excluded from the programme.
There was a similar episode a few months ago where the same parties were invited to appear except the SDP.

This is especially strange because it is the Singapore Democrats who have articulated a clear and detailed alternative programme to the PAP in our economic manifesto It’s About You and we are the only opposition party to present a Shadow Budget where we specify programmes for the nation.

We have been the ones to advocate Minimim Wage in place of the PAP’s Workfare and we have proposed the Singaporeans First Policy instead of the present Foreign Talent Policy. We have also taken clear positions on various issues on National Service, the COE system, education, etc.

These are substantive alternatives to the PAP’s policies. Aren’t they all worth debating? And yet the PAP has repeatedly refused to answer our calls for a public debate, both on the traditional and new media.

And when it does debate opposition parties, it leaves out the SDP.

The obvious question that one must ask is: What is the PAP afraid of? Why does it fear letting voters hear our ideas and proposals?

The agenda is clear: The Singapore Democrats must be kept out of Parliament at all costs – even if it means having to be so blatant in singling out the SDP so Singaporeans do not get to watch and hear us.

This is why we put in so much effort to make this website the most visited party website in Singapore. We know that the media will especially discriminate against the SDP. It is the effort to overcome this handicap that drives us on.

Channel News Asia and the rest of the media will continue to make sure that they keep the SDP out of the mind of the voters. We ask you, our supporters, not to let this happen. Help spread the word about this website.

Help make this elections a truly historic one where you, the netizen, change the course of history in Singapore and get the SDP into Parliament – something which the PAP, from its actions, fears the most.

You have the power to do it. The best part is that now you also have the means!

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