MYT By-Election Appeal: Why We must All Continue to Resist

SDP’s Assistant Treasurer Dr Wong Souk Yee has filed an appeal against High Court Judge Chua Lee Ming’s decision to dismiss her application for a by-election in the Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC.

Some question the rationale of spending time and money on a matter that has little chance of succeeding. Here’s the reason why the action is important.

Never has the trust between the people and the government been so low. The price and tax hikes despite pre-election promises, the idea that our flats will ultimately become worthless despite assurances in the past, and the lack of meaningful ideas in taking Singapore forward have all contributed to the loss of confidence and appeal towards the PAP by the public.

As a consequence, the party has had to resort to increasingly desperate measures to keep its hold on power. The reservation of the Presidency for Ms Halimah Yacob – and then refusing to call a by-election when she resigns her MP seat – is the most glaring example.

The PAP also recently amended the Films Act and Public Order Act to give itself even more power to crack down on dissent. It is presently trying to further clampdown on online discussions in the pretext of dealing with “fake news”.

When we witness such an assault on the development of democracy and accountability in this country, we can either bow our heads in fearful silence or redouble our efforts to speak up and resist the autocratic measures.

For the SDP, the choice is clear. If we are loyal citizens who believe in our pledge “to build a democratic society, based on justice and equality”, then we must do what is right and necessary.

A singular action – like this appeal – may not by itself change much. But it is the accumulation of such actions, conducted in a determined and concerted manner not just by the SDP but by all who care about holding the government accountable, that will one day bring about a democratic system that we hope to see in our country.

So whether it is the patriot writing in exile, the academic doing battle in a parliamentary committee hearing, the NGO conducting a public forum, a group of activists publishing a website, or Singaporeans protesting in groups big and small, these are all different strands of resistance that while, at the moment, may seem like exercises in futility, will one day bring about meaningful change.

Democratic reform has always been the result of decades of lonely acts painfully and doggedly undertaken by those can see beyond the immediate present.

And so it is with the SDP and the present legal effort. The PAP government must be made to answer and explain itself in court why it contradicted the Constitution with its introduction of the GRC system.

If it is not challenged, it will only get bolder by making laws that are detrimental to Singapore. The question then becomes why those of us who knew better and could have done something remained silent.

If legal action is expensive, then let us all contribute to the worthy effort. If each and everyone of us donate a little, we, as a community, will be more than capable of standing up to the PAP. B a part of this community and donate to the legal fund for Dr Wong’s appeal. (Please click here.)

At this crucial juncture of our nation’s development, we must not bow our heads in dejection, we must not lose faith in the cause. We must, instead, persevere and continue to do what is right.

For we remain the difference between a future darkened by continued one-party rule and one that is democratic and full of promise.

Singapore Democrats

 

 

 

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17 Responses to “MYT By-Election Appeal: Why We must All Continue to Resist”

  • LIONS:

    SGS have a choice.

    WE can choose to remain A SHEEPLE or WE CAN VOTE TO BECOME ‘A PEOPLE’ once again?

    YOURS AND YOUR CHILDREN’S FATES ARE IN YOUR HAND?

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  • NotMyProblem:

    For the 30%, this is the time for you to show your support to somebody who is willing to fight for you.

    We might already know the outcome of this appeal, but we can not bow our heads in dejection. Let’s fight as a community, a united Singapore community. Let’s see to it that M-YT GRC residents get their rightful MPs and not a fake un-elected MP.

    I have contributed, you do it too!

    For the 70%, it is also good for you to tell your PAP to go for the by-election to prove that the PAP dares, that is, NOT BALL-LESS!!!

    PAP should not be afraid, since PAP appointed an Indian as a Malay President and dares to increase GST after next GE. This by-election could be a test balloon. If PAP could win this by-election, it can increase GST more than 9%.

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  • PARTY OF ACTION:

    SDP’s fight for democracy is our (the people’s) fight. SDP shouldn’t be fighting alone. Let’s contribute towards the worthy effort in whatever, though small, way we can.

