Daily Archives: 2015-07-14

SMRT breakdowns – learning from London’s Tube

By Ghui Singapore has run like a well oiled machine for many years and people have come to expect that this is the way that things should always be. Given the government’s promises and the tacit understanding between Singaporeans and the incumbent ruling party, this is no surprise. In the years of intense nation building, civil liberties were exchanged in …

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DBSS not a “failure”: Desmond Lee

Minister of State for National Development, Desmond Lee, told Parliament on Monday that the Design, Build and Sell Scheme (DBSS) is not “a failure”, despite the recent spate of complaints from home buyers. Mr Lee was responding to questions from six Members of Parliament (MP) who queried his ministry on various issues regarding the flats under the DBSS and the …

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Political fairness in drawing electoral boundaries

  By Howard Lee It is perhaps to be expected that opposition Members of Parliament would be concerned about how the boundaries for electoral divisions have been drawn. The shifting boundaries, without the accompanying clarity from the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC), have been the subject of criticism of gerrymandering, particularly in favour of the ruling party. It is right …

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Suing a poor man

By Teo Soh Lung The intention of every plaintiff in a civil suit is to recover what he has lost. In the case of a defamation suit, he sues for compensation for loss of reputation in the eyes of third parties. This compensation may take the form of an apology and/or monetary payment. If a plaintiff demands monetary compensation, he …

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Secretary to PM chairs Electoral Boundaries Review Committee

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong disclosed in Parliament on Monday that the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC) is being chaired by Mr Tan Kee Yong, the Secretary to the PM and the Secretary to the Cabinet. Mr Lee said this in response to Workers’ Party Non-constituency Member of Parliament, Yee Jenn Jong, who had also asked the former if the committee …

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Drawing of electoral boundaries: A process in sore need of reform

By Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss In January 2015, when questioned about whether the Electoral Boundary Review Committee (EBRC) had been set up, Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong said: “When we set it up, everyone will know”. (“PM Lee: Electoral Boundaries Review Committee yet to be set up” – Straits Times 16 January 2015) Today (13 July 2015), the Prime Minister told …

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