Monthly Archives: August 2017

To avoid group-think, PAP must accept fair democratic contestation

“They must try their utmost to bring in potential office holders from outside the SAF and public sector to avoid group-think,” said Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong at a National Day Dinner. What ESM Goh failed to say is why. The ultimate goal of every political party that genuinely believes in itself is to remain in power. We may …

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Stop lumping everyone from the opposition together; there are different parties

Ever since news broke of the embattled human rights lawyer, M Ravi’s public assault of lawyer and politician, Jeanette Chong-Aruldoss, the Internet has been alight with comments and discussions. Apart from the disturbing news of the unsolicited attack on her person, this unfortunate incident has also raised other concerning issues vis-à-vis the public’s understanding of opposition politics and democracy for …

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Mainstream media took 3 weeks to state the obvious about MRT reliability against LTA’s statistics

MRT statistics won’t restore public confidence? I refer to the article “Statistics alone won’t restore confidence in MRT” (thenewpaper, Aug 19). It states that “Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) economist and senior lecturer Walter Theseira said it is quite difficult for the public to reconcile their train disruption experiences with the statistics provided by the Government, which claims that overall rail …

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The prodigal son escapes; the press secretary restates

Li Shengwu: “In Singapore, it is possible that one can be detained and interrogated for some time without a lawyer. My friends had warned me that they were concerned for my safety if I remained in Singapore.” PM Lee’s press secretary: “This is a well-established legal process. Clear laws and procedures apply to all cases of contempt, including this case …

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Morning train breakdown attracts ridicule from Singaporeans

On the train delays: Khairudin Salim: Transport Minister suddenly so quiet! Derrick Eng: They were already rehearsing yesterday evening for today breakdown already. And please take these rehearsals seriously as you all are also rehearsals for later evening breakdown. Kim Tan: How come ERP never break down before? Vincent Khoo: Reliability improved 3x! Haha Leong Lim: Shouldn’t write ‘Breaking News’ & it should …

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DTL and NSL affected by signalling fault on Friday morning

Commuters were met with yet another service breakdown on Friday morning (18 Aug) since the service disruption along North South Line during the Thursday evening rush hour. At 6.29am, SMRT announced that commuters are to expect 30 minutes of additional travelling time between Sembawang and Marina South Pier stations due to a new signalling system fault near Ang Mo Kio. …

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16 “poor” Singapore rankings that you probably didn’t know?

Media should focus on Singapore’s “poor” rankings too! I refer to the Carlton Tan’s article “Economist’s liveability report meaningless for non-expats” (theonlinecitizen, Aug 17). Controversies on Singapore’s rankings? It states that “As it is often said, there are lies, damned lies and statistics. Our national dailies have presented the statistics here differently when their results are unfavourable than when they are …

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Reliance on major infrastructure projects for economic growth unsustainable: Chee Soon Juan

Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) Secretary-General Dr Chee Soon Juan has criticised statements made by the Minister for National Development, Lawrence Wong. Likening Mr Wong’s plans to “pouring more concrete on the island to grow the economy”, Dr Chee warned against continued reliance on capital input and foreign labour to drive economic growth. Such measures are unsustainable, he said, arguing that even Prime …

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