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 other political parties in Singapore, the last part of our series takes a look at Singapore's youngest opposition party, Red Dot United (RDU).
A brief history of the RDU
Red Dot United was founded in May 2020 by former Progress Singapore Party members, Ravi Philemon and Michelle Lee, along with other former members of other political parties. RDU is the youngest political party in Singapore.
Apparently, when the RDU was founded, it only took a few days for the PSP to announce that the two people had resigned from the PSP.
Ravi was previously editor-in-chief of The Online Citizen and senior editor of The Independent Singapore. Before joining PSP, he was a member of the National Solidarity Party (NSP) and previously the Singapore People & # 39; s Party (SPP).
He was one of ten people named in a controversial video by a designated member who claimed the PSP was funded from foreign sources, an accusation that the party has contested.
Photo credit: Red Dot United
Since then, he has said that the video was not the direct cause of his decision to stop, but "a series of events" associated with the incident.
Michelle was formerly a member of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) and was an SDP candidate for Holland Bukit Timah GRC during the 2011 general election.
When she left the PSP, she expressed that during her time at the PSP she was unable to reconcile political and family commitments, as she worked in many areas of the PSP, from communication to to other basics.
When asked why they both decided to start a new party rather than join existing opposition parties, Michelle said that the duo “sees a certain space in the (political) landscape and that more and more opposition parties are needed in Singapore.
Since the founding of the RDU, Ravi has been the RDU's general secretary, while Michelle has chaired the party.
What do they stand for?
In its political recommendations entitled "A Charter for Our Future – Captains of Our Own Life", the party stated that it wanted to help the Singaporeans in three ways to be the "captains of their own lives and their own families".
The three most important ways are to improve your life and relieve anxiety, create more options and prepare for the future.
RDU said that individuals should be allowed to withdraw all of their Central Provident Fund (CPF) money at retirement age. This will give seniors the opportunity to “live their lives with dignity” and the flexibility to create their own retirement plans, it said.
To increase the birth rate in Singapore, the RDU said the government should create jobs to develop family-friendly measures such as tax breaks, relief or work permits.
Paid parental leave should increase from the current 18 weeks to 26 weeks, and each parent must take at least eight weeks.
Red Dot United wrote that unpaid housework should also be recognized. CPF contributions should be made to parents who choose to stay at home to look after their children.
There was also a call to stop the impending increase in the GST rate from 7 to 9 percent for the next five years.
What do S & # 39; poreans think about RDU?
Red Dot United is committed to freedom of expression and "captains of their own lives and their families", which is important in Singapore, where Singaporeans have expressed that the ruling party has the primary say in the country's politics.
On their Facebook page, they campaigned for their vision of being the voice of Singapore in parliament.
For the Singaporeans, they see the RDU as another place to challenge the guidelines introduced by the ruling party PAP. It helps to have a different ear and voice from the opposition side.
Photo credit: RDU / Facebook
RDU members include people from all walks of life, and Ravi added that they would invite Singaporeans from all walks of life to join the party.
“We are not an elite political party. We recognize that everyone is valuable and we welcome all Singaporeans to join us, ”he said.
Where will you compete?
Like the PSP, this year's general election will be their first, and they had proposed candidates to compete in the five-seat Jurong GRC – the only constituency in which this GE will run.
The team consists of Michelle Lee, Ravi Philemon, theater director Alec Tok, legal engineer Nicholas Tang and entrepreneur Liyana Dhamirah.
The RDU team has admitted that it will be a tough fight against Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam's team.
Tharman has been a member of Jurong GRC since 2001 and was the best performing PAP constituency during GE 2015. He received 79.3 percent of the vote against the Singapore First Team.
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Selected image source: Red Dot United