He said that the PAP’s tight control over the mainstream media, and use of the People’s Association for party purposes have led to a climate where Singaporeans believe only the PAP can take the nation into the future.
He added that this also made Singaporeans fear that Singapore will collapse without the PAP at the helm.
Calling for depoliticisation of the media, Dr Chee, who fought and lost in Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, said that Singaporeans will have to fight to deny the government the leeway to make key appointments in print and broadcast media.
He said that the state must not be allowed to revoke licenses of media agencies at any time, should they not toe the line.
networks to rival the PAP’s.
Regarding the PAP’s use of the People’s Association as a political tool, Dr Chee said that opposition parties such as the SDP must look to grow their own grassroots networks.
He indicated that the SDP will reach out to civil society groups and other opposition parties such as the Workers’ Party to seek “unity of purpose”.
“If we don’t get smart we will be chasing our tails election in, election out.”
Dr Chee also urged more “neutral” political commentators to step forward to fight for democracy.
Mentioning renowned figures like Catherine Lim, he said that its time such political commentators stop distancing themselves from the cause.