Recent reports have emphasised the leadership selection that is soon going to take place within the Peoples' Action Party (PAP). Given that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (PM Lee) has announced that he will be stepping down within the next few years, Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam has indicated that a new Prime Ministerial candidate will be named before …Read More »
In an interview with Bloomberg last Wed (19 Sep), Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said Singapore needs to bring in foreign talent in areas including software programming while the country re-balances its education system to meet future demands. A key issue is whether Singapore has a critical mass of workers to make itself a vibrant economy that will attract investments …Read More »
If 377A is repealed, people will realise that other families are just part of the normal variation in society
by Martin Piper I'm very concerned about the comments from National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS), Archbishop William Goh and Pergas who all used spurious rhetoric such as "threaten the importance of the traditional family unit as the foundation of a society" and "concern towards moral and social values, that can affect the family institution as well as the …Read More »
‘Scary’ HDB price statistics on growing difference between value of HDB flats over and under 40 years?
The ‘propaganda onslaught’ on the ‘HDB 99-year’ problem continues? I refer to the article “What it should have been” (Straits Times, Sep 25). The ST article states that: “In a Sunday Times report headlined “Old is gold for these buyers of ageing HDB flats“, we said that National Development Minister Lawrence Wong had warned people not to pay overly high …Read More »
During a Parliamentary budget debate in Mar 1985, then opposition Member of Parliament JB Jeyaretnam revealed that the salary of Singapore Prime Minister already exceeded that of first world countries like UK and New Zealand. Mr Jeyaretnam: Mr Speaker, Sir, the Prime Minister keeps talking about, "Let's have a sense of proportion." This is what I am trying to urge …Read More »
Irresponsible and incompetent of PM Lee for not picking a successor after making it a promise years ago
by Simon Lim The Minister of Home Affairs and Law, K Shanmugam said that Singaporeans will have a clearer picture of the next prime minister in 2019. I didn't like what I have read. I will explain. When the PAP won the general election in 2015, PM Lee Hsien Loong – accompanied by Tharman Shanmugaratnam – said that among his …Read More »
Just as we don’t agree with Thum being singled out, we should not by the same vein, single Pritam Singh out.
The particular political landscape in Singapore has seen us (whether rightly or wrongly) impose higher standards on our opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) than those from the incumbent Peoples' Action Party (PAP). While unfair, this standard is hardly surprising. For those who have voted for the opposition, they do implicitly feel that they have put their neck on the line …Read More »
by CT I am currently a Year 6 student studying in one of the top class in Raffles Junior College. In my class, almost everyone is considered "gifted" by our Singapore education system. Many of my classmates represent Singapore in International Olympiads and Research Competitions and are top scorers of Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE). Sadly, almost half of my …Read More »
In a submission to TOC, an alumnus of St Joseph Institution (SJI) has expressed his disappointment towards the anti-activism stance held by the current heads of his alma mater, and their subsequent silence regarding the matter. The alumnus wrote that "many alumni of the school were in shock, and there have been intense debates on closed Facebook groups" regarding Vice-Principal …Read More »
In 2011, the Workers’ Party spectacularly captured a Group Representation Constituency, ousting a People’s Action Party team helmed by two ministers and a senior minister of state. But four years later, it only won by a whisker against the weakest GRC team ever fielded by the PAP. Currently, the WP also has a court case hanging over its head like …Read More »