Current Affairs

Unconvinced by PM Lee’s arguments

Andrew Loh / Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addressed about 1,200 tertiary students and guests at the annual Kent Ridge Ministerial Forum on Tuesday. The forum was titled: “Leadership Renewal: The 4thGeneration & Beyond”. Mr Lee’s main point was summarized in the leading front page headline in Wednesday’s Straits Times report. “2-party system not workable here: PM”, it says. His …

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Reform Party unveils new youth leadership and logo

The Reform Party takes great pleasure in unveiling the new leadership of its Youth Wing, The Young Reformers. Mr. Gerald Yong and Mr. Lim Zi Rui have taken up appointments as co –heads of The Young Reformers with Ms Vignes Ramachandran taking up the position of deputy head. Please see the attached bios. The Reform Party Youth Wing spreads the …

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Non-subsidised drugs: Secret?

Leong Sze Hian/ I refer to Mdm Choi Lim Siew’s letter to the Health Minister regarding her problem of cancer treatment and drugs that are non-subsidised, which was copied to, and published on April 6 on The Online Citizen. In this connection,   I would like to refer to the Committee of Supply for the Health Ministry’s debate in Parliament. The …

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Multi-party democracy needed in Singapore

by Ng E-Jay/ At the Kent Ridge Ministerial Forum organized by the NUS Student’s Political Association, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that a two-party system would weaken Singapore as there is not enough talent to form two equally good teams. He also advised against relying on the opposition as an insurance against the PAP faltering. He argued that it …

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SPP – Singapore People’s Party or Strictly Potong Pasir?

Benjamin Cheah/ The Singapore People’s Party (SPP) has consistently remained silent about its plans for the upcoming general elections. The only known candidates are Secretary-General Chiam See Tong and his wife Lina, contesting Bishan-Toa Payoh Group Representative Constituency (GRC) and Potong Pasir Single Member Constituency (SMC) respectively. The SPP has surrounded itself with a blank wall of silence. But this …

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LTA overlooks Nuovo residents’ concerns on NSE

by Deborah Choo/ The Land Transport Authorities (LTA)’s decision to build the North South Expressway (NSE) along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 has deeply upset the residents at Nuovo Executive Condominium.   In January this year when LTA first announced its decision to build the NSE, Nuovo, along with nearby Castle Green and Bullion Park Condominium, had part of their …

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Standards set too high for political talent?

The following is an excerpt of a letter published on April 6, 2011 at TODAY online. Letter from Leong Sze Hian I refer to the articles “Two-party system ‘not workable in S’pore due to shortage of talent'” and “Putting together S’pore’s next A-Team …”(April 6). The Prime Minister’s remarks that there is not enough talent to form two first-class teams …

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CNA’s Political Forum – old monkey, new tricks?

by Howard Lee/ I was away when Channel NewsAsia ran the live telecast of the Political Forum on Singapore’s Future last Saturday, but thanks to new media, I was able to view it online. But much as I would like to applaud it as a step forward in mediated engagement on politics, I can only attest that the programme was a …

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SDP: Choice of political system is the will of Singaporeans, not PAP

There is no need for the PAP to split itself to provide a two-party system in Singapore. The PAP must stop belittling and patronizing Singaporeans. We believe that Singaporeans are talented and can provide the leadership necessary for the political system we want. Singaporeans will decide the political system, not the PAP. There is no need for the PAP to …

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A statistical analysis of the CNA Political Forum on Singapore’s Future

On 2 April 2011, Channel NewsAsia (CNA) aired ‘A Political Forum on Singapore’s Future’, featuring Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Member of Parliament (MP) Josephine Teo representing the People’s Action Party (PAP), Gerald Giam for the Worker’s Party, Lina Chiam for the Singapore People’s Party, Vincent Wijeysingha for the Singapore Democratic Party and Mr Mohamed Nazem Suki for the Singapore …

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