Workers Party reject invitation by SDP to attend opposition roundtable on ‘National Conversation’
Posted by temasektimes on September 16, 2012
According to insider sources, the Workers Party has rejected an invitation by the Singapore Democratic Party to attend an opposition roundtable on the ‘National Conversation’ conducted by the government.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong recently announced the formation of a 26-member committee headed by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat to ‘engage’ Singaporeans which excluded the opposition. Even the Workers Party, widely regarded as the PAP’s subsidiary party was not invited.
In an official announcement posted on its website, the SDP said its forum entitled ‘National Conversation: An opposition Roundtable’ will “be an opportunity for opposition parties to respond collectively to the exclusion and to lay out the role of the opposition in Singapore’s future.”
It will be held on 29 September 2012, Saturday, at the Quality Hotel, Diamond Room from 2pm-5pm.
All the opposition parties are invited to attend the forum. As expected, the Workers Party will not be attending the event. It has turned down invitation by SDP to attend similar discussions in 2009 and 2010 as well.
Despite having 8 MPs in parliament, the Workers Party has persistently refused to speak up for Singaporeans, let alone further the opposition cause, preferring to engage in ‘bird talk’ and ask frivolous questions to divert public attention from other more pressing matters.
In the aftermath of last year’s General Election, WP MP Pritam Singh declared unashamedly that the Workers Party will form a coalition government with the PAP should the latter fails to win a majority in the next election rather than other opposition parties.
When asked by the state media, WP Chief Low Thia Kiang refused to denounce or refute Mr Singh’s shocking statement.