SDP applies for protest rally on World Consumer Rights Day, Singapore Democrats, 7 Jan 08

The Singapore Democrats have applied to hold a rally on 15 Mar 08 to protest against the alarming escalation in prices of basic goods and services in Singapore.

The event will take place on World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) and will be held outside Parliament House by the Singapore River.

WCRD is an event commemorated by Consumer International (CI) and is an annual occasion for “promoting the basic rights of all consumers, for demanding that those rights are respected and protected, and for protesting the market abuses and social injustices which undermine them.”

Interestingly the Consumer Association of Singapore or CASE, headed by PAP MP Yeo Guat Kwang, is a member of CI. In 2007 CASE held a rally outside Parliament House by the Singapore River to celebrate WCRD.

CASE - 18 Mar 2007
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According to the CI website, thousands of people had taken part in the CASE event held last year – complete with placards, t-shirts and speeches.

Seeing that CASE held this public event last year, the SDP has put in an application to the police for a permit to hold a similar event this year at the same place for the same occasion.

The application was made on 28 Dec 07 but the police have yet to reply.

The rally will be an occasion for Singaporeans to protest against the exploitation of consumers who have had to endure a rash of price increases over the last few months while the businesses owned by the Government continue to register fat profits and greedy ministers line the pockets with out-of-this-world salaries.

by sei-ji rakugaki of my sketchbook
Cartoon by sei-ji rakugaki of My sketchbook

As a result, the inflation rate has shot past 4 percent and looks set to rise even further, heaping yet more misery and hardship on the people especially those in the lower-income group.

The Singapore Government being landlord, employer, and everything in between needs to be held accountable by consumer-citizens.

The protest is part of the SDP’s campaign against the PAP’s greed and exploitation of Singaporeans.