Straits Times: Workers Party seeking new constitution

…abolish the rates on light and water

The line-up for the Workers Party announced yesterday is:

Mr. J.B. Jeyaretnam (Farrer Park), Mr. Heng Swee Tong (Kim Seng), Mr. R. Murugason (Potong Pasir); Mr. Chiang Seok Keong (Stamford); Mr. Tan Poh Seng (Paya Lebar); Mr. Seow Khee Leng (Kim Keat); Mr. Seow Yong Chew (Tiong Bahru).

Mr. Ng Ho (Leng Kee), Mr. Wong Hong Toy (Delta), Mr. Quek Poh Lam (Geylang West); Inche Othman bin Abdullah (Kampong Kembangan); Mr. Kho Jiak Hiong (Bukit Merah).

Inche Ariffin bin Noordin (Siglap), Mr. Cheng Poh Yew (Moulmein), Mr. Chua Eng Huat (Queenstown); Inche Hassan Yadi (Kampong Chai Chee); Mr. Kum Teng Hock (Geylang East).

Mr. Lee Tow Kiat (MacPherson), Mr. Lim Kang Chew (Aljunied), Che M.N. Yahya (Changi), Mr. M.P.D. Nair (Jalan Kayu), Mr. Tang Song Khiang (Bukit Panjang).

Mr. Tay Kim Oh (Anson), Madam Wee Kim Eng (Bukit Ho Swee), Mr. Wu Kher (Crawford), Inche Zainul Abiddin B.M.S. (Telok Blangah).

The Workers Party yesterday issued its manifesto, which wants to:

ENTRENCH fundamental rights of the people in a new constitution for Singapore;

AMEND all laws which provide for detention without trial, and to remove all possible abuses by Ministers and the police;

REMOVE concentration of power in the Executive and transfer exercise of power to independent tribunals;

RE-INTRODUCE trial by jury and remove all brutality in the administration of the criminal law;

ABOLISH hospital charges for outpatient services, tax on water and light, review and reduce wherever possible fees charged by Government for services;

GIVE income tax relief for dependants;

REDUCE defence expenditure and heavy Government spending and distribute savings in social services for the people;

REPEAL the Employment Act;

INTRODUCE a National Health Service;

SCRAP Suitability Certificates for university students;

GRANT citizenship to all persons who have made Singapore their home;

WORK closely with Malaysia on matters of mutual concern;

ESTABLISH immediately diplomatic ties with China.

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