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WP Youth Wing reaches out to youths downtown

Posted by theonlinecitizen on June 25, 2007

The Workers’ Party’s Youth Wing held an outreach programme in downtown Singapore on Sunday to celebrate Youth Day with young Singaporeans.

The team of about 20 WP members from the Youth Wing strolled down Orchard Road handing out specially-designed pens and cards to the public.

The team was led by its Youth Wing President, Perry Tong, vice president Abdul Salim and secretary Glenda Han. Salim and Glenda were part of the WP Ang Mo Kio GRC team which challenged prime minister Lee Hsien Loong’s PAP outfit in the elections last May.

The team was divided into two groups, covering both stretches from Orchard MRT station to Somerset station, and from the Marriot Hotel to HMV.

“This outreach today is to show Singaporeans, and youths in particular, that the WP Youth Wing is active and would like to invite them to join us”, explains Abdul Salim.

Besides celebrating Youth Day, Sunday’s programme was also intended to attract new members. The cards which were handed out had the party’s email address and an invitation to join the Youth Wing.

“It’s important for Singapore’s youths to be aware of what’s going on in the country. We hope that by having such outreach programmes Singaporeans, particularly the youths, will be encouraged to step forward,” adds Salim.

Some members of the public stopped and chatted with the team, asking questions about the party and discussing the WP’s performance in the last general elections.

“These outreach programmes bring about some positivities, one of which is raising awareness amongst the youths through such personal contact. Another is that, it also serves as a reminder that we are still active even after the elections and we will continue to engage the community,” says its secretary Glenda Han.

Asked about what she thought of our youths’ political awareness, she explains, “I wouldn’t make sweeping statements about their level of political awareness. But i do notice that they are more so if they reside in areas where there have had been contests during the previous elections.”

Is this Youth Day outreach going to be an annual event, given how the party also conducted a similar programme last year?

“We did something similar last year minus the pens, so yes, the public can expect us to carry out some form of outreach every year.”

Besides this activity on Sunday, the party also held a Community Awareness Day in Hougang last week. Hougang is the constituency of the party’s secretary-general Low Thia Khiang. The event was targeted at the family and children.

The party is in the midst of preparing for its 50th anniversary celebrations in November, which will culminate in a dinner on the 3rd of November, as is announced on its website.

The above report is by Andrew Loh, who is a member of The Workers’ Party.

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12 Responses to “WP Youth Wing reaches out to youths downtown”

  1. That’s a good start. Kudos to the WP youth.

  2. Eugene said

    I suggest that the WP Youth Wing do more.. I say do more with online presence. I have helped set up the Young NTUC forum, perhaps u can share with us more what your average day is like and what are the other outreach programmes u have. The public need to know of ya existence way before elections time. Visit us at http://www.youngntuc.com.sg/youngntuc

  3. sarek_home said

    There are too many forums for any political party to participate and share its info. I think the better way is for individuals to spread the message of the importance of democracy and the need of democratic reforms via blogs and forums. Those who agree with the message can visit the political parties or their website to know them and decide if they want to get involved.

  4. Reformers said

    Well done, WP Youth Wing! Keep going on and on. Do not be
    discouraged by any saboteurs. Singapore seriously need more people like you. We will do our part too, when the time is riped.

    Need not visit the youngntuc forum. It is not different from the youngpap forum. Visit STOMP and Hardzone forum to get some ideas of what people are thinking over there but don’t participate in it. Just monitor and make use of them as a source of information.

    All my best wishes and Good Luck!

    Reformers of the Old for the Young.

  5. Fishy said

    Eugene the NTUC proxy is trying to fish for information in opposition. Can you NTUC do something about our workers instead of playing politics for PAP? That’s not your job!

  6. Lifeslikethat said

    My dear Eugene,

    It’s easy for you to say to the opposition to “do more”. I am sure we don’t have to elaborate to you how contrained the opposition is – from monetary funding to media coverage, from channels to attract new members to not having free and fair elections.

    And from having to do what they can with the little money that they collect through their town councils while PAP wards continue to be funded by taxpayers via govt “upgrading funds”.

    Do more? I think that it is very commendable for the WP Youth Wing to do what they have – despite all these constraints.

    Now let me ask you. How come none of the mainstream media reported on this event?

    Do more? Pur-leaseeee.

  7. Observer said

    Eugene, forums are not the only means and often the worse means because they are always subject to sabotage. Several WP members have their own blogs. Refer to the first picture. On the extreme right in front, Perry Tong and the one behind him, Melvin Tan, are bloggers with the best blogs around. They are at perrytong.blogspot.com and melvintansg.blogspot.com

  8. sarek_home said

    Hi Eugene,

    Would you like to consider joining a opposition party, like the Reform Party Mr JBJ is setting up, and help the public to know of its existence and outreach activities way before elections time?

  9. Eugene said

    Dear guys and girls,
    Do not get me wrong as u can see in the youngntuc forum I have given my views based on the nickname of “greatknowledge” and have shown to provide a balanced view or more critical of the Singapore Govt. I do think that Workers Party Youth Wing has done very well especially in the PM’s Ward. congrats to them. I myself is a supporter of them! What I am saying is that in forums always the opposition party is critised but often no voice is heard coming from them… that is why I invited the young wp members to participate in the forum to balance up the stakes.. haha

  10. Eugene said

    I would join an opposition party if I had the talents… for me right now forumming is my only talent.. haha

  11. Eugene said

    I am not from NTUC… just promoting the forum as a platform for online discussion and debate.

  12. sarek_home said

    Eugene,

    Thanks for your clarification and your contribution to more balanced view in forum discussions. If people wish to contribute to a forum to provide a balanced view, they can do it as a concerned citizen. There is no need to identify themselves as members of any political party. It is more important for us to contribute to the democratic development in a social oriented manner instead of a party oriented manner. Once the general public are motivated to more actively involve in politics, they will find the suitable party to join. You will never know if some members of some political party are already in your midst doing the job.

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