Kwok Fangjie

Despite repeated claims of engagement with citizens, actions of PAP leadership show that they do not care for the well-being of people

It was reported on Sunday (15 Jun) that Cabinet Ministers will increase their visits to the heartlands to hear people’s views on various issues. This initiative built on Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat’s vision in May, where he said that the Government will be starting a series of discussions to engage different segments of society. Marking a departure from a …

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Ho Kwon Ping says that PAP will not suffer same fate as UMNO, but academics think otherwise

Speaking at an OCBC Forum entitled Singapore Politics and Business in an Age of Disruption (12 Jul), Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Ho Kwon Ping said that the Singapore government is aware of the “jibes made against us and our political system” by the Malaysians. However, this “may not be applicable in totality”. He was a referring to an earlier comment made by Malaysian PM …

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As Lawrence Wong tries to implement cooling measures on coffeeshops, Low Thia Khiang already sounded warning horns a decade ago

Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong revealed on Wednesday (11 Jul) that the Housing and Development Board (HDB) will evaluate bids for coffee shops on factors beyond the tender price. Such factors would include things like the business proposals, productivity and operating processes. The 4G Minister was responding to MP for Nee Soon Lee Bee Wah who asked if the current tender …

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SPH moves into other sectors as media revenue continues to decline

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) released its 3Q 2018 financial results on Wednesday (11 July). Despite its digital circulation rising by almost 44% from 278,000 readers a year ago to 399,000 readers today, the total revenue from its core media business declined by 8% to $167.94 million. After taking into consideration increases in investment and property income, its total revenue saw a net …

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International columnist: PAP’s high Ministerial salaries cannot be justified given their mediocre performance

Writing for international website The News Lens on Friday (29 Jun), columnist Justin Hugo opined that the high ministerial salaries for PAP leader cannot be justified given their mediocre performance. “After living in a bigger country, it is very difficult for me to wrap my head around the logic of [the People’s Action Party] that its Prime Minister and Ministers should …

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Spending $20 million for no real results and to boost the legitimacy of a dictator?

The meeting between American President Donald Trump and North Korean ‘Supreme Leader’ is an event that is unprecedented in many ways more than one. To facilitate the event, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Sunday (10 Jun) that Singapore will spend more around $20 million with security arrangements costing around half that figure. When pointed out that this is a high …

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The tale of two Ministers: Is Ong Ye Kung recycling fluff or has Indranee Rajah failed?

In a keynote address at the 3rd International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training in Switzerland, Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said that Singapore must adopt the best aspects of the Swiss education. Minister Ong said that education systems faced the danger of becoming obsolete due technological disruption, while national boarders were becoming “more porous than ever”, resulting in …

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PH coalition ends discriminatory policies against political opponents, PAP continues to dangle carrots in exchange for electoral support

Malaysiakini reported on Thursday (7 Jun) that the new administration will give an equal allocation of federal funds to individual states, regardless of their political affiliation. One such example is the state of Terengganu, which is controlled by the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) who is neither aligned with the former Basian Nasional (BN) coalition nor the present Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition. Since 2000, …

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