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The Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) distributing party leaflets and Singapore flags during a walkabout at Sengkang Square on 1 August 2015.

SDA first to release manifesto for coming GE

THE Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) on Thursday released its election manifesto, the first party to do so in the lead-up to the next general election, widely expected to be held next month. Presenting its 2,000-word manifesto, the party said on its website that it is aimed at building a "Singapore for Singaporeans".

Among other things, its manifesto tackles issues such as the 2013 Population White Paper, the Central Provident Fund (CPF) minimum sum, as well as the party's stand on housing, healthcare, public transport, education and employment.

The SDA also wants to repeal the CPF minimum sum, and said it will fight for CPF monies to be withdrawn by those who want to do so.

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"It is our money, our pension, our annuity - set aside for retirement's purpose. As such, the monies should be managed by us and not compulsorily by anyone else, government or otherwise," says the manifesto.

Two new faces spotted at walkabout in Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC as SPP-DPP team takes shape

FORMER sales and marketing manager Law Kim Hwee, 55, and training company owner Abdillah Zamzuri, 31, could be among the new faces in the joint Singapore People's Party (SPP)-Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) team in Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC in the coming elections.

The two SPP members were spotted knocking on doors at a walkabout in Toa Payoh Central on Thursday night.

Both declined to speak to The Straits Times. The spokesman for the joint team in the five-member GRC, the SPP's Ravi Philemon, would only say that the party will announce its candidates on Nomination Day.

"On paper, we more or less know who is going to contest," he said.