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Daily Archives: 2015-09-08

Don’t oppose the opposition for the sake of opposing

By Krystal Election fever has been in overdrive the past few days. Many are airing their views on politics. What concerns me is that most of these people have never bothered about politics yet, overnight, they have become experts on political science. In an age where social media is touted to have brought democracy to autocratic regimes - I'm thinking …

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Battle for Hong Kah North SMC – A lesson to be learnt on Polling Day

By GS The best performing result in General Elections 2011, at 70.6% of the vote share (i.e. 18,149 votes out of 25,702), Hong Kah North’s 28,131 constituents seem to be strongly on the side of the current Member of Parliament, Dr Amy Khor, of the People’s Action Party (PAP). Singapore People’s Party (SPP) candidate, Mr Ravi Philemon, is currently challenging …

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Education, gender non-conformity, and GE2015

We understand your strategy, but do you understand us? Education, gender non-conformity, and GE2015 By Project X From proclaiming that “education is a basic human right”, to “wanting the best education and opportunities for our children”, from wanting an education system “where students can realise their potential” to having a “fair society [where] every Singaporean will have the best possible …

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Imbalanced Parliament may lead to unstable society: Low Thia Khiang

By Andrew Loh In his rally speech in Ubi on Monday night, the Workers’ Party secretary general, Low Thia Khiang, raised a red flag over the imbalanced nature of Parliament, where the ruling party has an overwhelming presence. Mr Low cautioned that such a situation will lead to increasing frustrations and feelings of suppression among Singaporeans, and also to demand …

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Looking for a uniquely Singaporean way forward on social spending for all

By Yeoh Lam Keong, Adjunct Professor, LKY School of Public Policy and ex-Chief Economist GIC Comments on DPM Tharmans's speech: "No way to give something to everyone without raising taxes for middle class " With all due respect (and believe me I have LOTS) for DPM Tharman, there are a few facts and arguments that need to be pointed out to put the …

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TOC News Tonight – Electioneering

We present episode four of TOC News Tonight for the Singapore General Elections 2015 (where tonight is probably the next day). A variety of politicians stop by to make comments on the ongoing haze problem; Thum Ping Tjin speaks to Senior Immigration Correspondent, Grouchy the Malayan Sun Bear, on the sentiments of locals on immigrants. Dr Thum also speaks with …

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Should residents worry about their homes being undervalued in opposition wards?

With voting day barely days away, top of mind issues with voters is the idea that their homes will taper in value should they vote opposition By 99.co We’ve all heard the grumblings—opposition constituencies do not get developed as much, they’re upgraded less, they get fewer amenities, and the list goes on. If the grumblings were true, or even thought to be true, …

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No evidence to support Charles Chong’s claims of $1m surplus: WP

The Workers' Party has issued a statement to refute claims by PAP candidate for Punggol East, Charles Chong, that there was a "S$1 million surplus in the account of the town council when it was handed over to the WP in 2013 after the by-election. The WP says there is no supporting evidence for Mr Chong's claims. The WP says …

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TC a non-issue with Aljunied residents, they laud WP MPs’ human touch

By Tiffany Gwee In the previous elections back in 2011, late Minister Mentor Mr. Lee Kuan Yew had proclaimed that people living in Aljunied GRC would have to live and "repent" for the following five years if the Workers' Party manages to win the constituency. "If Aljunied decides to go that way, well Aljunied has five years to live and …

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Bring the election back to policies

By Ghui This is the first time post independence that all 89 seats in Parliament are being contested. Prior to this, most constituencies were walkover constituencies dominated by the incumbent Peoples' Action Party (PAP). Before GE2015, the PAP never had to actively canvass for votes, the opposition candidates never had proper air time opportunities and voters did not really have …

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