Dr Chee Soon Juan had just announced that SDP will not be contesting the Punggol East by-elections.
I am completely elated and jubilant with the turn of events, and I would like to take my hats off Dr Chee and SDP.
Deep within my heart, I had always thought that SDP’s strategy was to gain media traction from this episode, to put themselves in the limelight again, to remind Singaporeans of their existence and growing importance, before they would then decide to renounce standing for the by-elections. And I had to admit that as things went on, my confidence in this belief was starting to wane as I wasn’t certain if my belief was accurate. I was starting to have doubts. I had even commented about how SDP would need to act to remove Dr Chee, or whoever the mastermind was – if indeed SDP was to proceed to contest. But what a turn of events.
But thank you Dr Chee, and thank you, SDP. At the same time, I am embarrassed that I had actually doubted SDP and Dr Chee.
When I first read the announcement all plastered over my Facebook wall, I let out a yelp! Dr Chee and SDP’s timing is immaculate and whatever strategy they had in mind – it was well played.
Who would ever thought that a few seemingly negative media attention can be overturned just by this one announcement – Dr Chee had announced, “In politics it’s as important to listen as to speak. The people have spoken and we have listened.” By this one statement, Dr Chee had reinstated his influence and leadership and also solidified his position, and SDP’s stature as one of the dominant political parties to watch out for. At the same time, this shows that SDP is a party that is willing to listen, to consult, and at the same time, be open and flexible – SDP and Dr Chee has managed to score a lot of political points with today’s announcement.
Congratulations, SDP. And congratulations, Singapore, for the hope of Singapore’s political future.
I do not know if this whatever had transpired thus far was intended, or not. But either way, for me, SDP has done well to stand tall, be open and be transparent – this is exactly what we need in the state of politics in Singapore. For far too long, the state of politics in Singapore has been mired with secrecy, distrust, dissent, and a lack of sincere and bold participation. Today, SDP showed Singaporeans that perhaps, they are ready to move forward to become one of the political parties that Singaporeans should look out for – one that could helm the state of political affairs in Singapore.
I say, the General Elections 2016 will be one that we should watch out for – the Worker’s Party, National Solidarity Party and Singapore Democratic Party can together, bring the renewed energy and influence that Singapore needs to bring us into the new era.
Tomorrow, we will refocus our attention and throw our support together behind the Worker’s Party to rally for political change and dynamism in Singapore. And to let PAP know, the people are back. And we won’t let you push us down.