By: B Goode
The SDP’s mini-manifesto for Bukit Batok looks good.
By focussing on localised, town-councillish issues and trying to win the hearts of the voters with social action plans, the SDP have gotten their strategy to perfection. Well, almost.
I will let the PAP IBs pick bones with the manifesto. Oh never mind. Let me just pick one. Except for using his MP allowance if he gets elected, why wait to get elected before implementing the rest of the ideas?
Having said that however, by shedding any pretence of being the intellectual political party which SDP is trying hard to be, they have managed to put forward a very convincing sales pitch.
There is one big problem though. And his name is Dr Chee Soon Juan.
As I have written before but this time I will say it more seriously; Dr Chee is very dislikeable and repugnant. Not as a person I am sure but as a politician. And I will go as far as to say that he is un-electable.
When SDP was under Chiam See Tong, they were arguably a force to be reckoned with. Stronger than the WP even. They actually won the Bukit Gombak SMC in 1991. But ever since Chee manoeuvred to kick Chiam out of the SDP a few years later, the party has lost its mojo. It is pertinent to note that in the last GE, Chee only won slightly more that 30% of the votes. This despite him being heralded (mostly by him, himself) as the return of the precocious child from the political wilderness.
Most people see Chee as bad-mannered, disrespectful and boorish. Who could forget his shouting extravaganza in Macpherson? Or his blatant lies that resulted in him getting sued and lost by the PAP leadership? And of course the way he treated Chiam See Tong. Gangsta-politics have no room in Singapore. Unless your name is Lee Kuan Yew.
Most importantly though, you can say a lot of things about Singaporeans; whiny, entitled, bratty, ugly but one thing they hold dear is loyalty. Not to a party or individual but to the nation. So when you have someone like Chee using global platforms to diss Singapore, you can bet that Singaporeans will not forgive nor will they forget.
So if the SDP want to see the party be great again, they will have no choice but to ditch Dr Chee. I mean, if even the republican elder statesmen are contemplating ditching Donald Trump if he doesn’t win the nomination outright because he is seen as someone un-electable, why not SDP?
Dr Chee is SDP. SDP is Dr Chee.
Dr Chee is dislikeable. SDP is dislikeable.
Remove Dr Chee and make SDP great again!