Current Affairs

Using foreign teaching methods to teach Malay?

Dr Wong Wee Nam I was rather shocked to read that Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs, had suggested that one way to halt the decline in fluency in Malay could be to teach it as a foreign language, rather than as a mother tongue. However, it has been clarified that what Dr Yaacob had meant was the use of …

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Three local myths

Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh We Singaporeans know not to pee on trees. What might elsewhere be thought of as fun, or fertiliser, is here considered sacrilegious, a needless provoking of dormant tree spirits. How do we know this? Like any old wives’ tale, it is based on unverifiable anecdotes. Over time, these tales becomes ingrained in society and accepted as fact. …

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Rationalising the warning signs

Joseph Teo / On April 12, Mr. Lim Boon Heng was asked whether there was groupthink in the PAP while introducing some new PAP candidates.  He hesitated and shed a few tears before declaring that there was no groupthink in the PAP. He then proceeded to cite the issue of the integrated resorts, something to which he initially objected, but …

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Remarks by PAP members made to confuse S’poreans: WP

  Ko Siew Huey / Picture by Han Thon In the latest episode of a public wrangle that has been playing out over the media, the Worker’s Party (WP) staged a vigorous defense of their vision of a “First World Parliament”. Minister for Home Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam and Member of Parliament (MP) Indranee Rajah have criticized the WP …

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Workers’ Party introduces latest slate of candidates

Howard Lee / Pictures by Han Thon The Workers’ Party today (23 April 2011) unveiled four candidates that they plan to field in the coming general elections – two are veterans, and the other two are first-time candidates representing the younger population. Their profiles and background are below.   Mr Koh Choong Yong Professional background: ·     Bachelor of Science (Information Systems …

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The track record that matters more

Andrew Loh Once every five years, People’s Action Party (PAP) Members of Parliament (MPs) pose for photo-ops with the media when launching estate upgrading programmes in the heartlands. In recent days, one would have heard PAP MPs cite their “track record” in the constituencies they are responsible for as proof of their capabilities and performance. The latest one to do …

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Another social media boo boo by PAP MP?

PAP MP for Mountbatten SMC, Lim Biow Chuan, posted the following photo on his Facebook page, apparently on 18 April 2011. Notice that the picture says: “23172 people like this”: But if you click on his actual Facebook page, it has only 244 “likes” – even on 23 April 2011 – as can be seen in the screenshot below: When …

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Shoulder parrots give MPs street cred

Meena Curren RETIRED acupuncturist Zeng Guoyuan, 57 announced his candidacy as an independent for any uncontested ward on Thursday – and then created a frenzy by being interviewed by Channel NewsAsia with a parrot on his shoulder. In what could become a campaign pop trend, many PAP MPs, still stinging from the mounting scathing criticisms against them in cyberspace, are …

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SDP introduces five more candidates for GE

The Singapore Democratic Party introduced its second slate of candidates on Friday for the General Election. They are Mr Mohd Isa Abdul Aziz, Mr Sadasivam Veriyah, Mr Tan Jee Say, Dr Ang Yong Guan and Mr Gerald Sng. You can read about the press conference and the five candidates at the following sites: SDP website. Yahoo News. Channel NewsAsia. Straits …

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Time to make a decision on S’pore: SDP

Jewel Philemon/ Pictures by Jeremy Philemon The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) unveiled its first batch of six candidates for the upcoming General Election (GE) on Thursday, at a press conference held at The Landmark Village Hotel. SDP secretary-general Dr Chee Soon Juan said the slate of candidates the party will be fielding in this GE are ‘high-calibre professionals’ and ‘committed …

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