Monthly Archives: September 2015

WP again calls for “definitive clarification” from PAP on PETC accounts

The Workers’ Party (WP) is still waiting for the “definitive clarification” from the People’s Action Party (PAP) on the state of the accounts of the Punggol East Town Council (PETC) when it was handed over to the WP in 2013. Mr Low Thia Khiang, who was responding to reporters’ questions on Wednesday, reiterated what WP chairman, Sylvia Lim, had said …

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Letter to TOC: Go beyond knee-jerk reaction to haze problem

The following is an unpublished letter which the author had sent to the Straits Times, and copied to the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, on 15 Sep 2015. Dear Editor, The haze, like a horror movie, terrifies everybody experiencing it. Looks like the people in Jakarta do not feel the effect of being “hazified”, else why didn’t they take …

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MOH activates Haze Subsidy Scheme

Pioneers to pay no more than $5 if they were to seek treatment for haze-related conditions Due to the worsening haze situation in Singapore, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has activated the Haze Subsidy Scheme (HSS) which will be available at all polyclinics and Public Health Preparedness Clinics (PHPC). The HSS provides children, the elderly and lower and middle-income Singaporeans …

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The road less travelled – an opposition member’s insights

By E Lee To all political pundits, I’m offering you a brief inside peek of what it takes to be in an alternative political party. Before you misread this as a sore loser article trying to gain sympathy, I just want to say, you won’t know it until you’re in it six feet deep. Neither are these views unique to …

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WP candidates elected as NCMPs

All opposition parliamentarians in the new Parliament will be Workers’ Party members. The Election Department (ELD) says Ms Lee Li Lian, Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong and Mr Leon Perera from the Workers’ Party (WP) have been elected Non-constituency Members of Parliament (NCMP). According to Singapore’s laws, the number of NCMPs is nine less the number of opposition Members of Parliament …

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Were voters misled by fears of a new government?

By Ghui While surprise is not the adjective I would use, I am certainly disappointed with the recent election results. At the end of the day, I firmly believe that democracy empowers people; and despite its pitfalls, it is still the best system the world has to ensure that power is not abused by those who wield it. I respect …

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Will the PAP post-GE2015 be more ready to engage?

By Howard Lee Now that the People’s Action Party has achieved its “landslide” victory at the 2015 general elections, we can see that it is losing no time in consolidating its support to garner support for the coming government. And it is not just for the next five years or so, but with a clear intention to project its power …

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Letter to TOC: How to win votes – lessons from post-war UK

Letter to The Online Citizen: I refer to the 69.9 per cent landslide victory that the People’s Action Party (PAP) achieved in the recent elections. To me there is probably only one explanation why the PAP won by such a landslide – the people in Singapore are not politically mature, compared to their counterparts in countries like Britain. I would …

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