James, Kieran and Chia, Roderick and Grant, Bligh and Lee, Dexter (2011) The rejuvenation of the NSP and the rebranding of the SDP: conversations with Singapore's Opposition politicians. Jebat: Malaysian Journal of History, Politics and Strategic Studies, 38 (2). pp. 99-118. ISSN 0126-5644
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Via detailed personal interviews, this paper canvasses the views of leading Singapore oppositional grassroots activists about the state of play in Singapore politics and likely developments over the next ten to fifteen years. We focus on two activists who are internet-focused and who have recently switched political parties. Although still strong poll performers in 2011, the Workers’ Party of Singapore (WP) has lost three important members from its 2006 campaign – Chia Ti Lik, Goh Meng Seng, and James Gomez. In this paper Goh and Gomez reflect upon their reasons for leaving WP. Goh points to the lack of emphasis placed by the WP upon internet activism which he views as a strategic error. In one key respect Gomez differs significantly in strategy from Goh, arguing that the latter’s Malay Bureau within the National Solidarity Party (NSP) reflects outdated, old-school politics which can be contrasted sharply with Gomez' Singapore Democratic Party’s (SDP) post-modern multicultural ethos.
|Item Type:||Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)|
|Additional Information:||Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy. The paper is available on the journal website open access (free registration).|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||activism, civil society, grassroots activism, internet activism, Opposition parties, rebranding, Singapore politics, Singapore opposition|
|Depositing User:||Dr Kieran James|
|Date Deposited:||29 Jun 2012 12:35|
|Last Modified:||03 Jul 2013 01:13|
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