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Sylvia Lim lashed out at non-existent ‘racist’ allegations to confuse and mislead public

Posted by temasektimes on May 15, 2012

Instead of clarifying if she has made discriminatory remarks about Indians to a former member Sajeev Kamalasanan, Workers Party Chairman Sylvia Lim counter-attacked with non-existent ‘racist’ allegations to confuse and mislead Singaporeans.

Mr Sajeev resigned from WP abruptly on Sunday for its refusal to give him party cadreship despite giving it to most of the candidates who contested in the election last year as well as ordinary members.

He added that he heard from existing cadres that Ms Sylvia had privately made reference to a group of “problematic” ex-candidates that are not given cadreship.

When he confronted Ms Lim, she reportedly insinuated that Indians are ‘unreliable’ and not committed to the party’s cause:

“I finally questioned Ms Sylvia about why she never considered nominating me for party cadreship and was not satisfied with her explanations:

1) That it has been the party’s experience that Indians tend to leave after getting party cadreship; and

2) That (she had wanted to nominate me but) I had abruptly stopped contributing at her MPS sessions.”

Mr Rajeev had never accused Ms Lim or the Workers Party of being racist, but in a statement posted on the WP Facebook, Sylvia Lim said:

“The allegations that I or the WP are racist are baseless and absurd. WP is a multiracial party.”

Ms Lim’s ‘explanation’ is completely absurd as not only was it irrelevant, it did not address Mr Sajeev’s charge that WP is not giving its Indian members party cadreship because of the perception that they tend to leave after obtaining it.

All Ms Lim need to do is to confirm or deny if she has made the statement to Mr Sajeev without the need of dragging the issue of ‘race’ into the picture.

When we last check, there is a different between ‘discrimination’ and ‘racism’. As a lawyer herself, Ms Lim should better know.

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Former WP candidate Sajeev Kamalasanan accused WP of ‘discriminating’ against Indians

Posted by temasektimes on May 14, 2012

Former Workers Party candidate for Nee Soon GRC Sajeev Kamalasanan has lashed out at WP for ‘discriminating’ against Indians.

In a press statement issued to The Temasek Times and other media outlets, Mr Sajeev accused the WP leadership of ‘short-changing’ Indian members such as him who have contributed to the growth of the party.

Mr Rajeev resigned from WP abruptly on Sunday for its refusal to give him party cadreship despite giving it to most of the candidates who contested in the election last year as well as ordinary members.

He added that he heard from existing cadres that Ms Sylvia had privately made reference to a group of “problematic” ex-candidates that are not given cadreship.

When he confronted Ms Lim, she reportedly insinuated that Indians are ‘unreliable’ and not committed to the party’s cause:

“I finally questioned Ms Sylvia about why she never considered nominating me for party cadreship and was not satisfied with her explanations:

1) That it has been the party’s experience that Indians tend to leave after getting party cadreship; and

2) That (she had wanted to nominate me but) I had abruptly stopped contributing at her MPS sessions.”

Mr Rajeev was outraged by her explanation:

“I feel that it is unfair to consider all Indians as uncommitted to the party and if this has been WP’s experience, the right thing for WP is to reflect on what it might be doing to contribute to this and perhaps arrest this problem if it considers and aspires itself to be the alternative voice of all Singaporeans.”

Ironically, the Workers Party was founded by a Eurasian David Marshall in 1957 and built up by the late opposition leader Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam, an ethnic Indian of Sri Lankan descent.

Jeyaretnam broke the PAP’s absolute monopoly in parliament by winning a seat in Anson in 1981 and again in 1984. However, he was eventually ousted by his protege Low Thia Kiang after which he went on to set up the Reform Party.

As usual, there is no clarification from the Workers Party whose leadership never feel a need to account to the public despite its election slogan last year ‘Towards a First World Parliament’ amid empty pledges to hold the ruling party accountable.

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Press Statement by Sajeev Kamalasanan on Resignation from The Workers’ Party

Posted by temasektimes on May 14, 2012

With immediate effect, I regret to announce my resignation as a member of The Workers’ Party (WP). The reason for my resignation is my dissatisfaction with the WP’s cadreship selection system.

I joined WP as an ordinary member in 2006 following the 2006 General Elections, believing that the party was a credible and alternative voice for Singaporeans.

Due to work and other commitments, I was, however, inactive and did not contribute to the party in any significant way until a phone call from the party’s Chairman, Ms Sylvia Lim, about six weeks before the 2011 General Elections.

