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徐顺全回应海峡时报读者书函

26/05/10

作者/来源:Singapore Democrats http://yoursdp.org/
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事故缘由:海峡时报言论版刊登了共6封批评徐顺全和新加坡民主党的读者来函,但言论版编辑却以徐顺全对海峡时报的指责不公正为理由,拒绝刊登徐顺全对言论版的批评而做出的回应。为此,徐顺全在新加坡民主党网站发表了其中的两篇回应。

星期二,2010年5月25日

1、推销新加坡民主党的‘产品’给政治‘客户’? 免了,谢谢

我感谢Han Tau Kwang先生提供的建议(徐必须重新塑立自身,海峡时报,2010年4月17日)教导如何包装新加坡民主党的‘产品’以便行销给其政治上的‘顾客’。不幸的很,当下的政治氛围已经使到人们不再信任政治和从政者。

政治涉及原则问题,不单纯是件包装之事。在新加坡民主党,我们遵守和倡议民主原则,这个原则创立文眀社会。这是我党的奠基石。

一个不择言词和手段去赢得选票的政党和其政客,不是一个会把真相告知人们的政党。

一个会随着风向摇摆的政党,尤其是在新加坡这种独裁式政体下的政党,是在为自已的利益而非人民的利益着想。

当然,新加坡民主党要成为人民大众的政党,但不会在有损新加坡未来的代价下,更不会在有损民主原则的代价下争取。如果有了正确的基石,那么,未来必然会顺利的发展。

我们国家所需要的是开放,透明度,和民主责任制,这些政治属性在人民行动党体系内并不存在。

此外,这位来信者也许有必要知道,在网络科技下,新加坡民主党的‘疲乏抱怨’己经并且持续的吸引了不少的新加坡人,他们都厌倦了人民行动党的独裁作法。

Han先生也说执政的人民行动党有能力‘改变自己以适应选民的不同需求是人所皆知的’。

此话当真?就刚在2006年的大选时,李光耀资政就说过:‘请不要假设你能够去改变政府。年青人都不明白这一点’。

很显然的,人民行动党还是一如既往的非民主,也不愿意改变其做法,即便这是选民们多时以来的要求。它必须通过时尚来推销自已。

Han先生是否在替人民行动党重新包装以行销其‘产品’给新加坡的‘客户’? 这位来信者是否就是要新加坡民主党去进行这一种政治手法?谢谢,但是免了吧。

在网络时代,这类文宣与伎俩的政治手段会让有知识的网民撕成碎片,这种情况就正在新加坡的网络世界里出现。

新加坡民主党会持续一贯的真诚奉行我们的原则与对待新加坡人民。

徐顺全
新加坡民主党秘书长

2、有创意的反对党?那么,阅读新加坡民主党的替代方案

Roy Ong先生期待在国会里见到有创意的反对党(我要有创意,不是对抗性的政治,海峡时报,2010年4月17日)在这情况下,他有必要阅读新加坡民主党的替代经济方案,这是大众传媒拒绝刊登的信息。

这是具讽刺意味的事,人民行动党,这是来信作者支持的政党,也是控制传媒,一个封锁新加坡民主党的替代经济方案信息的一方。或许,这就是为何Ong先生一直以来都觉得新加坡民主党对国家政治没有增值上的贡献。

如果Ong先生确实是有诚意见到一个更有创意的反对党,而不是散播不实的言论说新加坡民主党不是一个有创意的反对党,那么,我们期待听到他对我们的替代方案提出一些意见。

徐顺全
新加坡民主党秘书长

原文/来源:http://yoursdp.org/index.php/news/singapore/3739-sell-the-sdp-product-to-the-political-customer-no-thanks

Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Singapore Democrats

Sell the SDP “product” to the political “customer”? No thanks

I thank Mr Han Tau Kwang for his advice (Chee must reinvent himself, ST, 17 Apr 2010) on how to package the SDP’s “product” to sell it to the political “customer”. Unfortunately it is such kind of politics that has caused people to be so distrustful of politics and politicians.

Politics is also about principles, not just packaging. At the SDP we abide by and advocate principles of democracy, principles upon which a civilised society is built. This is the bedrock of our party.

A party and its politicians who will say or do anything to win votes is not a party that can be relied on to tell the truth to the people. A party that bends in whichever direction the wind blows, especially in an autocratic system like Singapore’s, is a party that acts in its own interest, not the people’s.

Of course, the SDP wants to be a popular party but not at the expense of what is right for Singapore’s future, and certainly not at the expense of the principles of democracy. If the foundations are right, the future will take care of itself.

What is right for our nation’s future is openness, transparency and democratic accountability, political traits that are sorely lacking under the PAP system.

Having said that, the writer may wish to note that with the advent of the Internet, the SDP’s “tired ramblings” have attracted, and is continuing to attract, a growing number of Singaporeans who are getting tired of the PAP’s autocratic ways.

Mr Han also says that the ability of the ruling People’s Action Party to “transform itself to respond to the changing needs of the electorate is also well known.”

Is the writer serious? As recently as the 2006 elections MM Lee Kuan Yew said: “Please do not assume that you can change governments. Young people don’t understand this.”

It is clear the PAP is still as undemocratic as ever and unwilling to mend its ways even as the times and the electorate demand it. It just has to sell itself as one that is lightening up.

Is Mr Han helping to re-package the PAP and sell the “product” to the Singaporean “customer”? Is this is the kind of politics that the writer is asking the SDP to engage in? Thanks, but no thanks.

In the age of the Internet such propagandistic and gimmicky politics will be ripped to shreds by informed netizens, as is presently happening Singapore’s cyberspace.

The SDP will continue to remain true to our principles and to the Singaporean people.

Chee Soon Juan
Secretary-General
Singapore Democratic Party

Constructive opposition? Then read SDP’s alternative ideas

Mr Roy Ong wishes to see a more constructive opposition in Parliament. (I want constructive, not confrontational, politics, ST, Apr 17, 2010) In that case he ought to read the SDP’s Alternative Economic Programme (click here) on which the mass media refuses to report.

The irony is that the PAP, which the writer supports, is also the party that controls the media, a media that block news about the SDP’s alternative ideas. Perhaps, this is why Mr Ong continues to think that the SDP does not “add value to national politics”.

If Mr Ong is genuinely interested in wanting to see a more constructive type of opposition and not just spout the untruth that the SDP is not a constructive opposition, then we wait to hear from him on what he thinks about our alternative programme.

Chee Soon Juan
Secretary-General
Singapore Democratic Party

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