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Indonesia working hard to deal with fires: officials

Indonesia is not staying idle about the fires which are causing the haze over Southeast Asia, says the country’s Minister of Forestry and the Environment, Siti Nurbaya Bakar. Mdm Siti called on Singapore to be “fair” and said that her government was doing all it can to put out the fires in Sumatra and the Borneo Islands. She was responding to …

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Taken for a ride but taxi passenger keeps cool

When Mr Syed Hyder boarded a taxi, he asked the driver to go by “the fastest way possible” to his destination. However, apparently the driver took him via another route which turned out to be a much longer one. But instead of blowing his top at being cheated or being taken for a ride, Mr Syed kept a smiling face …

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GE 2015: Could there have been any other result?

By Dr Chee Soon Juan I wrote a couple of weeks prior to the last GE that come day-after-polling, the PAP will declare victory and, thereafter, it will be one-party-rule-as-usual. I also pointed out, which I have done countless of times before, that the electoral process in Singapore facilitates one and only one outcome: PAP victory. There can be no other. …

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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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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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Australia has shown me possibilities

Thank you to Australia for showing me kindness and compassion. More significantly, thank you for showing me possibilities. Possibilities of moving towards a compassionate society that were rejected by Singaporeans without a chance for a proper debate in parliament. Thank you to the people I meet everyday when I go grocery shopping who smile and chat with me. I am …

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Psst…wanna hear a secret? The whisper campaigns of GE2015

By John Teo Amidst the hustle and bustle of the rallies and walkabouts this general election season is a quieter campaign being fought on messaging platforms, like WhatsApp, Line, and even the venerable SMS. This involves people sending messages of anonymous origin to family, friends, co-workers, and even people in the same social groups or religious congregations (see images below). …

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