Current Affairs

PAP MPs doing walkabout wearing PA shirts?

“They (delegates from China) discover that the People’s Action Party (PAP) has only a small office in Bedok. But everywhere they go, they see the PAP – in the RCs (residents’ committees), CCCs (citizens’ consultative committees), and the CCs (community clubs).” Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew (Straits Times 30 December 2009) Read also “Drawing the line between PA and the …

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“There will be more significant things to come”: WP’s Low

Mr Low Thia Khiang, secretary general of the opposition Workers’ Party (WP), keeps things very close to his chest. He has been rather coy about who his party’s prospective candidates are, or where they might be fielded in the General Election. In the previous two walkabouts which his party has held in as many weeks, Mr Low divulged little. On …

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MM Lee’s views a “generational thing”: Michael Palmer

The Online Citizen’s Andrew Loh catches up with PAP MP Michael Palmer at the side of the NUS forum last Wednesday. Mr Michael Palmer called his grassroots leaders immediately upon reading about Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew’s controversial remarks about the Malay Muslim community. As their Member of Parliament, he wanted to reassure them that he did not share MM …

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Reflecting on “Reflections” – A review of Mah Bow Tan’s book (Part 4 of 9)

This is a review from a statistical perspective, wherever possible, of the book “Reflections on housing a nation”, launched on 22 March. (You can read it here for free and save yourself ten dollars. – Editor) Leong Sze Hian/ In Part Four (“Buying a flat? Choose wisely”), the Minister for National Development wrote: “Average household incomes have also increased almost …

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Women’s Charter “not just for the elites”

Deborah Choo/ “This is a defining moment for our society and our women. We should be dancing the streets and celebrating family and marriage,” said Ms Constance Singam, ex-President of AWARE. She was speaking at AWARE’s book launch this afternoon at NUS Guild House which saw slightly more than a hundred turn up. The audience were mostly comprised of middle …

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An Imaginary Climate of Fear?

The following is an excerpt from the blog Reinventing The Ricebowl Kenneth Jeyaretnam/ On Wednesday on behalf of the Reform Party I attended the Singapore Forum on Politics at NUS as one of the panellists. The other panellists were Dr. Chee of the SDP, Sylvia Lim of the WP and Michael Palmer of the PAP. The topic was “GE 2011: What’s …

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WAH! If I worked at MOM, my backside will be so happy.

The following article was first published on funny little world. Kirsten Han/ I woke up to this Straits Times article this morning: MOM staff to get ergonomic chairs. These babies, designed by American manufacturer Herman Miller, cost S$575 each. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is buying 472 chairs for its headquarters, which means that the bill will come up to a whopping …

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ST Forum Editor was right after all

Leong Sze Hian/ I refer to the article “Straits Times! Why you edit until like that?” (theonlinecitizen, Mar 24). In my view, the Straits Times Forum Editor was not wrong to edit the letter. Quoting the wrong statistics From a statistical pespective, the forum letter writer, Mr Samuel Wee, was quoting the wrong statistics. So, the Straits Times Forum Editor, …

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GRC system: Wool Over Eyes (Part 5 of 6)

In Part 4 of a series of articles on the GRC system, Rajiv Chaudhry calls for the Government to truly ensure proportional representation for minority races. In Part 5, he refutes the justifications the Government has given for the need for GRCs.   Part 5: Don’t follow the sheep It is debatable as to whether GRCs, being super-constituencies with voter numbers ranging …

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