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Daily Archives: 2015-09-05

The labour force game

By GS At the PAP rally at Bedok Stadium on Thursday (4 Sep), Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say espoused the good work of the (PAP) government in tightening the labour market. He noted that much effort has gone into ensuring Singaporeans are taken care of, pointing out that the growth of skilled foreign workers (i.e. Employment Pass and S-Pass level …

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A man transformed

By Richard Seah Kenneth Jeyaretnam was a man transformed when he spoke at the Reform Party’s rally on Friday (4 Sep) at Yio Chu Kang Stadium. Four years ago, during GE2011, I listened to him speak at the same stadium.  He spoke like an English gentleman. He was very articulate but I felt he didn’t connect with the crowd, particularly …

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The real issues of this election

By Sierra the Italic The PAP seems to be making town council management the key issue this election. While it is true that keeping a housing estate in a good state is important, I believe this is not the most important of issues confronting the nation. Members of Parliament are elected to represent their constituents in Parliament and to decide …

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Remove the PAP’s party whip: SDP’s Khung Wai Yeen

By Cerelia Lim Photos/Videos by Sofian Razali The Singapore Democratic Party's Khung Wai Yeen is up against Dr Teo Ho Pin (PAP’s deputy party whip) in Bukit Panjang SMC. In his maiden speech on 4 Sept, he called on residents to unseat the party’s disciplinarian for possible u-turns on ministerial salaries, population growth and building of casinos.   “Singapore is …

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Reform Party criticises immigration and CPF policies

The crowd at the Reform Party (RP) rally last evening (4 Sep 2015) was initially sparse, but people slowly trickled in, and soon, the candidates were addressing a crowd of about 1,000 people in the Yio Chu Kang stadium. Ms Noraini Yunus spoke about Singapore’s high cost of living, foreign workers and the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. …

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Dr Chee’s first speech as a GE candidate after 15 years

By Timothy Lai Election rallies are intricate productions requiring wit and precision to execute. There must be intense anticipation before the speakers step into the spotlight, their stories must be compelling and consistent, the audience must empathize with the speakers, and the build-up must come to a satisfying end while leaving  the audience hungry for more. By all counts, the …

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A speech worth waiting for

By Timothy Lai The Singapore Democratic Party’s rally on Friday evening was quite a spectacle, although the rally-goers were not as anxious to stake a claim on their spot as yesterday’s Workers’ Party rally. Dr Chee Soon Juan, secretary-general of the SDP, had earlier confirmed he will be speaking at the rally. He wrote in his Facebook, “I've been waiting …

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A Singaporean-in-Taipei’s call to middle-class swing voters

By Jon Dear middle-class voters of Singapore: I'm a Singaporean working and residing in Taipei, and I'm writing this because I think it's the least I can do as a citizen to urge my fellow Singaporeans back home, especially the middle-class swing voters, to cast their votes wisely as the GE2015 potentially sets the course for our next 50 years. …

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SPP: We are honoured to continue with Mr Chiam’s legacy

By Priscilla Chia  Photo credit: Lisa L. Against the People’s Action Party’s (PAP) heavyweights in Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, the Singapore People’s Party (SPP) team may look ordinary – but that is part of their charm. “My fellow candidates are very real people,” declared Mr Benjamin Pwee, gesturing at his SPP team Mr Bryan Long, Mr Law Kim Hwee, Mr Abdillah …

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Why is the government risking an asset price crash?

By Anthony Cheng The government’s recent housing policy revisions have some worrying implications. A chart sent to me by a friend who was at a briefing on the real estate market by an acknowledged expert highlights the problem.   Let me explain. If you look at the chart above, you will see that in the last 10 years (2005-2014) of rapid population …

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