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Opinion

Is the Merdeka Generation package a vote buying bag of benefits or a tribute?

by Khush Chopra We are told the purpose or objective of the MGP is tributary in nature to recognise the contributions of that cohort to the economic and national development of Singapore “to honour them for what they have done for Singapore.” As set out in Channel NewsAsia (CNA) online here: “First announced during Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National …

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Death Penalty – Singapore, What is Going On?

by M Ravi I was at the European Parliament yesterday, and in a rare occasion, felt less pride in adorning my Singapore Badge. A representative from the Council of Europe highlighted Singapore’s leading role in opposing the move by the UN General Assembly to pass a resolution to abolish or impose a moratorium on death penalty. Quite a number (almost …

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Open letter to all PAP cadres: Please focus on serving Singapore

by Diana Sharma This is an open letter to all People’s Action Party (PAP) cadres:  Please, please, please rethink why you enter politics and look at the direction that the current PAP is going. I sincerely believe that most Singaporeans who enter politics, regardless if they join the PAP or the opposition parties, do so with a pure heart to serve …

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The Art of PAPsplaining

by Law Kim Hwee There’s mansplaining, womansplaining…there’s also whitesplaining….then there’s PAPsplaining in Singapore and for Singaporeans only. Wiki, BBC, Merriam-Webster explain the various meanings. I’m here to try to capture how in our uniquely Singapore context, our ruling, dominant political leaders have been “PAPsplaining” issues and failures, in particular – to us Singaporeans. What is PAPsplaining? PAPsplaining is when members, especially leaders, of …

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The CPF and HDB ticking timebombs

by Brad Bowyer The post on the comparison with Germany and Denmark sparked a lot of heated debate and brought one BIG and very worrying fact to the surface. But first a clarification because a lot of people got lost in the comparison of EVERYTHING about Germany and Denmark and micro analysing figures, but this is unimportant in the BIG …

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2019 Budget does not address cost of living concerns at all

by Kok Ming Cheang The Straits Times (ST) published an article last Wednesday (20 February) titled “Budget addresses cost of living concerns, says Heng Swee Keat.” This statement by Finance Minister and PM-Designate Mr Hen Swee Keat cannot be further from the truth. In the “Ask The Finance Minister programm” televised over Channel Newsasia (CNA), Mr Heng fielded questions from …

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Criticising the PAP is now “undermining national unity”?

by Khush Chopra In Parliament yesterday (26 Feb 2019), Member of Parliament and Workers’ Party chief Pritam Singh brought the Merdeka Generation Package (MGP) and its timing into sharp focus on day one of the Budget debate yesterday. Pritam Singh rightfully questioned the timing of the MGP. He questioned the government during the Budget debate about the “the ground feel” …

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