Little-known Teh Tarik Party quietly released a 33-page political manifesto

Jun 21, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

The Teh Tarik Party (TTP) had last week (Jun 14) published a 9,000-words manifesto (PDF) online, laying out the party's policies for a "forward-thinking society".

It is the 2nd political party to do so after the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) who released their own manifesto in September last year.

TTP is understood to be an unregistered pirate party set up by former members of vigilante page, SMRT Feedback. The party first launched in 2015, during the last Singapore general elections where it was the first party to propose the 9% GST.

The 33-page manifesto focused on policies related to Healthcare, Economy, Trade & Industry, Immigration, Society, Depopulation, Family, Technology, Research & Innovation, CPF, Environment & Water Resources, Transport and Tax.

Among the proposals, TTP wants to establish a "proactive integrated e-Health system" based on blockchain technology, "NRIC 2.0" - a new digital identity infrastructure, and the establishment of the Ministry of Technology, Research & Innovation - a new centralised innovation & research national body.

The manifesto also promised to increase CPF interest rates on Ordinary accounts to hedge against inflation, mandate that reproductive healthcare (eg. fertility treatments, IVF) as "valid medical leave entitlement", establish an e-Government, and establish the Singapore Medical Force.

Some of the more radical policies include legalising physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill and weaponising technology to make up for the shortfall in military conscription due to declining citizens' birth rate. TTP also wants to increase the retirement age and promote "native depopulation".

To fund its slew of social expenditures, TTP maintains its call to increase GST to 9%, introduce a Capital Gains tax on the sale of immovable property to discourage speculative investments, and introduce additional vehicle ownership tax for the 2nd and subsequent vehicle, among other tax reforms.

TTP calls on Singaporeans to upskill, not downskill

TTP said that low-skilled foreign workers "reduces the cost of essential services" and that wages should not increase in such services for the purpose of attracting Singaporeans. TTP explained that if the bar is set low on the type of employment available, "someone deemed low-skilled would have a disincentive to become mid to high skilled."

"In Singapore, there is no shortage of jobs, but rather, a shortage of skills. Singaporeans should aspire to upskill themselves to meet the needs of an advancing economy," it added.

You can read the full manifesto here (PDF).