The Straits Times - 8 September 2011"...Speaking to The Straits Times one month ahead of the opening of the 12th Parliament, he said: 'Let's not kid ourselves. Either you have a leader of the opposition, or you do not have it. There's no need to have an unofficial leader of the opposition.'The secretary-general of WP, which now has six seats in Parliament after winning the five-member Aljunied GRC and the Hougang single-seat ward in the May General Election, added that the term sounded 'derogatory' to him, as it suggested that 'you only qualify as unofficial'.'In Mandarin, we call it jian bu de guang,' he said, referring to the phrase that means something is considered shameful and therefore unmentionable.The 'unofficial' title was given to Mr Chiam See Tong after the 1991 General Election, as he then led the Singapore Democratic Party, which held three out of four opposition seats. He accepted it..."
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
"There are 87 seats in Parliament. How many do we have right now? We've got six ... we will not be ready to form a government till we got 44 good candidates, who are elected by the people."
He added: "So, is that something we are working toward? Well, I think the short answer is yes."
'Let's not rule out the prospects of the PAP being forced into coalition politics. And coalition governments don't mean things don't happen... (there) could be unity government... There is a huge political space there for us to actually think about, insofar as how politics in Singapore... is going forward.'
Asked about the likelihood of the WP forming a coalition government, he said: 'That is something you should ask the PAP; that's for them or any other party in that position to decide.'
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
TWC2 executive director Vincent Wijeysingha, who lost as an opposition candidate in the May election, said the manner in which immigration was discussed during the campaign could hurt foreign workers even more.
"Unfortunately what the elections did, and we politicians must shoulder our share of responsibility for it, is that a xenophobic approach to foreigners could become widespread," Wijeysingha told AFP.
"In other countries, when a politician says something that could be viewed as xenophobic, a spike in hate crime sometimes results. It may not be entirely different in Singapore."