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Daily Archives: 2015-08-19

NSP reconsiders its withdrawal from MacPherson SMC after appeal from residents

  National Solidarity Party (NSP) has released a press statement about its reconsideration on the withdrawal of the party's interest of contesting for MacPherson SMC in the upcoming General Election. National Solidarity Party's press release in full Opposition parties in Singapore must be prudent in their allocation of limited resources to effectively contest in the General Elections. This explains the …

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NUSS dialogue gives a glimpse of election issues

While it was important to have representation from all political parties running in the upcoming election, the downside to Tuesday night’s pre-election dialogue at NUSS was the lack of time to truly delve into issues. Even with the session running over an hour late, there wasn’t quite enough time to get to the meat of most discussions as the 10 …

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GE issues – Town councils, really? Or just PAP undermining itself?

By Howard Lee It would appear that the campaigning has begun in earnest even before nomination day, as the ruling People’s Action Party went all out to remind citizens on what the general elections should be about – not democratic participation, but how to run a town council. So far, we have had two Ministers – Home Affairs Minister Teo …

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Makansutra founder questions Environment Minister for comments on hawkers

Entrepreneur-photojournalist and Makansutra founder, KF Seetoh had commented on a Facebook post that the Parliamentary speech made by Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan on Tuesday, is wrong on many fronts. Mr Seetoh wrote on his Facebook page, "I wish his scholarly minders in his MEWR would get their ground facts accurately. This is wrong on …

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PAP upgrades its own Upgrading Carrot

Minilee is expected to dissolve parliament some time after the NDRS. Nevertheless, campaign season has already begun: the opposition has resolved its coalition talks to great success, and all parties have begun unveiling their candidates. Trust the PAP to trot out more upgrading carrots. They've already begun inSembawang, Tanjong Pagar, Jalan Besar, and Bishan-Toa Payoh. Presumably, some MPs did not …

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SDP denounces MDA classification of satire film

  By Sharanya Pillai The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has called on the government to review its classification of the party’s recent satirical video, alleging that the move was  “selective and for political partisan purposes”. On Monday, the Media Development Authority (MDA) issued an advisory to all political parties against the production and distribution of party political films. The agency …

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Fair play and national concerns a priority in Potong Pasir

“In Potong Pasir, it's upgrading v kampung spirit” declared The Straits Times on 16 August 2015. But ground-level sentiments reveal two other facets to the Potong Pasir voters: their sense of fair play, and a prioritising of national issues. Earlier this week, The Online Citizen spoke to 8 Potong Pasir residents, ranging from a new resident of 2 years, to …

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Perspective of a social work student on politics and voting

By Cassandra Chia It is quite uncanny that I have a passion for both writing on alternative issues and social work, although both are very distinct in nature. One requires the “mind” to reflect, analyse and express opinions. The other requires the “heart” to empathize, communicate and advocate for the voiceless. Politics and social work are actually very much interlinked …

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