Constituency Political Broadcast – Aljunied GRC

Source: Mediacorp Channel 5

This is the text of the Constituency Political Broadcast for the Workers’ Party’s Aljunied GRC team, which was aired on 3 July 2020 on Channel 5.

Voters of Aljunied GRC, the PAP keeps saying there’s no need to vote for the opposition as the NCMP scheme ensures your voice in Parliament. Don’t be swayed by this argument.

Parliament is not just a talk shop where MPs make speeches. It exists to make laws, which are voted on by MPs.

The PAP will feel safe as long as their two-thirds majority is not threatened. But once the opposition gains more seats, they will be forced to consult you, and you will also get a more responsive government.

I have been an NCMP before and I know the limitations of that position. Without constituents to serve and a town to manage, it’s hard to establish a base.

I worked the ground for almost four years in Fengshan SMC after the 2015 Election. We ran a food distribution programme for over 240 families.

For the last few months, I have been covering the duties of Mr Low Thia Khiang in Aljunied GRC. This has allowed me to walk the ground, familiarise myself with the constituency, and get to know many residents, in ways I could not when I was an NCMP.

When I was in Parliament, I filed over 150 questions and spoke on healthcare, transport and manpower issues. I debated with ministers over the population white paper and Medishield insurance payouts.

Please allow me to use the experience I have gained to serve a second term in Parliament.

阿裕尼集选区的选民,这次大选,你的决定会影响到你的孩子跟孙子的未来。

我们工人党进入国会,是希望能迈向一个有制衡的国会,也能更完善地讨论政策来改善人民的生活。

请支持我们的团队,让我们在未来的几年为你服务,代表你在国会发表意见。

让你的一票成就未来。投工人党一票!

Make your vote count. Vote for the Workers’ Party!

Author: Gerald Giam

Gerald Giam was a Non-Constituency Member of Parliament from 2011-2015. He is a member of the Workers' Party of Singapore and currently runs a technology consultancy which he co-founded. The opinions expressed on this page are his alone. Published by The Workers' Party, 701 Geylang Road, #04-02 Teambuild Centre, Singapore 389687