Friday, September 26, 2008

SDP can't differentiate a state from a government

It is disappointing to read that members of a political party (SDP, for this instance) do not know the difference between a state and a government.

For your info,
State refers to the set of governing and supportive institutions that have sovereignty over a definite territory and population.

A government is the organization, that is the governing authority of a political unit.
Could we now trust SDP to champion on Democracy (Gee, they might not know what that means).


SDP attempts to mislead Singaporeans into believing that the government is corrupted, unlike the findings of Transparency International, that ranks Singapore 4th least corrupt in the world.

SDP's article read "Singapore a clean state?". SDP is referring to a country as a whole, while CPI measured the degree of corruption in the public sector and politicians. See below:
"What is the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI)?

The Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries in terms of the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among public officials and politicians. It is a composite index, a poll of polls, drawing on corruption-related data from expert and business surveys carried out by a variety of independent and reputable institutions. The CPI reflects views from around the world, including those of experts who are living in the countries evaluated. Transparency International commissions the CPI from Johann Graf Lambsdorff, Chair Economic Theory, University of Passau and Senior Research Advisor to TI."^

Perhaps why Singapore was placed fourth and not better is because of some politicians. For example, there is one politician from SDP that misappropriated research funds.

Challenge to the SDP

Show Singaporeans the amount of online donations that SDP has accumulated. The "donate" button had been on the website for a very long period of time. How can Singaporeans be assured that SDP had not engaged in money laundering with the donations?

Even Barack Obama announces the campaign donation amount. See:

Failing to disclose the SDP donation amount just places a tight slap onto the faces of SDP members.

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