The party was looking to field an Indian candidate in Nee Soon GRC and Ms Sylvia requested me to step forward. It was an unexpected but important request and after due consideration, I turned her down as I felt that I was not the right person for it. However, Ms Sylvia persisted, saying that the party was in urgent need for an Indian candidate for this GRC (the two other Indian candidates Mr Pritam Singh and Mr Somasundaram were fielded for Aljunied and Moulmein-Kallang GRCs).

I finally relented as I agreed with her vision of doing something worthwhile for our country and democracy. With my wife’s support, I immediately put all my family and work commitments aside and got right into the campaign and electioneering foray. The WP Nee Soon GRC team went on to clinch a respectable 41.6% of the votes and I was happy to have played a part in giving Nee Soon residents the opportunity to exercise their right to vote in the general elections.

After the general elections, I was selected to be a member for the Aljunied Constituency Committee (AJCC) – Serangoon Division, under Ms Sylvia Lim. Every week, I helped out at her (Meet-the-People sessions) MPS and was also roped into the division’s grassroots events. The highlight of my contribution was when I was given the responsibility of a Chairperson for the Aljunied GRC’s first Deepavali event celebration in 2011. At the party level, I was also active at the weekend Hammer sales. Around CNY 2012, I had to stop my volunteer work at her MPS sessions as I started attending a part time course which coincided with the day and timing of the MPS sessions.

While I never did expect any formal recognition for my contributions towards the party, I was disappointed to see most of the 2011 ex-candidates and ordinary members around me being nominated and given party cadreship quite easily following the general elections. I had also heard from existing cadre members that Ms Sylvia had privately made reference to a group of “problematic” ex-candidates that are not given cadreship and I started wondering if I was one of them.

I finally questioned Ms Sylvia about why she never considered nominating me for party cadreship and was not satisfied with her explanations:

1) That it has been the party’s experience that Indians tend to leave after getting party cadreship; and

2) That (she had wanted to nominate me but) I had abruptly stopped contributing at her MPS sessions.

I feel that it is unfair to consider all Indians as uncommitted to the party and if this has been WP’s experience, the right thing for WP is to reflect on what it might be doing to contribute to this and perhaps arrest this problem if it considers and aspires itself to be the alternative voice of all Singaporeans.

With this mindset, I see no possibility of me being able to play any meaningful and constructive part in the party, save for being a showpiece for the minority candidate ticket come elections time. I feel let down and betrayed by the WP leadership, in whom I had put my trust and faith in, and for whom I made substantial sacrifice by stepping forward to serve. I therefore have no choice but to part ways with WP.

Thank you.

Sajeev Kamalasanan

Note: I have no further statement to make beyond what has been said in this press statement. However, I can be reached at 96600079 for verification of this statement.

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Ex-WP candidate Sajeev Kamalasanan resigns from Workers Party, citing disappointment in the way the party selects its cadres

Posted by temasektimes on May 14, 2012

Former Workers Party candidate for Nee Soon GRC Mr Sajeev Kamalasanan has resigned from the Workers Party last night by emailing his resignation letter to WP Secretary-General Low Thia Kiang and Chairman Sylvia Lim.

In a press statement emailed to The Temasek Times, Mr Rajeev wrote he was disappointed that WP did not make him a cadre despite his substantial contributions to the party.

“I am disappointed that the party has not been able to formally recognise my contributions, and going forward, I see little way in me playing a meaningful and constructive part within the party,” he wrote.

Mr Rajeev added that he was roped in to contest in the General Election last year by Chairman Sylvia Lim in the last minute and he had expected to be named a cadre, but his name was omitted because he had stopped serving in Ms Lim’s Meet-the-People session.

“I feel let down and betrayed by the WP leadership, in whom I had put my trust and faith in, and for whom I made substantial sacrifice by stepping forward to serve. I therefore have no choice but to part ways with WP,” he ended.

Mr Sajeev is the fourth candidate to leave the Workers Party since last year’s General Election after former Hougang MP Yaw Shin Leong, former East Coast GRC candidate Mohamed Fazli Talip and WP veteran Eric Tan.

His resignation came as the Workers Party is preparing for a by-election in Hougang after Mr Yaw was sacked for his failure to address swirling rumors around his alleged extramarital affairs with multiple women, including two prominent female leaders in the party.

In response to queries from the media, WP Chairman Sylvia Lim questioned the timing of Mr Rajeev’s abrupt resignation and asked if there is need to air internal party matters publicly.

 

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