Straits Times: ‘Not true opposition active only at polls’

Workers’ Party rallies

AT A Workers’ Party rally at Depot Road, Mr A.L. Sundram, the party’s candidate for Kallang, rejected the Government’s charge that the Opposition was active only at elections.

He claimed that opposition politicians had sent hundreds of letters to the newspapers but none had been published.

In a leaflet distributed at the rally, the party made the following election promises:

• IT WOULD cut ‘C’ class ward charges to $5 a day including food.

• INCOME tax allowances would be raised – to $5,000 for singles and $7,000 for couples.

• FREE education would be given to children whose families earn $1,000 per month and below.

• SALE prices, rentals and conservancy charges for HDB properties would be frozen at present rates until a review was made to cut them.

• COMPENSATION would be given to workers on termination of employment other than for misconduct.

• CHIA Thye Poh and other political detainees would be released.

At a rally in Teck Whye, the secretary-general of the Workers’ Party, Mr J.B. Jeyaretnam, demanded to know what would happen to the HDB conservancy contracts after town councils took over.

He said such duties of town councils as collection of refuse and maintenance of lifts and cleanliness were contracted out to contractors on a yearly or two-yearly basis.

He asked whether, if the PAP lost Eunos, the HDB would break its contracts with the contractors. If that happened, “the contractors will sue HDB for breach of contract and we will be behind the contractors,” he said.

At a rally in Dover Road, lawyer Wee Han Kim, a candidate for the Pasir Panjang GRC, said the Government “has pretended to be deaf” as it still had not replied to his repeated calls to release full details of the value of Singapore’s national reserves after they were invested or used to fund the Mass Rapid Transit system.

He said town council funds were only enough to maintain the housing estates, leaving little money for improvements. He was echoing the view of some PAP MPs involved in the pilot Ang Mo Kio Town Council project.

He said that although the Government would set up a fund for improvements, he supposed that only the so-called “good boys” could apply.

Mr Gopalan Nair, a lawyer standing in Tiong Bahru GRC, said the WP’s failure to get its contractor to set up a rally stage in Hougang on Tuesday night was a small mistake compared to those of the PAP such as the “Stop at two” population policy.

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