    Here is an opportunity to put our money where our mouth – donate whatever we can! (Have just happily done it myself).

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    Again!!! why the SILENCE from the LEEgal sparrows??? The CONSTITUTION and rule of Law are at STAKE or in QUESTION…

    and a Deathly SILENCE!!! where got HOPE lah!!! if the LEEgal MINDS are cowards to even say something least of all to even ACT!!!

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  • LIONS:

    SDP IS MY PARTY OF CHOICE FOR LEAD OPPO.
    WP has neglected this leading role to the inertia of fence-sitters to consider voting the oppo.
    The last GE shows some reduction if support for WP at AJ.
    Next time,i expect more dilution,sad to say.
    WP LEADERSHIP must blame itself for preferring to remain parochial.

    Hope MORE SGS WAKE UP TO THE FACT THAT A GOOD OPPO IS IMPERATIVE FOR sgs’ long-term survival.
    I wish the SDP can garner enough support next GE.

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  • PAP.Guarantee.Win.GE2020:

    Singapore Democrats:
    If each and everyone of us donate a little, we, as a community, will be more
    than capable of standing up to the PAP. B a part of this community and donate
    to the legal fund for Dr Wong’s appeal. (Please click here.)

    Donate? Did you say donate ?

    Opposition supporters are just bunch of talk cock sing song aka NATO dude.

    Phillip Ang ask for donation to sue us PAP over CPF but no one donate.

    Lim Tean ask for donation to fund his project on how to avoid being sue,
    but no one donate.

    TRE ask for donation but one one donate.

    Wahahahaha…donate? SDP will bankrupt/close shop first and then follow by TREMERITUS.

    WP.Guarantee.Lose.Aljunied-Hougang.GE2020
    Singaporeans support PAP 9% GST hike
    Singaporeans support PAP 9% salary increment for Ministers and MPs.
    Singaporeans support PAP demand of Singaporeans to be cheaper, faster, better
    GE2020.PAP.Guarantee.Win.All
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat Huat Huat

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  • PAP.Guarantee.Win.GE2020:

    Readers beware: Opposition will crash Singapore.
    If opposition is voted in, your Sing $1 will become Sing $4 to MYR 1

    Democracy is freedom without having to take responsibility.

    Democracy is lawlessness.

    Watch this Taiwan Parliament fight video clip.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTmgwX8taQQ

    Watch Taiwan President Tsai protect thugs/ruffians/hooligan that vandalized public property
    and Police dare not arrest them and prosecutor dare not prosecute them.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELwXHbL2wD0

    Remember, Democracy is freedom without having to take responsibility.

    Remember, Democracy is lawlessness.Taiwan has proven it.

    WP.Guarantee.Lose.Aljunied-Hougang.GE2020
    Singaporeans support PAP 9% GST hike
    Singaporeans support PAP 9% salary increment for Ministers and MPs.
    Singaporeans support PAP demand of Singaporeans to be cheaper, faster, better
    GE2020.PAP.Guarantee.Win.All
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat Huat Huat

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  • The Rot Started From The Top:

    Very well said Dr. Wong SDP, we are fully convinced, that with your determination and your very effort to fight on for TRUE DEMOCRACY, you and your party WILL succeed eventually. Yes many of us had noted, how this regime’s system had been a total bias to you and your party, but your strength had increased by the days. You will reach your goal soon. Long live SDP.

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  • oxygen:

    THE 70% DUMDFARKED PEASANTS FORGOT THIS – in the conviction of SDP 5 for alleged “illegal assembly”, the most learned honorable High Court judge, Choo Han Teck ruled that it is the “legislative intent” (i.e. what did Parliament intended when it passed a particular law) that matters of outcome.

    So now the similar question must be asked

    - DID PARLIAMENT INTENDED that GRC must have minority representation for that GRC to stand as a voted electoral block of good law standing

    or

    – DID PARLIAMENT INTENED that GRC is just a comical comedy show of public entertainment in disguised of it in reality of fake minority representation intent i.e. it is a ghost of fiction construct and pretension?

    WHEN IT PASSED THE GRC ELECTORAL LAW?

