Current Affairs

Bears, bikes and baby-cuddlers – snapshots of opposition walkabout

Photos by Benjamin Cheah, Jewel Philemon,  Jeremy Philemon and Joshua Chiang Extra photos by New Asia Republic As the General Election approaches, the various parties are out in full force, and so are our reporters and photographers. Below are some snapshots of candidates from Singapore People’s Party, National Solidarity Party and Singapore Democratic Party doing their walkabout on Sunday, 27th …

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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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