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 our previous installments on People & # 39; s Action Party (PAP), Workers & # 39; Party (WP) and National Democratic Party (NDP), it is time to take a look at the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) .
A brief history of PSP
Photo credit: PSP / Facebook
The Progress Singapore Party (PSP) was founded in 2019 by Dr. Tan Cheng Bock and eleven other members were founded, including some former People & # 39; s Action Party politicians.
Tan was a member of the Ayer Rajah constituency for 26 years before leaving politics in 2006. Previously, he had contested the 2011 presidential election, in which he won 34.85 percent of the population, but with a small lead lost 7,269 to Dr. Tony Tan.
He retired at the age of 79 to take on his former party.
Between March and May 2020, the party was affected by at least four resignations and expulsions. Tan downplayed the exits, arguing that the party wants members to "do something for the country, not for themselves."
Her most notable member is Lee Hsien Yang, who joined the PSP about three months ago. Lee Hsien Yang is the estranged younger brother of current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
What do they stand for?
The PSP believes that its manifesto offers a better alternative to the current problems that Singapore faces as a nation.
They call on the current government to prioritize Singaporeans, reduce and limit dependency on foreign workers in Singapore to solve problems of overload, social stress and low wages.
They also called for more support for local SMEs by giving them priority in public sector procurement and boosting their investments.
They also advocate improved unemployment benefits for COVID-19 and higher Comcare payouts, up to $ 50,000 CPF payouts at age 55, a government-paid Medishield Life bonus, and freezes exempt from tax and fee increases for the next five years, as well as basic needs from the GST.
Photo credit: PSP / Facebook
Overall, the PSP believes that the current government's stubborn approach is hampering Singapore's progress. They want to change this by encouraging young Singaporeans to build a more inclusive, compassionate, and democratic Singapore.
What do S & # 39; poreans think about PSP?
During his time in parliament, Tan Cheng Bock was not known for it exactly like other PAP MPs.
The six terms of Dr. Tan was marked by controversial arguments. In the early 1980s, Dr. Tan opposed the educational streaming system, arguing that it could layer and create class differences.
He was the only PAP MP to vote twice against the Nominated MP program in 1997 and 2002. In 1999, he even refuted several senior government ministers, including then senior minister Lee Kuan Yew, when he asked the government to downplay the emphasis on foreign policy-making talent.
After the PSP was founded, many Singaporeans believed that the party was only Dr. Heard Tan Cheng Bock, whom the party tried to convince otherwise.
A remarkable milestone was when they campaigned for people's support on their first party tour on September 29 last year when they were in all 29 constituencies in Singapore.
The aim of the tour was to inform Singaporeans about the PSP and to show that the party belongs to all of its members.
Political observers had said Dr. Tan had to give voters confidence that his new party would outlive him.
"(Dr. Tan) cannot be a one-man show. If he's a one-man show, people wouldn't go shopping for the party. So he has to make sure he has credible people, a strong team, ”said former PAP MP Inderjit Singh.
Where will you compete?
This year's general election will be its first and the party will have 24 seats in nine constituencies – West Coast, Tanjong Pagar, Choa Chu Kang, Nee Soon GRCs and Yio Chu Kang, Marymount, Kebun Bahru, Hong Kang North and Pioneer SMCs.
They are the party with the most candidates on the opposition side, followed by the Labor Party with 21 candidates.
Tan Cheng Bock, who participates in the West Coast GRC, has previously said that his previous work as a MP in Ayer Rajah has contributed greatly to this area. As a result, he is a well-known face on the west coast and very much hopes that his party will win.
Just last week, Nee Soon GRC MP K. Shanmugam described the PSP campaign for Nee Soon GRC as "half-hearted" and said that the PSP had offered to exchange Nee Soon with the Reform Party for another constituency.
The RP subsequently accused PSP of refusing an agreement to challenge Yio Chu Kang SMC, but PSP has since rejected the allegations.
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Selected image source: Progress Singapore Party