    Again the answer must be BINARY

    Either YES or NO.

    Which one?

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  • Don't Blame Ah Ming!:

    He got no choice lah, he got old folks to look after…..

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  • UNTUTORED POETRY:

    An amateurish piece to vent my dismay and despair in my silver years:

    Our CPF egg-nest is gone
    Our HDB “asset” is gone
    Both by crafty PAP conned
    What are we to retire on?

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  • Good lunch:

    Will go out to ATM n send you some donation for the challenge! We MUST resist!

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  • LHL is right?:

    PAP is so frightened that it has losrt all balls to call a by election. People mandate and a near absolute control does not imply that it can overrides the Constitution. Even a law student knows such Legal fundamentals. If that is so, why is it the Judge rejects the appealbagainst a citizen evoking the Constitution protection ofvtheir right to parliamentary represensation at all time. Does that mean Mr Lee Kuan Yew younger sone Mr Lee Hsien Loong is right afterall in his and his sister recent “大義烕親” or “truth and conscience of integrity urpasses blood tie” accusation with key focus on the word ‘ compliance” and dynasty or modern dictator defiant of the laws of the land and Constitution. Their concern has led to the prince self exile in Kongkong the last report by ST with the son refused to be summoned by the Judiciary system and stay put in Harward USA so reported by ST. Could this be the form representing by the repeated warning of LKY that he will return from the dead should anything happened against his royal wish after he died. That to a citizen is frightenly real but wonder PAP does believe in vengence of the underworld. Urg but on the second thought as a Buddhist diciper: “why fear when one has done no evil” or “不做亏心事不怕鬼敲门”. Let the evil doers saked in fear every moment the door creaks. People mandate does not as democracy defines imples implementing policy or decision pertaining to party or personal interest whereupon if need to, approval by National Referendum is legally correct if the judiciary finds it difficult to enforce Constitution demand
    Singaporeans hope the widespread and acute plpism still leave certain human values and professionalism intact to main human integrity.
    Praise the Lord.

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  • world shift to Authoritarian:

    The world is moving towards conservatism and authoritarianism.
    This is thanks to screw ups by USA and western nation’s.

    And rise of China will make more follow it’s style.
    In the past USA led the world and even sg has to wayang to be pro democracy at least on paper .

    Now authoritarian states are happy to see democracy being given a bad name and more are believing that Authoritarianism is superior.

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  • N.Jungne:

    Aiyah queue at Istana for number, there are 2 guardhouses, 1 can use for Preshitdent Halima’s MPS, solved.

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  • PAP.Guarantee.Win.GE2020:

    Dear Dr Wong and SDP,
    Can you please tell the public how much donation you receive thus far ?

    You are using public money and therefore must be transparent.

    Please declare who donated and how much you collected.

    This is double real news.
    Singaporeans support PAP policy because there are no protest outside parliament house.

    WP.Guarantee.Lose.Aljunied-Hougang.GE2020
    Singaporeans support PAP 9% GST hike
    Singaporeans support PAP 9% salary increment for Ministers and MPs.
    Singaporeans support PAP demand of Singaporeans to be cheaper, faster, better
    GE2020.PAP.Guarantee.Win.All
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat Huat Huat

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  • Lye Khuen Way:

    Yes, those of us are not just bystanders should pitch in. Will do the necessary and forward the message to my cohort and friends.

    NotMyProblem:
    For the 30%, this is the time for you to show your support to somebody who is willing to fight for you.

    We might already know the outcome of this appeal, but we can not bow our heads in dejection. Let’s fight as a community, a united Singapore community. Let’s see to it that M-YT GRC residents get their rightful MPs and not a fake un-elected MP.

    I have contributed, you do it too!

    For the 70%, it is also good for you to tell your PAP to go for the by-election to prove that the PAP dares, that is, NOT BALL-LESS!!!

    PAP should not be afraid, since PAP appointed an Indian as a Malay President and dares to increase GST after next GE. This by-election could be a test balloon. If PAP could win this by-election, it can increase GST more than 9%.

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