SDP’s New Members

Besides Danny the Pedobear as its latest hilarious member mascot, SDP rolled out two other fellows. Dr Vincent Wijeysingha looks like SDP’s best catch so far and he is the only one to watch.

The other new member is James Gomez and he is not new to controversy. He was the former Workers’ Party member who flew in just before the elections and then flew out again soon after the 2006 elections. So much for a stake in Singapore and grassroot involvement. Certainly, everyone can remember the hoohah he created over his accusation that the Elections Department misplaced his candidature forms deliberately. It turned out that he did not hand them in at all and tried to make his mistake into an election issue favourable to him.

I am glad James Gomez parted ways with Workers’ Party as the SDP is more suited for politicians like him. James Gomez membership with WP was allowed to expire and that could be a possible face-saving way of letting James go without hurting the entire opposition camp by giving the image of dissent within the ranks.

Notwithstanding Dr Wijeysingha as an asset to the SDP since the opposition seldom attracts academics, what will James Gomez do this time to further cripple SDP’s image and already low chance of getting a seat in parliament, is something for us to watch.

Opposition SDP unveils two new members
By Shaffiq Alkhatib | Posted: 14 November 2010 0007 hrs

SINGAPORE: The opposition Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) unveiled two new ordinary members at a rally at the Speakers’ Corner at Hong Lim Park on Saturday.

When asked if they will contest the next General Elections, they said it was still too early to tell.

One of them is 45-year-old Dr James Gomez, who was a Workers’ Party candidate in the 2006 General Election.

Dr Gomez, a Deputy Associate Dean at Australia’s Monash University, said he officially became a SDP member on Saturday.

The other new member is Dr Vincent Wijeysingha, executive director of non-governmental organisation, Transient Workers Count Too.

The 40-year-old is the son of former Raffles Institution principal Eugene Wijeysingha.

Dr Vincent Wijeysingha joined the SDP in August.

The party also launched its alternative economic programme called “It’s About You”.

Among others, the initiative supports the introduction of minimum wage for workers.


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