Opinion

Dissolve PA in the interest of national unity

~by: Joseph Teo~ Ever since the news broke in the middle of the presidential elections that the Citizens Consultative Committee (CCC) at Paya Lebar could not invite Mr. Chen Shao Mao of the Worker’s Party (WP) and the elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Paya Lebar to dinner, there has been much questioning of the People’s Association’s role, structure and operations. In examining this …

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Tan Kin Lian's contribution to a freak election

~by: Lim Tong Kay~ Mr Tan Kin Lian showed courage, effort and commitment in participating in the last Presidential Election (PE).  He was courageous in revealing his reaction on sensitive matters relating to the Internal Security Act.  In his own way, he spoke calmly, frankly, clearly and applied his creative mind in trying to expand the role of the president …

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He just wants to die

~by: C J Goh~ A long time friend of mine who much earlier in life was diagnosed to be diabetic, and then years later diagnosed with colon cancer (it is now in remission), is now admitted in the hospital again for multiple complications (including water retention in his lungs, cardiac complications and bleeding when he moves his bowels). He is …

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Some Reflections on the Presidential Election 2011

~By: Dr Wong Wee Nam/~ The Presidential Election 2011 is interesting and intriguing for many reasons. For the first time in its 18 year history, there was no walkover and there were no reluctant candidates. In fact the candidates were so keen that what was expected to be a boring affair turned out to be a race as interesting as …

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A lapse not befitting

By Howard Lee/ cartoon by Joshua Chiang I have always had faith in institutions of public service. To me, the public service has always represented the very best of human nature – service to fellow citizens. Yes, some would call it the iron rice bowl, although those in the rank and file now would attest that it is hardly true …

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Ministerial Salaries – can economics explain?

~ by Dr Ivan Png ~ Since 1994, when they were first pegged to the pay of the highest local earners in six professions, salaries of our government ministers have been a very controversial issue. But while listed companies benchmark their executives’ pay against comparable businesses, ministerial pay has no such market reference. As Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean …

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Elected Presidency may be Tony Tan’s toughest challenge yet

By Joshua Chiang/ I ran into an academic/blogger at Toa Payoh Stadium in the wee hours of Sunday morning. The recounting was ongoing, but by then it was becoming clear that Dr Tony Tan would win the Presidential elections by the narrowest of margins. So we talked about what was the foremost thing in our minds – did Tan Jee …

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President guards Reserves: Really?

Leong Sze Hian/ I agree with Presidential candidate Dr Tony Tan’s remarks (“PE: President’s custodial responsibilities are important: Tony Tan”, Channel NewsAsia, Aug 19) that the custodial responsibilities of the president are an extremely important part of Singapore’s economic governance, especially over the use of the country’s financial reserves. Used more than 27 times, but nobody knows? In this regard, President Nathan revealed recently …

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Political gridlock or sterility, PM?

Howard Lee/ It would not likely be the last comment from the ruling People’s Action Party leading up to the Presidential elections, but the latest comments from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong just happen to strike a raw nerve. For your benefit, here is the quote extract from the Straits Times (emphasis mine): “We must have a harmonious political system …

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Leopards and spots

by: Siew Kum Hong/ It is as if the PAP is determined to prove that leopards cannot change their spots. The People’s Association can try its best to spin the truth, but the latest revelation from the Workers’ Party completely destroys any plausible deniability that could possibly be left. The Workers’ Party’s revelation has to be read to be believed, …

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