The Progress Singapore Party (PSP) today (June 29) presented its manifesto with the motto "You Deserve Better" for the upcoming elections.
The party registered in March last year is contesting its first general election. It is the largest opposition contingent that has 24 seats in nine constituencies.
In his foreword, PSP Secretary General Tan Cheng Bock said the party is addressing key issues related to Singaporeans, which are primarily high cost of living.
He noted that Singapore has been one of the five most expensive cities in the world for the past five years, but our wages have stagnated and the economy is weak.
In addition, the formation of COVID-19 was an enormous health and economic threat.
The government's response so far appears to be a patchwork of political optimizations without taking into account the fundamental factors affecting Singaporeans.
… Warming up previous guidelines is definitely not the way to go. We need a paradigm shift and are looking for viable alternative solutions for the future.
– PSP General Secretary Tan Cheng Bock
PSP believes that its manifesto offers a better alternative to the current problems that Singapore faces as a nation.
The 13-page manifesto outlines the party's vision for Singapore in three broad areas: business, social and political.
Here is a brief overview of the PSP manifesto:
1. Job priority for Singaporeans
- Introduce a quota for your ID card and a lower quota for your S-Pass and work permit.
- Review of free trade agreements such as the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA).
- Reduce dependency on foreign workers as this leads to congestion problems, social burdens and low wages.
- Limit the simple supply of foreign workers to get employers to invest in equipment or processes to increase productivity.
- Move towards a model with higher added value and higher wages.
2. More support for local SMEs
- More support for local SMEs, e.g. B. Priority in public sector procurement and increased investment in it.
- Direct support for SMEs in restructuring their business and efforts to go overseas.
- Reduce business costs to revitalize our industry and lower the cost of living.
3. Build a stronger social security network
- Improved financial support for the unemployed due to COVID-19 and increased Comcare payout.
- CPF withdrawal of up to $ 50,000 at age 55.
- Medishield Life premium to be paid by the government.
- Freeze tax and fee increases for the next five years and free basic needs from the GST.
4. More affordable houses
- Address HDB Lease Decay. En-bloc renovation for all old apartments and linking new apartment prices to income levels.
- Allow sale of en bloc rights.
5. System of checks and balances to prevent abuse of power
- Reduce the over-dominance of a single party with over 90% representation in parliament.
- Stronger alternative voices in parliament with different points of view and proposals.
- Ministerial salaries should be cut and linked to the average income.
- Public spending should be economical and large projects should be examined more closely.
- The civil service, including transport and utilities, should not be profitable.
- Independence of key institutions and appointments. Expand the President's oversight of other important public appointments.
- No conflict of interest with important public appointments.
6. Freedom of expression and opinion
- Allow to speak without fear or favor.
- Promotion of diversity of opinion.
- Relax the regulation of media and art.
- Check POFMA.
You can read the full PSP manifest here.
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