Monthly Archives: September 2015

SDP sets its sights on fundamental barriers to democracy

Following the disappointment of last week’s general election result, the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has once again “nailed its colours” to the democratic cause, reiterating the party’s long-held stance that political rights are necessary before democracy can truly be achieved in the city-state. While the party had considered numerous factors for the 2015 election result – from the effects of Lee …

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Why should S’pore’s Prime Minister be Chinese?

By Kirsten Han Talk of the “rising star” of Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam has raised the old question of whether Singapore is ready for a non-Chinese Prime Minister. But why shouldn’t Singapore be ready? If Chee Soon Juan of the Singapore Democratic Party captured people’s attention during the general election period, Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam …

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PAP landslide not a clearcut vote for authoritarianism

  By Yeoh Lam Keong Several analyses and observers on both sides of the political spectrum have recently argued or suggested that the 70 per cent vote for the PAP is a vote for authoritarianism over democracy, at least in parliament. I disagree. First, most Singaporeans are primarily concerned with economic and political security. With the current environment so uncertain, …

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How accurate is the GE sample vote count ?

By Ngiam Shih Tung The Elections Department released early indications of polling results for the first time during the 2015 General Election by publicly announcing the result of sampling checks within two hours of the close of polls. Sampling checks have been carried out since 2001 or earlier, but the results were not made known to all candidates or the …

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Letter to TOC: Opposition can learn from Lincoln

Letter to The Online Citizen: By JY TAN The mood amongst many of the supporters of the opposition parties is now one of despair, shock, disbelief and disappointment. The Chinese have a proverb: “失敗是成功之母“. Failure is the mother of success. Let us look at a page in history, and the story of a very famous man. 1831 – This man failed …

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The politics of Tamil as an official language

By Gangasudhan The recent banner making its rounds on Facebook has reignited the cultural patriotism in many within the community and particularly for the Tamil segment. The banner displays the message of keeping the area clean for others in the languages of English, Malay (or Bahasa Indonesia), Hindi (or Bengali) and Tagalog. While the intention appears to be aimed at …

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Editor of social political site, TREmeritus steps down after 4 years

By Richard Wan It has been some four years since I volunteered to take up the position of an editor in TREmeritus (TRE). Indeed, there have been many ups and downs experienced along the way. Regardless, it has always been comforting to know that many netizens, including myself, are learning and benefiting from the many interactions with each other on …

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Northeast Line disrupted on Friday morning

At around 6.30am on Friday morning, train services on the North-east Line were interrupted between Harbourfront and Potong Pasir stations. Free bus services were activated between Outram and Potong Pasir train stations. No announcement was made by SBS transit, the ooerator of the line, on its mobile notification system or on its social media platform. #NEL Normal Train service has …

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Debunk haze rumours but Gov’t should also address concerns

By LL Haze: Comments from Vivian Balakrishnan and Tan Chuan-Jin on cloud-seeding do not address the full picture After more than a week of haze, the past 2 days brought the relief of rain. I had assumed, grateful for their quick reaction, that Singapore’s authorities had called for cloud-seeding. So I was very surprised to see Water and Environment Minister …

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Historians hold Reddit AMA session, receive over 200 comments

As part of Living With Myths – a series of seminars deconstructing myths used in Singapore to shape the national identity – historians Loh Kah Seng and Thum Pingtjin held a AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Reddit on Wednesday night. Both historians have been labelled as “revisionists” for their work on incidents like Operation Coldstore – when over 100 …

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