Straits Times: Workers Party seeking new constitution


MR. JEYARETNAM
…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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New Nation: Workers’ Party wants new society

14-point manifesto

A new constitution for a new society will be the central theme of the Workers’ Party election manifesto.

This was stated today by its chairman Mr. Heng Swee Tong. He said that the Workers’ Party will present a 14-point manifesto to the electorate in the coming elections. They are:

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

• Strengthen parliamentary democratic government and initiate machinery for obtaining people’s views in decisions affecting them;

• Amend all laws which provide for detention without trial 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 and introduce new laws to protect and safeguard employment and conditions of work of the labour force;

• National health service to be implemented;

• Scrap suitability certificates and free universities to enable them to make contribution to society;

• Grant citizenship to all those who have made Singapore their home;

• Work closely with Malaysia on matters of mutual concern to Singaporeans and work actively towards regional co-operation; and

• Establish immediately diplomatic ties with China.

Mr. Heng is optimistic that the Workers’ Party will form the major opposition in Parliament after the elections.

Straits Times: WP and UNF hold talks on electoral understanding

THE Workers Party and the United National Front are having talks to reach an electoral understanding.

It Is understood that the aim is to avoid splitting of Opposition votes in constituencies where key personalities of both parties are involved.

The Workers Party already has an understanding with the Peoples Front.

According to Barisan chairman Dr. Lee Siew Choh, the agreement on the 10 constituencies between his party and the Workers Party still stands.

UNF secretary-general Mr. R. Vetrivelu said a WP representative had talks with UNF chairman Mr. Lim Ah Kow.

He said: “We have offered the WP 15 constituencies. A reply is expected tomorrow.”

Mr. Vetrivelu said that the WP had suggested that UNF withdraw its candidates at Potong Pasir and Farrer Park.

WP’s first vice-chairman Mr. R. Murugason and Mr. Jeyaretnam, the secretary-general, have announced that they would be contesting Potong Pasir and Farrer Park respectively.

The UNF candidates are Mr. Harnek Singh (Potong Pasir) and Inche S.A. Latiff (Farrer Park).

Mr. Vetrivelu said: “It is impossible. We have already laid the groundwork in those areas.”

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Straits Times: Workers’ Party names first 12 candidates

SINGAPORE, Thurs.

The Workers’ Party announced tonight the names of 12 candidates who will contest the election.

All of them are members of the executive council. The party said it would eventually field 35 candidates. The 12 names announced tonight, and their constituencies:

Chairman Mr. Heng Swee Tong, company director (Geylang East); first vice-chairman Mr. R. Murugason, lawyer (Potong Pasir); second vice-chairman Mr. Chiang Seok Keong, businessman (Stamford).

Line-up

The secretary-general, Mr. J.B. Jeyaretnam, lawyer, will stand in Farrer Park, while his assistant Mr. Seow Khee Leng, a former trade unionist, will contest in Kim Keat.

Others in the line-up are:

Treasurer Mr. Robert Tan Poh Seng, building engineer (Paya Lebar); assistant treasurer Mr. Seow Yong Chew, interior decorator (Tiong Bahru); organising secretary Mr. Ng Ho, ex-trade unionist (Leng Kee); assistant organising secretary Mr. Wong Hong Toy (Crawford); committee members Mr. Koh Jiak Hiong, clerk (Kim Seng); Inche Othman bin Abdullah, technician, (Kampong Kembangan); and Mr. Kwek Poh Lam, businessman (Geylang West).

Mr. Jeyaretnam said that talks are still going on with the Barisan Socialis for an electoral pact.

Chairman Heng, in a statement, called on the Government to allow Opposition parties time to speak over television and radio.

He said: “The mass media should not be monopolised by the ruling party.

“If the democratic process is to be effective, then the people must have access to the views and ideologies of all parties and not just those of the PAP.”

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