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Daily Archives: 2015-09-02

Balakrishnan should look at his party’s own track record: SDP’s Dr Chee

By Rachel Zeng Photo Credit: Timothy Lai The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) held a press conference on Wednesday morning, 2 September, to respond to Dr Vivian Balakrishnan’s criticisms of SDP’s alternative policies. The press conference was held at the party’s headquarters in Ang Mo Kio, and helmed by Secretary-General Dr Chee Soon Juan and his Holland-Bukit Timah GRC team-mate Dr …

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Vote share and “a strong mandate” this GE

By Sherman Tang During the launch of the PAP’s 2015 election manifesto last Saturday, Mr Lee Hsien Loong said his party is seeking “a fresh and strong mandate from the people”. This begs the question of what a strong mandate means. From the previous election, the 60.1% of the popular vote won by the PAP was generally taken to be …

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GE issues – SkillsFuture, the billion dollar pipe dream?

By Reperio Simon In our earlier post, we wrote about the “gatekeepers”, FCF and TAFEP. Since we have managed to get past the gatekeepers, let's see what's really behind the gates: Jobs, and how they will be available and created. The latest “innovative” step is the creation of SkillsFuture, a national movement to provide Singaporeans with the opportunities to develop …

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Why plastering LHL everywhere won’t work

By GS With Nomination Day over, it is time for the election campaigning to begin and the PAP has lost no time in strategically unfurling banner after banner and poster after poster in all the constituencies up for grabs. But one fresh tactic that has been unseen before this election has been the plastering of PM Lee Hsien Loong’s face …

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The Conundrum of Cosmetic Interventions

The following letter was sent in by Sharon Wong. I have been working as an advisor to a number of government organizations for more than a decade and would like to share some observations regarding what is currently happening in our country. At the recent National Day Rally, I noticed something I have felt for a number of years. In …

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Modelling the 2015 Singapore General Election

By Vernon Chan In a very accessible article, Jeraldine Phneah writes about the advantages the People's Action Party has over the opposition in Singapore. Note that several of the advantages are institutional and arise from the PAP's position as the dominant party in Singapore politics. In PolSci speak, Singapore belongs to a subset of democracies that are called dominant party …

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GE issues – Choosing between track record and a new vision

By Ghui Now that Nomination Day has come and the candidates for each constituency have been announced, the real hustings can begin. Even before the polling date was announced, husting topics were already being hotly anticipated. This is no surprise given that this is the first time post independence that all seats in Parliament are being contested. In many ways, …

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Open letter to Law Minister over comments on Islamisation

The letter below was sent by one of TOC's readers addressing Mr K Shanmugam who was the Minister of Law and Foreign Affairs before Parliament was dissolved last month. TOC wrote to Mr K Shan for a response on 29 August but has not received any reply from him.  By Faris Osman Abdat Dear Honourable Minister You took offense at …

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GE is a time to talk about heritage and quality of life.

By Wong Chee Meng Finally, it is happening. The issue of heritage protection may potentially become a political issue in Singapore with GE2015, now that WP has included the importance of heritage impact assessment in their manifesto, and SPP’s Mountbatten candidate Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss has made a statement that heritage belongs to the people, not to heritage experts. It is hopefully …

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The unheard heroines

The letter below was sent in by one of TOC's readers  By a single mother As the nation's getting ready for the upcoming GE, touching on topics/concerns on ever-rising cost of living, housing issues, senior citizens, medical costs, foreign talents, etc... Has anyone stopped for a second and think about the community of single mothers? Small community though but they …

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