Kudos for CNA for addressing SDP Chee Soon Juan's whine on not being invited in Talking Point

In short, SDP Chee Soon Juan was not invited in Channel NewsAsia's Talking Point program because there's simply no point talking to him. Heh. Okay, that's my personal point of view & I can talk about it right here in my blog. Double heh.

Seriously, though, I can't even bother to put up the link to the immature whining of Chee Soon Juan in the article, "Why is SDP excluded from CNA programme again?".

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has written to Channel NewsAsia, protesting against its exclusion from a special edition of the channel's Talking Point programme about the recent changes to the electoral boundaries, which first aired on Sunday night.

The programme brought together three Opposition figures - National Solidarity Party (NSP) secretary-general Goh Meng Seng, Reform Party (RP) secretary-general Kenneth Jeyaretnam, Workers' Party treasurer Eric Tan - and two MPs from the People's Action Party (PAP).

In the letter, also posted on the opposition party's website, secretary-general Chee Soon Juan said: "It is unfortunate that Channel NewsAsia has chosen to discriminate against the SDP."

Accusing CNA of having a "political agenda in line with that of the PAP's", Dr Chee, who can't contest the coming General Election because he is an undischarged bankrupt, added: "We protest such blatant and reprehensible discrimination in the strongest manner possible."

In her reply to Dr Chee, CNA's vice president of corporate services Han Chuan Quee said: "We would like to emphasise that Channel NewsAsia, which has reported on local, regional and international news developments for over a decade now, has no agenda to advance, except to carry the news and views which are relevant to our viewers."

"Let me also assure you that there is no attempt to discriminate against the Singapore Democratic Party. In fact, the SDP's views on the changes to the electoral boundaries were reported by MediaCorp on several of its media platforms," she added, citing Dr Chee's quotes to the media that he did not see a logical explanation as to how the boundaries had been drawn and they "seem to have been carved up in a haphazard way to benefit the PAP".

The episode of Talking Point, which Ms Han said had received encouraging feedback, was recorded less than 24 hours after the boundaries report was out. She also noted that there were "many considerations" in organizing such a forum - deciding on its duration, the size of the panel, working within a tight turnaround time as well as identifying relevant topics.

"For instance, one key point of discussion was how new single-member constituencies would affect plans and strategies of incumbent MPs and the parties contesting. The programme was not meant to be a comprehensive report card detailing the reaction of every single political party in Singapore. At the latest count, there are at least 11 active political parties," she said.

The programme, she explained, was meant "to be a more qualitative discussion, to give viewers a flavour of the different points of view about the changes to the electoral boundaries, as seen from the Opposition camp as well as incumbents from the ruling party."

From Channel NewsAsia, "CNA addresses SDP complaint over Talking Point".

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