SDP’s Chee Soon Juan sells S$100 ‘Chee-sy Mashed Potato’ to raise funds

Promotional banner for SDP’s Chee Soon Chee-sy mash potatoes. Photo:
Promotional banner for SDP’s Chee Soon Chee-sy mash potatoes. Photo:

The chief of the Singapore Democratic political party is selling expensive mashed potatoes to raise funds for his party’s grassroots campaign in Bukit Batok.

The party’s Chee-sy Mashed Potato costs S$100 a tub and will be cooked by none other than party leader Chee Soon Juan with “much tender loving care.” 

“Now, I know that this is going to be the most expensive mash potatoes that you will ever eat. But I want to assure you that every dollar that I raise from this venture will go towards building and running a Bukit Batok grassroots campaign over the next few years,” Chee said on video yesterday, decked out in apron and grasping a potato masher and spoon. 

They will each come in 900-milliliter tubs and include a complimentary copy of the party’s S$40 manifesto. The offer runs from Friday to Sunday and includes delivery.

Both Chee and party chairman Paul Tambyah nearly defeated the People’s Action Party in Bukit Batok and Bukit Panjang respectively in the election, with more than 45% of votes each.

Grassroots leaders are volunteers appointed by the People’s Association to serve in various grassroots organizations located in different districts. Their mission is to build and bridge communities within the area. The People’s Association currently has a network of more than 1,800 grassroots organizations.

The 58-year-old added that the funds will cover the costs of supporting the campaign such as putting up flyers and organizing events and activities. 

“So, Bukit Batok, here I stand. Together with my colleagues, we want to build up from the ground the grassroots campaign and to do this we need funds. Even to put up flyers, organize events, and activities and to meet residents, all these require a budget so I hope you’ll do your part and help contribute towards this campaign,” he said.

The party contested five constituencies but lost them all to the People’s Action Party. 

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