Singapore Democratic Party

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Singapore Democratic Party
Chinese namesimplified Chinese: 新加坡民主党; traditional Chinese: 新加坡民主黨; pinyin: Xīnjiāpō Mínzhǔ Dǎng
Malay nameParti Demokratik Singapura
ڤرتي ديموكراتيق سيڠاڤورا
Tamil nameசிங்கப்பூர் மக்களாட்சி
Ciṅkappūr Makkaḷāṭci
ChairmanProf Paul Tambyah
Secretary-GeneralDr Chee Soon Juan
FounderFok Tai Loy
Chiam See Tong
Founded6 August 1980; 42 years ago (1980-08-06)
Headquarters3 Ang Mo Kio Street 62
#02-30 Link@AMK
Singapore 569139
NewspaperThe New Democrat
Youth wingYoung Democrats[1]
Women's wingWomen Democrats[2]
Social liberalism
Political positionCentre to centre-left[3]
Regional affiliationCouncil of Asian Liberals and Democrats
International affiliationLiberal International
SloganYour Voice in Parliament
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The Singapore Democratic Party (abbrev: SDP; simplified Chinese: 新加坡民主党; traditional Chinese: 新加坡民主黨; Tamil: சிங்கப்பூர் மக்களாட்சி; Malay: Parti Demokratik Singapura) is a social liberal[4] political party in Singapore.

The party was founded in 1980 by Chiam See Tong, who as Secretary-General became the party's first Member of Parliament (MP) in 1984 when he was elected as MP for Potong Pasir. At the 1991 general election, the party's best ever performance, two further SDP members, Ling How Doong and Cheo Chai Chen, were elected to Parliament giving the party a total of three MPs. However, Chiam fell out with the party's Central Executive Committee in 1993 and subsequently left the party in December 1996. He was succeeded by Chee Soon Juan, who has remained the Secretary-General since the SDP's Ordinary Party Conference in 1995. The party has since focused more on a liberal human rights agenda but has yet to secure parliamentary representation since 1997 general election.

The party is a member of Liberal International and the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats.

References[change | change source]

  1. "10 reasons why you should join the Young Democrats". 22 February 2009.
  2. "A protest in sunny Singapore". 12 August 2005.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "About the Party - the Party - Perspective - Welcome to the Singapore Democrats". Archived from the original on 2019-09-11. Retrieved 2021-01-29.
  4. "About the Party - the Party - Perspective - Welcome to the Singapore Democrats". Archived from the original on 2019-09-11. Retrieved 2019-11-21.

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