Current Affairs

Tin Pei Ling’s social mobility: the exception, not the norm

Jeffrey Lawrence Omar/ Faced with the possibility of actually voting for once and taking heed of the advice from our dear PM to “think carefully before you cast your vote.” I decided to take a look at the available information on the various electoral candidates. This endeavour has taken much longer than I had hoped for many reasons. First I …

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Save Atiqah – Second Chances Flea Market

The following was first posted at We Believe in Second Chances. In March 2011, Atiqah was sentenced to death by Shah Alam’s High Court. You can read her story here. Atiqah’s family believe that she is innocent, and are now campaigning to raise funds to get a second legal opinion as well as to raise awareness of her case. You can …

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Hear no Evil? The PAP and the politics behind Minimum Wage

This is an excerpt of an article published on Singapore 2025. Pritam Singh/   One concern of many Singaporeans lies in the immediate and long-term well being of our low-income workers, and the utility of measures the government may consider to reasonably protect or even inoculate them against the vagaries of business cycles, inflation and the rising cost of living in …

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Low Thia Khiang: Media fair so far but real test yet to come

Bhavan Jaipragas / Pictures by Han Thon Workers’ Party chief urges mainstream media to meet readers’ demands during GE or risk losing out to online portals The mainstream media has been competent in its coverage of the Workers’ Party in the run-up to the general election thus far. But the real test will be in how the media behave in …

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This is my home: WP’s Chen Show Mao

The following is a translation of the report on Lianhe Zaobao on 3 April 2011. The first part is a translation from Lianhe Zaobao reporter, Yew Lun Tian’s Facebook page. The report is an exclusive interview the Chinese paper had with Workers’ Party potential candidate, Mr Chen Show Mao. We welcome any corrections for accuracy. You can email us at: [email protected] Translation by Sharon …

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Key debates at Channel NewsAsia’s political forum

The following is an excerpt from an article posted on 3 April 2011 on New Nation. by Terence Lee/ On GST Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) assistant treasurer Vincent Wijeysingha advocated a zero-rate GST for basic services like food so as to alleviate pressure from lower-income groups. In response, finance minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam came out robustly in defense of the GST system, saying …

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PAP’s new candidates show flaws in the system

by Ravi Philemon/ The original intention of the Group Representation Constituency (GRC) system was to ensure that there will be a fair representation of people from the ‘minority races of Singaporean community’ to be in Parliament; and that the GRC will prevent such a good intention to be thwarted by communities that prefer to live in ‘racial enclaves’ – voting for the candidate of …

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Saving the line

A small stretch of the disused KTM railway track in the West brings activists and residents together. Joshua Chiang/ A striped brown bird flutters out from among some tall grass and flies into the distance as we approach. It is a Pintail Snipe, Dr Ho Hua Chew tells us, a bird that likes to frequent marshy places like the one …

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