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Daily Archives: 2015-09-01

Behind the man – through her eyes

On Tuesday, filmmaker Tay Bee Pin released the following short film on the wife of Dr Chee Soon Juan. Dr Chee is the Secretary General of the Singapore Democratic Party. The film provides a glimpse into the family of the opposition politician which have never been seen before. The video has since been viewed almost 19,000 times.

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#GE2015 Day 1 Diary: TOC volunteers share impressions of Nomination Day

Singaporeans volunteering for The Online Citizen during the general election period spread out across the country on Tuesday to be present at all nine primary schools designated to be nomination centres on the first official day of election campaigning. As supporters gathered under the scorching heat to wait for their party's candidates, one observation made across all the nine centres …

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Help build a balanced Parliament: Low Thia Khiang

The Workers' Party's Secretary-General, Low Thia Khiang, has urged Singaporeans to help build a balanced Parliament. Mr Low made the call in a message posted on the WP website on Tuesday. "You have to decide whether having more ruling party MPs in Parliament resulting in an imbalanced Parliament is in the best interest of the future of Singapore and your …

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First-class voters, not first-world parliament: GE2015 panel discussion

By Thian Si Ying The SMU Apolitical team held a book launch event on 31 August for its second publication titled "A Guide to General Elections in Singapore (GE 2015 Edition)" edited by alumnus Grace Morgan. Afterwards, a panel discussion followed the launch was graced by the following panelists: Gillian Koh, Senior Research Fellow from NUS’ Institute of Policy Studies …

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PAP candidate’s clenched fist gesture offends and is criticised

At the Raffles Institution Nomination Centre on Tuesday, People's Action Party (PAP) candidate, Ng Eng Hen, gave a speech after his team had submitted its nomination forms and was declared to be candidates for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC. While Dr Ng was doing so, the crowd on both sides got excited, as can be seen from the reaction - the PAP …

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#GE2015: Top 10 tweets, 24 – 31 August 2015

With news, opinions, comments, satire and jokes everywhere on Twitter, the top 10 tweets of the past week give us a glimpse at what people are talking about when it comes to the general election. Unsurprisingly, Lee Hsien Loong's tweet announcing the date of Polling Day was the top tweet of the week – shared 486 times. Speculation had been …

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Twitter sees sharp jump in #GE2015 chatter

The number of tweets including the #GE2015 hashtag spiked the day Parliament was dissolved and the Writ of Election issued, reaching a high of 61 tweets per minute, Twitter revealed on Tuesday. The tech company tracked 52,000 election-related conversations over the past week (24 - 31 August). Twitter also observed a 300 per cent increase in election-related conversations since the …

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PAP vs SPP: When folksy politics works its slow charm

By Howard Lee “43 percent!” Benjamin Pwee whispered emphatically to opposition stalwart Chiam See Tong, as the duo stood outside Deyi Secondary School following the announcement of results for Bishan Toa Payoh GRC at the 2011 general elections. Indeed, garnering what is arguably the highest vote share by any opposition party for a first foray into a GRC stronghold of …

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Yet another reason why GE2015 will be important beyond Sept 11

By Sherman Tang That GE2011 and GE2015 are “watershed” elections are claims repeated ad nauseum. Here is an attempt to explain why from the point of electoral politics—beyond the fact that GE2011 saw a non-PAP political party win a GRC. GE2011 is significant because more voters than previously were able to cast their votes in the elections than was previously the …

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