Opinion

Measuring the Mandate of the People: Approval Voting

Jeremy Chen/ The Elected Presidency is an office where the President is directly elected by the people. In our current elections, there are four “approved” candidates, which makes it tough for a single candidate to garner more than 50% of the electoral vote in a First-Past-the-Post (a.k.a. one-man-one-vote) voting system. With 50% being the default standard for “having the mandate …

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Much a-boo about nothing?

Joshua Chiang/Photos by Shawn Danker The jeers that greeted Presidential candidate Dr Tony Tan as he took to the stage to give his speech on Nomination Day were loud enough that those who were watching the live broadcast on Channel Newsasia could here. “I think it is deeply disappointing to have people who will not even listen. I hope that …

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Migrating from the lunatic fringe to cowboy towns

Howard Lee / In the aftermath of the general election, you would have seen continual efforts by the ruling People’s Action Party to discredit and cast suspicion on the intent and quality of the online media. We should have guessed, then, that this would culminate in the National Day Rally being, once again, an opportunity for the Prime Minister to …

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What percentage of students in our universities are Singaporeans?

I refer to the National Day Rally speech about ‘Singaporeans First’ in the universities (“At a glance, key points from Prime Minister Lee’s speech“, ST, Aug 15). Calls have been made in the past for the Government to continue monitoring carefully the proportion of foreign students in our educational institutions to ensure that the proportion matches the present and future …

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PM’s National Day rally: Points for discussion

The following is a letter from a TOC reader on issues raised during Prime Minister’s National Day Rally 2011 speech in English Bill Tng/ I like to raise some issues that I like all Singaporeans to discuss that are pointed out by the PM during his National Day Rally Speech in English. I will keep my points short. Pt 2: …

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What percentage of students in our universities are Singaporeans

  By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the National Day Rally speech about ‘Singaporeans First’ in the universities (“At a glance, key points from Prime Minister Lee’s speech“, ST, Aug 15). Calls have been made in the past for the Government to continue monitoring carefully the proportion of foreign students in our educational institutions to ensure that the proportion …

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What percentage of students in our universities are Singaporeans?

By Leong Sze Hian What percentage of students in our universities are Singaporeans? Posted by theonlinecitizen on August 16, 2011 I refer to the National Day Rally speech about ‘Singaporeans First’ in the universities (“At a glance, key points from Prime Minister Lee’s speech“, ST, Aug 15). Calls have been made in the past for the Government to continue monitoring carefully …

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More taxing for charities?

by: Leong Sze Hian/ I refer to the article “When a charity’s business does too well …“ (ST, Aug 1). It states that “Charity organisation The Helping Hand’s business, which includes selling teak furniture made by residents at its halfway house, did so well it now has to charge customers goods and services tax. About 100 charities are already GST-registered“. …

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No Government endorsement: Not fair to Presidential candidate?

Leong Sze Hian/ I refer to the article “Seven trade unions endorse Tony Tan: Presidential candidate also holds dialogue with SMCCI members, pays tribute to Malay community” (Today, Aug 12). It states that: “The seven unions are the first from the labour movement to announce their decision, following the NTUC’s new approach on endorsing presidential candidates. NTUC chief Lim Swee …

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Is SMRT implying that the noise level is a constraint on increasing train trips?

by: Leong Sze Hian/ I refer to media reports (“Increased frequency of train trips means higher noise level: SMRT”, Channel NewsAsia, Jul 29) that SMRT has added 1,600 train trips since 2008, which has resulted in a higher level of noise, with SMRT receiving complaints from residents in Jurong East and Eunos. For example, the noise level at Bishan MRT station …

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