The parliamentary elections are just around the corner and it is time to find out about the various political parties that will be running in the upcoming elections.
Who are you? What do they stand for? What is your track record?
In this series we will cover everything you need to know about the party so that you can better understand what is going on before you cast your vote.
After the collapse of the People & # 39; s Action Party (PAP), the Worker & # 39; s Party (WP) and the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) we will deal with the Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA).
A brief history of SDA
The SDA was founded in 2001 and was the first coalition in Singapore after independence. According to reports, the SDA was created to achieve a two-party political system.
At that time, the SDA consisted of five opposition parties, including the Singapore People & # 39; s Party (SPP), the Singapore Justice Party (SJP) and the Singapore Malay National Organization (PKMS).
Chiam See Tong, the general secretary of the SPP, was the chairman of the SDA. Chiam was a very productive opposition leader with over 40 years of experience. He was the second opposition member ever to be elected to parliament.
SDA started to break out in 2007 when NSP left to pursue its own goals.
In 2010, the SDA's alliance with the Reform Party (RP) collapsed after a document containing the conditions for membership leaked.
Desmond Lim from SPP was among those who spoke out against RP membership. Lim bumped into Chiam and withdrew from SPP to join SJP as its chairman.
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In 2011, the SPP withdrew from the SDA and Desmond Lim succeeded Chiam as Secretary General of the SDA.
Before GE 2020, talks about a new alliance with four opposition parties failed. Currently only SJP and PKMS remain in SDA. However, Sec-Gen Lim has announced that it plans to step down after GE 2020.
What do they stand for?
SDA's mission is "Service before Self". The party is committed to charitable, welfare-oriented measures.
The Caring Community of the Dedicated Local was founded under Lim to distribute over 5 million aid packages to people in need in Asia.
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The SDA manifesto for GE 2020 aims to "enable all Singaporeans, not just a privileged few, to live better lives".
This includes fixing the "broken" CPF system, tightening immigration, introducing a progressive GST system and reducing inequality.
What do S & # 39; poreans think about SDA?
The SDA's welfare-based policy appeals to the low-income section of Singaporeans. Ethnic minorities are also represented by parties within the SDA.
Guidelines such as the GST and CPF overhauls proposed by the SDA aim to reduce the high cost of living for Singaporeans. Those who live below average income will benefit most from redistribution campaigns.
However, the SDA flies under the radar of the public. In a 2013 report, the residents of Potong Pasir expressed admiration for Lim's sincerity, but doubted the SDA's ability to deliver on its promises.
Results of past parliamentary elections
The SDA had a strong start. The first election in GE 2011 received 12% of the population and 13% in GE 2016.
Under the leadership of Chiam, the SDA was given a seat in Parliament by the Potong Pasir single member Constituency (SMC).
However, the SDA lost its seat in parliament and saw its participation in the referendum decline as the SPP left the coalition.
The share of SDA fell to 2.78% in GE 2011 and to 2.06% in GE 2015.
Where will you compete?
In GE 2020, the Democratic Alliance of Singapore will compete in an electoral department: the Pasir-Ris-Punggol GRC, in a three-way battle with the PAP and the People & # 39; s Voice Party (the only one to date).
Led by a group of five, SDA will deploy candidates like Desmond Lim and Harminder Pal Singh.
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