Commentaries

Decoding the narratives of the 2017 presidential election campaign
By The Online Citizen Published on by The Online Citizen 0

by Vernon Chan We have established that Singapore’s People’s Action Party government and its proxy campaign for candidate Halimah failed to craft a winning narrative for the election that was credible. Big picture concepts like meritocracy and multiracialism were thrown up in order Read More

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The 2017 Presidential Election – An unmitigated fiasco
By The Online Citizen Published on by The Online Citizen 0

by Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss Flushed with political capital from a trouncing 70% mandate captured at the September 2015 General Elections, the PAP Government kicked off its 13th Parliament in January 2016 by announcing plans to make changes to Singapore’s political system. Presumably to serve Singaporeans, Read More

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Enbloc Sale – Can you lose money from it?
By icompareloan Published on by icompareloan 0

When is Enbloc good or bad news? Receiving an enbloc offer for your property is akin to striking lottery. So who wouldn’t be pleased with it? Not everyone actually. Some may have an emotional attachment to their home or location as their family Read More

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Breaking the presidency and Singapore, straw by straw
By The Online Citizen Published on by The Online Citizen 0

by Vernon Chan The radical changes to the presidency that the People’s Action Party (PAP) mooted and enacted in 2016 have angered a public originally resigned to seeing the office incrementally remade at the whims of the PAP, for the convenience of the Read More

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Part 1 of “The Big Singapore Market Upgrade of 2017”: Downsized Properties
By The Online Citizen Published on by The Online Citizen 0

by Ku Swee Yong, Advisor to HugProperty and Shannon Aw Qian Tong, undergraduate from the Department of Real Estate, National University of Singapore. Positive news in the real estate sector started to stream in early in 2017. We began the year with promising Read More

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Before the reservation: The internal contradictions of Singapore’s elected presidency
By The Online Citizen Published on by The Online Citizen 0

by Vernon Chan Lee Hsien Loong’s People’s Action Party (PAP) government began in 2016 its radical reforms to the elected presidency, a rush job of the highest order. A case was made out for the necessity of the changes at the beginning of the Read More

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Religious or not, debate about the public good should be opened up to all, especially not just the PAP
By Carlton Tan Published on by Carlton Tan 0

The insights offered by the former Head of the Civil Service, Lim Siong Guan, seem to have been lost amidst the kerfuffle over his comments about the decline of religion in Singapore. In his lecture, Can Singapore Fall? The Accidental Nation, delivered on Read More

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Madam President, it’s time to move out; either you suffer higher security risks or taxpayers must pay for costlier protection
By Carlton Tan Published on by Carlton Tan 0

We get it. Absent an election, the next best way to demonstrate you are the people’s president is by living as they do—in a HDB flat. The only problem? Mdm Halimah Yacob lives in two where most of us only have one. The Read More

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Don’t be surprised by reserved election, it fits within the pattern of neo-colonial authoritarian rule
By Carlton Tan Published on by Carlton Tan 0

The UK just suffered another terror attack on 16 September, just months after the London Bridge stabbing. This time, a bomb went off at a train station, injuring 29 people. Despite this, British politicians haven’t attempted to reintroduce sedition laws or detention without Read More

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Train breakdowns: Is dishonesty really the best policy?
By Carlton Tan Published on by Carlton Tan 0

Last updated on September 17th, 2017 at 12:40 pmAnother train breakdown, another delay, another inaccurate estimate given. Please. Why can’t we just be honest about it? Every time the train service breaks down, SMRT will euphemistically call it a “track fault” or a Read More

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