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Opposition leaders comment on survey

April 5, 2011 - 6:07pm



Singaporean youth not familiar with opposition parties


“...In terms of the survey results, I’m not disheartened at all. We’ve been stepping up our walkabouts since January, a lot of people know who we are, at least in the areas we’ve been active in.” – Reform Party secretary-general Kenneth Jeyaretnam. His father, the late JB Jeyaretnam, founded RP and was previously the leader of Workers’ Party.

“Bearing in mind that we are one of the smallest political parties in Singapore and also currently the youngest – less than seven months old – I don’t think I should be expecting too much, correct?...we have a long way to go to work towards having recognition by the electorate and working to earn their trust.” – Socialist Front secretary-general Chia Ti Lik

“We are the most active and constructive opposition party in Singapore. We are confident that if the traditional media is not controlled, the outcome of your survey would be vastly different. 

“As it stands, the top two parties in your survey are also the ones that the media give most coverage.” – Singapore Democratic Party secretary-general Chee Soon Juan

“We hope that the public will recognise our efforts and recognise that we’re working hard for the people. We hope that those with reservations or are neutral (about the SDA) will give us a chance to serve them.” – Singapore Democratic Alliance secretary-general Desmond Lim

“The findings are encouraging for WP in that there appears to be high awareness (more than 90%) of WP among those surveyed. However, more work still needs to be done regarding the significant number who had neutral views towards us.

“It is gratifying too that nearly 70 per cent believed that opposition members should take up more than 20 per cent of seats in Parliament. This suggests young people understand the need for a more balanced Parliament to check the ruling party.

– Workers’ Party chairman Sylvia Lim

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