More interestingly, while SDP claims to offer a choice for voters to choose a different type of candidate, it offers a carbon copy of PAP's.
"WP should move out so that SDP could move in... er I mean, WP should move out so as to avoid a three-cornered fight...er I mean, WP should meet up so that we could talk..."
SDP tried to reach out to WP but to no avail yet, says Chee
SINGAPORE Democratic Party (SDP) chief Chee Soon Juan said last night that the party had e-mailed the Workers' Party to suggest a meeting to avoid a three-cornered fight.
Why should there be a three cornered fight. It is a foregone conclusion by many that in order to truly avoid such, the WP should have the first shot. They have been working for this constituency for many years. Any other opposition party who comes in now are doing it from scratch. Not to mention that would be throwing a spanner into WP's works. Such a hypocritical statement from Chee.
Speaking to The Straits Times last night, the SDP secretary-general said it had told the WP initially that it could meet on Saturday.
But after the Writ was issued yesterday, it suggested that talks be brought forward to tomorrow.
WP chairman Sylvia Lim replied, he said, adding: "There was no indication that they wanted to meet."
Dr Chee said he was still hopeful that talks could still take place.
However, WP chief Low Thia Khiang separately said last night that it was not only up to WP to avoid a three-cornered fight.
Exactly! SDP talks as if all other parties should avoid a three cornered fight by allowing its candidate to contest.
WP had contested the seat previously, he added, indicating it had therefore prior claim.
Earlier, Dr Chee said that SDP is committed to offering a credible candidate in Punggol East.
More crap from the mouth of Slimey Snakey Chee. That is implying that WP has no credible candidate to offer. Not that SDP has any credible ones for that matter.
Sources indicated that medical doctor Paul Tambyah is emerging as a front runner candidate.
He said the party would present its alternative policies to Punggol East voters, stressing that Singaporeans have found it difficult to cope with rising health-care and housing costs.
Speaking earlier yesterday, party chairman Jufrie Mahmood said that the party's outreach to WP and also Mr Desmond Lim, secretary-general of the Singapore Democratic Alliance, was in the hope that they will give way. He hoped a compromise could be reached, in particular with the WP. But if that did not happen, "we go in".
There you have it! It isn't about avoiding a three or more cornered fight. It is about putting SDP's own selfish agenda forward.
"We are hoping we can persuade the WP to give another flavour to the opposition side. Now, you only taste the WP. By getting another party, people can compare. Put some belachan inside, not so bland," he said.
Such a weak analogy from the President of SDP? Speaks volumes of its members and/or candidates, doesn't it?
If at all, SDP's candidates have been the bland one. They are the same stereotype, just like the PAP formula. Both PAP and SDP depend on the "out of touch" intellectual guy, who hardly knows what the heck is going on the ground.
Adding more bland food to food that's already bland won't help. What belechan?
On what would make the SDP reconsider, Mr Jufrie cited two factors: If the WP had the better candidate, or if a stand-down would "open the way for cooperation" in the next general election.
What is a "better candidate" is a matter of his opinion.
As mentioned, SDP's candidates are no different from PAP's. Yep, intellectually smart, full of impressive CVs, elitist, and way, way out of touch from the grassroots level.
What better candidate talking Jufrie?
He added that SDP's candidate would be unveiled in the next few days.
Sources told The Straits Times that Dr Tambyah was the front runner because of his stellar resume. The other contenders named earlier were Dr Vincent Wijeysingha, 42, and Dr Ang Yong Guan, 57.
Dr Tambyah, 47, a senior consultant in infectious diseases at the National University Hospital is arecipient of a Public Service Commission Merit Scholarship (Medical).
See what I mean? Hey, if we want another intellectual elitist who has had ties with the Public Service Commission, we might as well vote the PAP. What difference and choice is offered to voters that SDP is mouthing about, when it actually carbon copies the exact type of candidates PAP has been minting for ages?
He has spoken at SDP rallies, and worked on the party's health- care policy paper.
Ha ha. Worked an academic paper and that makes him a good candidate for heartlanders like residents of Punggol East? Helloooo? Isn't that the PAP's style of introducing candidates?
Dr Tambyah said yesterday that he will "seriously consider" contesting if chosen.
If elected, he would champion policy reform on issues such as health care, housing and transport, as "these are bread-and-butter issues that matter to Singaporeans".
Seriously consider? Aren't those the exact words of PAP's candidate after he was named too?
Chee and gang are a selfish lot. They just want a place in Parliament badly. They are not interested in offering a different candidate, or even interested in the welfare of the residents of Punggol East.
Finally, note that for all the hot air talk about offering a "different type of candidate", SDP puts up an exact carbon copy of the PAP type - intellectual, elitist, academic smart, and out of touch with the ground.